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Picnic on Paradise

By Joanna Russ

Rating: 3 stars

Alyx is a woman removed from her time and she is currently assigned to help a group of eight tourists get to safety as war breaks on a beautiful tourist planet.

This is a short novel and an odd one. Alyx is a fascinating character, struggling to get to grips with the time she’s thrown into and the social mores of the strange group she is assigned to protect and who she slowly grows to care for. I shot through the whole thing in an afternoon, but I suspect it would benefit from a slower re-read to better appreciate both the writing and the concepts. Maybe, if I ever get through my to-read pile (fat chance), I’ll go back to it.

Book details

Publisher: Ace Books (NYC)
Year of publication: 1968

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