Thursday, 29 November 2012

The Postman by David Brin

While perusing the bookstore this weekend, I noticed that Orbit has released a new edition of David Brin’s The Postman. Since I have been meaning to read the book for years, I figured this was a good excuse to pick it up.  

While I enjoyed the book, it fell far short of the classic for which I was hoping. The first half of the book is a fun, tense story of survival, discovery, and the dawning of hope for new future, but the second half bogs down in a mish-mash of different themes and ideas that don’t completely seem to fit together. I got the impression that the author didn’t fully know where the book was going, and perhaps forced it to its conclusion instead of letting it fully develop.

Still, I read the book in less than three days, so it certainly pulled me along and kept me entertained.  In the rather thin sub-genre of post-apocalyptic works, it probably stands as one of the better ones, but in the larger world of science-fiction and fantasy, it certainly doesn’t crack the top 100. 


  1. Is this the one that the film with Kevin Costner in, is based on then?

  2. That's the one. I saw it years and years ago. I think the plot of the book and the plot of the movie diverge about halfway through.

  3. There are better books by David Brin out there. My favorite is Startide Rising, which deservedly won both a Hugo and Nebula. It's part of the "Uplift Saga" which starts with Sundiver, but Startide Rising was written first and stands on its own pretty well.