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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Chalk Giants by Keith Roberts. It's the eve of the 20th-century's final conflict.
But Stan Potts is ready for Armageddon. It's to be an eventful journey. Across Potts' gaze pass the ravaged survivors; the mutant genius born outside his time; the villagers of the new stone age with their credulous, sexually complex lives; the iron age horsemen; the terror of the sea-borne marauders. Dream or reality? Future or racial memory? Forecast or myth? Every reader will pass his own verdict on this uniquely challenging book.
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Start your review of The Chalk Giants. Feb 08, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: fictionsci-fi-and-fantasy. This linkage, in the edition I read, is slight, involving a returning fertility goddess. How these links are harmonized, is a bit muddy. And if you take a step back, you will see the rise and fall of religions, kingdoms, and peoples. You will find in these stories fully developed characters, which includes abusive priests, heroes, a philosopher king, a mad king, a calculating court fool, and a returning female figure that can be both kind and cruel.
And the beauty is found in the characters — for whatever their shortcomings, they are never less than human. Roberts is a writer I want to read more of.
One note on editions: My edition omits a framing story and I believe another story as wellinvolving a man dreaming of a coming nuclear apocalypse. So beware the Berkley Putnam edition. I thought about rating this book 4 stars because of this, but the quality of what I did read was so high, than anything less than jason - The Chalk Giants - mammals all stars seemed wrong. View all 3 comments. Apr 02, Dfordoom rated it liked it Shelves: sf-fantasy.
Keith Roberts is best known for Pavaneone of the masterpieces of alternate history. The Chalk Giants is a post-apocalyptic novel, but very different from the usual run of What To Disturb - Various - Disturbances books.
There are parallel narratives that loop back on themselves. Much of the book deals with a society that is once more in the grip of ritual and myth, and a belief in magic. Roberts deals with these subjects particularly well, and also with the interactions between myth, magic, power and sex. He reminds me just a little of Henry Treece Cancion Para Mis Viejos - Grupo Farallones - Mestizo Hermano his skill in conveying the feel of society dominated by belief in magic and the supernatural.
Definitely worth reading. Jul 15, Alex Sarll added it. A story cycle covering the apocalypse and after, dominated like Roberts' masterpiece Pavane jason - The Chalk Giants - mammals all the ancient, English omphalos of Corfe Castle. Heady and mystical though it is, for me it's not quite the equal of that book or indeed Kiteworld. There's a lot Play Your Part - Flotsam And Jetsam - Ugly Noise admire in Roberts' portrayal of the double-edged sword of lust et cetera, and its impact on jason - The Chalk Giants - mammals all end of our history and the beginning of what comes after, but the recurrence of certain details feels a little more like authorial obsession A story cycle covering the apocalypse and after, dominated like Roberts' masterpiece Pavane by the ancient, English omphalos of Corfe Castle.
There's a lot to admire in Roberts' portrayal of the double-edged sword of lust et jason - The Chalk Giants - mammals alland its impact on the end of our history and the beginning of what comes after, but the recurrence of certain details feels a little more like authorial obsession than evidence of any eternal cycle. I didn't actually read it in this rather lurid paperback, but in an omnibus with two others I've read before, printed by SF Gateway - a Gollancz project with the commendable aim of getting some of the huge amount of SF classics out there back into e-'print' at least Oct 06, Martin rated it liked it Shelves: armageddon-apocalypsefantasykindlescience-fictionwar.
After a nuclear war, it seems that England reverts to a state of barbarism, with warring medieval-style kingdoms and a pagan religion; the later parts reminded me of "Game of Thrones", though this was written many years earlier. This is more a series of linked stories than a novel, and although some of the individual stories are good, they did not really hang together well in my opinion. Sep 13, Peter Dunn rated it it was ok.
I have really been getting into Roberts lately with his fascination for pre or post technological societies and with his hankering for elements mystical "lost" old Britain, but this book rather put me off with its constant use of rape as a plot device. Sep 25, Patrice rated it liked it. This review jason - The Chalk Giants - mammals all been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I tracked it down fairly recently and when I discovered it was part of a novel I was thrilled. I had so many unanswered questions, like: Who put Monkey in the truck and why? Who were Pru and Sal? What exactly was wrong with Monkey? Anyway, I had high hopes that the novel would weave the Better - SAINT PEPSI - Hit Vibes to these questions into the narrative.
I did have the edition with the framing story. I had no problem with the changing narratives and the time jumps, and I understand at least I think I do that we have the ancient civilization, the folks who carved the original naked guy on the hill, repeating itself into the far future, with Stan Potts floating in and out between chapters and acting weird—but it never did.
For a while I thought creepy Stan and his huge truck full of food and other supplies might have been the Monkey prototype but no link was ever established.
So one of my favorite short stories of all time is just sitting in the book like a large goose egg. It could have been left out Lazy Day - Robert Farnon And His Orchestra - Pictures In The Fire. I did get a little weary of the same storyline repeated over and over.
The goddess who seems lovey-dovey then turns murderous. Her female love interest. The rapey corn god. But who was Monkey? Jan 03, Andy rated it liked it. Some good writing here - atmosphere and action especially - but ultimately I found the recurring themes a bit wearing and samey. It has good stories, but it is terribly difficult to read. I would say the reading difficulty would be comparable to opening about halfway through and trying to understand what is going on.
Dec jason - The Chalk Giants - mammals all , Benjamin rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Nobody. Shelves: own. I don't often hate a book, but this qualified. Could not finish it. Still don't like it, but it isn't hanging over me any more. Mark rated it really liked it Feb 13, Subotai44 rated it did not like it Dec 06, Simon rated it liked it May 12,
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