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  1. says:

    I m surprised I haven t come across this book before Not only is is a superb little post apocalyptic novel, it s exceptionally well written and interesting Set and written in the 1960s, it s also a fascinating slice of a life gone by attitudes that are surprising, even to those of us who remember living this era I ve been sharing this story with my teenage creative writing class and causing quite a stir Lots of furious teenage girls claiming that Katniss Everdeen is a realistic representation of a woman s life post apocalypse kickass and better than all the men I haven t got the heart to tell them that, no, A Wrinkle in the Skin is accurate Women don t fair well in societies where law and order break down.Highly recommended so far I ll update when done.Finished this book relatively quickly as it s so easy to read, compelling and very well written Recommended for anyone who likes a great read.


  2. says:

    John Christopher writes exciting sci fi novels about catastrophic shifts in the world order He has tackled everything from mass starvation The Death Of Grass to epic changes in the earth s weather The Long Winter to alien invasions The Tripod trilogy to giant earthquakes, which is the central catastrophe of this book.After an enormous series of cataclysmic earthquakes wipes out modern civilization, a group of survivors struggle to stay alive in the ruins of the British Isles.This is one of John Christopher s most gripping adventure stories, filled with strange settings and memorable characters I especially liked the image of the oil tanker beached on the bottom of the now dry English Channel, its sole occupant slowly going mad.


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    As a kid, I very much enjoyed John Christopher s books the Tripods Trilogy The White Mountains , The City of Gold and Lead , and The Pool of Fire as well as the related book When The Tripods Came and also his Sword of the Spirits Trilogy The Prince is Waiting , Beyond the Burning Lands and The Sword of the Spirits.The first trilogy is a sort of War of the Worlds scenario where human survivalists struggle against the alien Tripods that have taken over Earth The second trilogy is a post apocalyptic scenario where after nuclear holocaust, England has reverted to a medieval feudal society.I also liked Dom and Va, a prehistoric story about a boy and a girl, one from a hunting society, the other from a agrarian backgroundBut I never knew that Christopher, real name Christoper Samuel Youd had written over 70 books, many of them adult novels.The 1965 book The Ragged Edge also published under the title A Wrinkle in the Skin is in the post apocalyptic vein he is known for However, it is definitely not a teen novel.In this case, the apocalypse comes in the form of massive, world wide earthquakes It s not believable I m not sure if the problems stem from Christopher s lack of knowledge of plate tectonics, or the state of geological knowledge in the 60 s but hey, just ignore that and get on with it Big earthquakes strike.Our protagonist, a somewhat reclusive man named Cotter, living on the British island of Guernsey, survives.After meeting up with some other survivors, and forming a father son type bond with a young, orphaned boy, he goes on a somewhat obsessive quest to try to find his teenage daughter, who had been away at college.The book gives a very negative and rather sexist viewpoint on humanity The positive aspects and outcomes feel sort of tacked on like, after the other things that have been shown, they don t ring true.On the island, the first group of survivors fall instantly under the sway of a strong man named Miller, who seems to have gained control simply by bossing people around OK, I can hang with the breakdown of society all that but within TWO DAYS, this guy has appointed himself leader, and demanded sexual control of the surviving women, and is talking about founding a dynasty I can t imagine people, even in the face of disaster, going along with something like that The first survivor woman, who goes along with it, is really just referred to as a slut, as if that explains it Seriously, I think after losing all your family, friends, belongings, etc, it would take most people a while to even start WORRYING about sex.Anyway, when, on his quest to the mainland, Cotter falls in with another group of survivors, this group seems a lot better The main woman in the group seems strong and intelligent, and they have a civilized attitude, and an educated doctor in the group, etc But soon Cotter discovers that his assumptions have been a sham, that the woman have simply learned to accept repeated violent rapes from marauding looters, and to acquiesce to the lusts of even the most civilized seeming men in the group.I don t know I don t actually think of myself as having a very high opinion of people in general, but on the other hand, there seems to be this weird urge to think of people as being worse than they are Or maybe it s that we want to believe that people NEED structure and authority in order to behave well, and without it, things will fall apart instantly It reminds me a lot of the reportage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans the news was talking about how aid couldn t even get in because it was chaos, people were being raped and murdered left and right, wild looters were shooting at aid helicopters, etcBut when the actual facts came out, one person had fired a blank into the air to try to attract the attention of the aid helicopter because they needed aid And the rapes and murders for that time period were actually MUCH LOWER than the number of rapes and murders that usually happened in New Orleans on an AVERAGE day In my perception of things, I really think that, for many people, disaster can bring out the best in them, rather than the worst I think many people will find themselves capable of banding together, cooperating and helping one another to an extent that in normal, day to day life, they would not.So, that s my positive, pro humanity statement for today


