Roadside Picnic

By Arkady Strugatsky

Rating: 3 stars

It’s a future earth that has been Visited by aliens who left several Zones full of ‘stuff’ and then disappeared. The zones are dangerous places, but full of riches and ‘stalkers’ often go into them illegally to scavenge objects that they sell on. One such stalker is Red Schuhart, who goes in to support his wife and mutant daughter, searching for the legandary Golden Ball, which is rumoured to grant the wishes of men.

This was an interesting book although I dunno how much I enjoyed it. The main characters are mostly sympathetic and believable, but the ending was a bit weird, and fairly sudden.

Book details

ISBN: 9780575070530
Publisher: Gollancz
Year of publication: 1972

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