Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Kracken Wakes, By John Wyndham

I went to the library recently and returned Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids. I had enjoyed that book and a quick Google search directed me to two other apocalyptic novels by Wyndham I might want to read: The Kraken Wakes & The Chrysalids. When I went into the library I couldn't find either book alone, but I found an Omnibus. I should have looked more carefully the first time I was there, the Omnibus had all three apocalyptic novels in it, so I read them in the order published therein. As mentioned before, I had already read the first (Triffids) so I read Kraken next.

I really enjoyed Triffids, but I might have liked Kraken better. Part of it is the relationship to our modern-day scourge of global warming. Another part is the way so many people speak in terms of absolutes about what they know, when they really know nothing. It's one of those constants in life I guess, politicians are always blow hards, know-it-all neighbors, etc. And there was something fun about reading Kraken at the beach, since the book is so water-based.

Interested to see what happens in the final book of the Omnibus.

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