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    Although most of us probably deem earthquakes to be relatively infrequent phenomena, the truth is that, as of this writing in late November, almost 150 such seismic events, ranging from relatively minor to completely devastating, have transpired somewhere in the world in 2016 alone That s an average of one earthquake every two or three days But although these events are not only, uh, earth shattering for those in the areas directly affected, few would deem them a possible concern for long term, apocalyptic scenarios, as might be the case with, say, an asteroid collisionexcept, that is, British author John Christopher, in his 1965 novel A Wrinkle in the Skin Christopher, who was born in Lancashire in 1922, had already pleased this reader with his 1956 classic The Death of Grass which told of a worldwide panic after all wheat and barley crops are infected with a virus , and had followed up with 1962 s The World in Winter, which depicted a new Ice Age A Wrinkle in the Skin aka The Ragged Edge turns out to be another very fine Christopher novel in the postapocalyptic vein, depicting a world in chaos following the mother of all quakes.In the book, the reader makes the acquaintance of Matthew Cotter, a middle aged divorc who is currently living on the Channel Island of Guernsey and who has become a grower of tomatoes Satisfied with his lot, if not especially happy, he finds his life quite literally upended one night when a monstrous quake hits the small island, following a season of similar quakes around the world Cotter, as it turns out, is one of the few survivors on the island, where practically no building has been left standing To his astonishment, he also soon finds that all the water in the Channel has been drained away, leaving the Channel Islands islands no longer After taking up with a band of his fellow survivors for a short time, Cotter resolves to walk across the mud of the now drying seabed and attempt to trek on to East Sussex on the mainland, to see if his daughter Jane might still be alive He is joined by a 10 year old boy, Billy, whose life he had previously saved after the Guernsey disaster, and together, the two explore this strange new environment, where the floor of the sea now lies open to the light of day Once on the mainland, the pair takes up with another band of survivors, who have managed to stay civilized in the face of an increasingly violent and starving populace Ultimately, Cotter and Billy decide to press on, but can Jane really still be alive in the midst of such devastation and universal panic A Wrinkle in the Skin was chosen for inclusion in Jones Newman s excellent overview volume Horror Another 100 Best Books, and I suppose that it might strike some as an unusual choice, in juxtaposition with the other supernatural, fantasy, serial killer and satanic novels therein Still, I m certain that anyone who has ever been in even a minor earth tremor thank heavens, I never have would deem it a fairly horrifying experience, indeed Beyond this basic premise, Christopher s novel does offer up any number of scenes guaranteed to chill His descriptions of the razed buildings and countless putrescent corpses pull no punches, while his depictions of the Channel seabed toe the fine line between eerie and the phantasmagorical although these latter descriptions don t come close to the borderline psychedelic ruins found in J.G Ballard s postapocalyptic outings The Drowned World and The Crystal World Cotter and Billy have any number of run ins with violent yobbos, and these sequences, too, are unfailingly tense and frightening And then there is the wonderfully dreamlike interlude in which our wayfarers come upon a beached oil tanker in the middle of the Channel, are welcomed most hospitably by its sole occupant, Captain Skiopos, and slowly come to the realization that the captain has become quite insane But what apparently horrified British author Simon Clark the most, and induced him to choose the novel for inclusion in the Jones Newman volume, is the matter of fact scene in which April, a survivor who Cotter takes up with, describes the multiple rapings that she has been subjected to since the calamity began Again, Christopher does not sugarcoat the events in his novel it is a fairly realistic affair, right down to Cotter s finding or not findingI would not think of revealing which Jane amongst all the destruction.John Christopher, who is perhaps best known today for his YA trilogy dealing with The Tripods, is an excellent writer, of course, and his 1965 novel shows him in great form, a master of both dialogue and interior monologues, convincing geographical description, and well drawn characters Cotter is an especially fine creation, a man who at first blush is presented as aloof and indifferent, but who soon reveals himself to be caring and decent his relationship with the sweet and spunky Billy is especially well described A Wrinkle in the Skin ends on a fairly abrupt yet oddly pleasing note I wouldn t exactly call it a happy ending, although it does hold out a promise of happiness for Cotter in the future The author, had he chosen, could easily have made this novel the opening salvo for an entire series of books set in an increasingly seismically challenged world, but as it stands, the novel nevertheless succeeds in satisfying on its own It is a fairly relentless page turner, and one that would make for a terrific Hollywood blockbuster, if done right.Inevitably, the book is not without some very minor problems My main complaint is that we never learn precisely the extent of the devastation Yes, we see that the Channel and southern England have been pretty much wiped out, but what about northern England And France And the U.S., for that matter In an early section, one of the characters, a geologist, theorizes that our planet could very well now be entering into a new phase of mountain building, and it would have been interesting to learn whether that statement had any merit or not Again, this is an area that some possible sequels might have touched upon My other quibble with Christopher s book is something that only fans of old Hollywood movies yeah, that s me would notice, and involves Captain Skiopos showing Cotter and Billy a film starring once husband and wife Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner The only problem is, the two never appeared in a film together But again, this is a minor quibble, when stacked against Christopher s significant accomplishment here.Writing in the Jones Newman volume, Clark mentions that A Wrinkle in the Skin was real terror for the 1950s reader, and I suppose the case could be made for the 21st century reader, as well Scottish critic David Pringle, writing of the book in his Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, says it is perhaps Christopher s best catastrophe tale after his famous The Death of Grass, and he is a source that I ve long trusted Exciting, evocative and at times quite moving, Christopher s novel is perfect fare for the horror or sci fi fan who s in the mood for something different As was the case with the Channel Islands and all of southern England, it will probably leave you pretty well shaken By the way, this review originally appeared on the FanLit website at a perfect destination for all fans of John Christopher.


