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Monday, January 14, 2008

Poets of Action--The Pelbar Cycle Books

The Pelbar Cycle is a 7 book series of a post-apocalypse society. You may feel you have been there done that but think again. Paul O. Williams’ characterizations are vivid, loveable and sometimes despicable, in short, very, very believable. First the series is a good read. If you aren’t enticed, entertained and addicted, you won’t plow through a 7 book series.

The portrayal of splintered remnant society after a nuclear holocaust is sobering. The vagrancies of fate provide multiple societies, in some ways simplistically illustrating many of our current social groups. It is easy to identify with many of the characters. Individuality is frequently suppressed by most of the splintered factions but individuality is what saves the fabric of the emerging cohesive society. The poets of action are those annoying intervals who won’t bow to convention for convention’s sake. They are the lonely voice of reason in a chorus of suppression. They are the catalysts the change the world.

Every page does not make you pause and ponder or you would never get through 7 books. However there is a veritable banquet of food for thought if you can open your mind to differing mindsets. Too often, I found myself reading well after I planned on going to bed or doing something else. I found the books compelling, troubling and reassuring. Do yourself a favor and track them down.

The Pelbar Cycle, “The Breaking of Northwall #1: The Ends of the Circle #2; The Dome in the Forest #3; The Fall of the Shell #4; An Ambush of Shadows #5; The Song of the Axe #6 and The Sword of Forebearance #7”.

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