  5. says:

    This is another enjoyable slab of post apocalyptic cosy catastrophe from John Christopher Earlier in the year, I read Christopher s The Death of Grass That was lean, taut, and gripping, with a particular grey bleakness This book follows a similar pattern ordinary people surviving a catastrophe but here the catastrophe has a unlikely cause worldwide earthquakes that cause severe damage and disruption Of course, the book was written in the early 1960s, when much less was known about plate tectonics, so colossal earthquakes perhaps had some plausibility.Ultimately, though, the science is irrelevant, and to place post apocalyptic novels in the science fiction genre is perhaps mistaken Because after the initiating disaster, such books inevitably become about people, about society and human relationships, about what makes state and society.There is much to fear in the post apocalytic world rape, pillage, murder, illness, death That much is made plain, and Christopher does not shy away from it And in a lovely Ballardian moment involving a stranded cargo ship, there is madness and defiance too In some ways, this is a novel that sits between the apocalyptic niche Ballard carved out in books such as The Drowned World and The Wind from Nowhere and the very British catastrophes of John Wyndham.The prose is as clean and lean as in The Death of Grass It has a kind of traditional, British style I associate with Orwell, Greene and Somerset Maugham, a style I find myself favouring at the moment This novel is, in the end, less desolate, less gloomy than The Death of Grass Its conclusion offers some optimism amid the devastation and wildness There is a kind of hope that, however hard it might be at that moment, in the future a good, just and fair society can be rebuilt.


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    Another powerfully told apocalyptic adventure story told by John Christopher, this time it s a rapid and severe bout of geological activity that overnight wipes out most of humanity as far as we know and completely destroys every standing structure The narrative follows the experience of our protagonist Matthew who s living on the island of Guernsey He manages to survive the night of violent earthquakes by being out in the garden investigating a strange noise and being protected by the strong yet flexible bamboo stalks We then follow his discoveries as he learns that most of his fellow islanders are not so lucky and were crushed in their own homes Not only that but the channel seems to have disappeared The handful of survivors soon try to start setting up a camp with a view to longer term survival but Matthew s heart lies elsewhere, with his daughter who was living in Surrey Against the odds, he sets out on a quest to find out if she s still alive.As much as a journey to find his daughter, it is also a journey towards coming to terms with the world as it is, and also coming to terms with himself There are also quite a few meditations on the effects of sudden civilization loss on the survivors in terms of what sort of behaviour they resort to How many will attempt to rebuild a stable life and hold on to society s morals instead of merely running around in packs, raping and pillaging those weaker than themselves


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    This book dates back to the 60s and some of the language and nuances do show themselves up but considering this books limitations it just goes to show how compelling the storyline is and the imagery used if it can stand the test of time This book was labelled part of the cosy catastrophe the story is intended to be down beat and show the darker sides of human nature Never intended to be used as a vehicle to horrify its readers the book still has some strong images such as the walk across the channel.I guess this along with the death of grass have a timeless starkness which is still as compelling now as it was then.


  8. says:

    Another apocalypse science fiction book I read two books of this genre in January 2009 Happy New Year The other one was Alas, Babylon I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed both of these books This book made me want to be a better walker.


  9. says:

    this could ve been good, if the main character didn t have his head shoved so far up his ass nothing can compare to The Stand, for my money.


  10. says:

    Post apocalypse a go go with a bone white sparsity that seems to be this author s gift to give I don t know why John Christopher is so obsessed with what happens when it all goes Pete Tong but he s bloody good at describing it and how people will react Those reactions are as mixed as a sack full of hundreds and thousands which also includes five badgers and an angry Brian May And it features Guernsey which is always welcome, even if it s a Guernsey thrown up into the air, left high and dry, full of rubble and rotting corpses Apparently his real name was Sam Youd Well, youd expect that would mean something But it doesn t.


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A Wrinkle in the Skin download A Wrinkle in the Skin, read online A Wrinkle in the Skin, kindle ebook A Wrinkle in the Skin, A Wrinkle in the Skin 43e1832575d7 A Wrinkle In The Skin Aka The Ragged Edge Is A Post Apocalyptic Science Fiction Novel Written By The British Author Samuel Youd Under The Pen Name Of John ChristopherA Massive Series Of Earthquakes On A Worldwide Scale Reduce Cities To Rubble, Plunging Survivors Into Barbarism Most Of Western Europe Is Dramatically Uplifted, Transforming The English Channel Into A Muddy Desert, While Elsewhere Lands Are Plunged Below Sea Level And FloodedThe Protagonist Is Matthew Cotter, A Guernsey Horticulturalist Who Finds Himself One Of Only A Handful Of Survivors On The Former Island Cotter Decides To Trek Across The Empty Seabed To England, In The Faint Hope His Daughter Has Somehow Survived