The Breaking of Northwall

One thousand years after a devastating and chaotic series of nuclear exchanges, all that is left of the United States of America are scattered, warring tribes and small city states One of the latter is Pelbar proud, civilized, and intolerant of change and new ideas Rebels and troublemakers are sentenced to a year of exile at the massive midwestern fortress of Northwall,One thousand years after a devastating and chaotic series of nuclear exchanges, all that is left of the United States of America are scattered, warring tribes and small city states One of the latter is Pelbar proud, civilized, and intolerant of change and new ideas Rebels and troublemakers are sentenced to a year of exile at the massive midwestern fortress of Northwall, defending Pelbar against the fierce Shumai and Sentani tribes Restless and brilliant Jestak is a visionary who has seen and learned too much in his distant travels to be content with life in Pelbarigan During his exile at Northwall, he makes contact with Pelbar s age old enemies and risks all to rescue his beloved Tia from nomads armed with long lost weapons from before the atomic holocaust Jestak s daring quest for love brings profound changes to his world The Breaking of Northwall is the first in a series of seven classic postapocalyptic novels about the Pelbar people Williams s fascinating and uniquely optimistic vision of an America long after a nuclear war has enthralled readers for decades.
The Breaking of Northwall One thousand years after a devastating and chaotic series of nuclear exchanges all that is left of the United States of America are scattered warring tribes and small city states One of the latter i

  • Title: The Breaking of Northwall
  • Author: Paul O. Williams
  • ISBN: 9780803298514
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Das heutige Buch, das ich rezensiere, ist der erste Teil einer Septologie. Die Pelbar Reihe erschien das erste Mal auf Deutsch vor 30 Jahren (1985) und ist nun wieder erhältlich im Cross Cult Verlag, mit neuer Aufmachung und einer überarbeiteten Übersetzung. Paul O. Williams schrieb nicht viele Romane und mit dieser Reihe sorgte er für viel Aufsehen und gewann den John W. Campbell Award 1983 als Nachwuchsautor. Erster Satz des Buches: "Wieder einmal stieg Adai von Jestan gegen Abend mühevol [...]

    2. Paul O. Williams, The Breaking of Northwall (University of Nebraska Press, 1980)Ever since I heard that the University of Nebraska was going to be reprinting an obscure seven-book paperback-original science fiction saga from the eighties (originally published by Ballantine), I've been intrigued by the concept. This is especially true give that it's University of Nebraska press, who normally do history books and Native American studies. What is it about the Pelbar Cycle that drove them to re-rele [...]

    3. This book does its best to avoid the tired clichés and overused ideas of this otherwise overdone setting. About a thousand years after a nuclear holocaust, the tiny populations remaining in North America are growing large enough that contact is more and more frequent. All of these societies have their own characteristics based on the region of America they originally came from, and in one case at least, the writings of a visionary leader. All aren't much beyond late medieval levels of technolog [...]

    4. This cycle of stories is one of those hidden gems that needs to gain more recognition, I think. The treatment of male vs female within a society is one of the best features, showing how these two basic aspect of humanity can work together; and how all too often it doesn't. This series is well worth reading every 10 years or so, just to see how well the social commentary stacks up against our current reality.Also well worth reading for the fun of puns. I do wish Americans would be more inventive [...]

    5. I hav e trouble finding books that meet my definition of apocalyptic fiction. This series is about the people who are creating a new society from the fragments that sprung up long after the "Great Fire". Inthis book the great fire and the "Time Before" are only one man's theory. He is the man that is attempting to bring all of the tribes together. I expect that the sequels will be the society coming together politically, developing treaties, and the like. All the whilethe main characters finding [...]

    6. I have to admit, when I read this story in my 20's, I enjoyed it a whole lot more. Still an interesting read, just not as good as I had remembered it to be.

    7. Thought I would give this a try, but I couldn't get more than a few pages into it. Lots of long, tedious expository dialogue. Confusing. Not worth the effort.

    8. A bit picaresque, with a wandering plot that ranges over most of a continent and builds to nothing much, but it's entertaining even so.

    9. Pelbar Cycle – comprising The Breaking of Northwall (1981), The Ends of the Circle (1981), The Dome in the Forest (1981), The Fall of the Shell (1982), An Ambush of Shadows (1983), The Song of the Axe (1984) and The Sword of Forbearance (1985) – set, 1100 years after a meteor shower Disaster has instigated a devastating nuclear World War Three in the balkanized and barbarian heart of a Ruined Earth America at a time when fragmented local cultures must begin to come together once again hopefu [...]

    10. So very glad I reread this. I'd forgotten so much. A post-apocalyptic United States where small patches of humanity survived that do not get along until our hero (from passive matriarchal society comes along and begins to bring them together. Fast-paced easy read. I enjoy the characters (and there are a LOT of them) especially Jestak. This series does a strange thing. The first title focuses on a Hero-maverick character in Jestak and the following installments focus on a much more laid-back anti [...]

    11. I had to look high and low for the complete series. It took me two old bookstores and a little time and gas, but hey, great books are worth the effort. This is a marvelously penned story of a rebellious youth named Jestak who is resigned to his fate of going to Northwall. It is supposedly a living death, but Jestak has other reasons to be there. He know that what he will learn there will enable him to rescue the love of his live and destroy the Emeri in the process. This is a tale of love and de [...]

    12. If Robert Jordan's series is my favorite "fantasy" series, this one by Paul Williams is my favorite "sci-fi/fantasy" series. Out of print since the 80's (though it looks like they may have reprinted them, YEA!)this series is a story of different cultures learning to survive and come together in a post-apocalypse USA. Many of the characters run through the entire series but none of them are the complete focus. If you can find these grab them and never trade them in (I did once and it took me 5-10 [...]

    13. A wonderful science fiction series. In a post-apocalyptic world, the only known societies are 3 walled cities along the Heart River. In these city-states, the women are the rulers and the warriors and the men are the caregivers and menial servants. One man, Stel, won't suffer his wife's tyranny, even though he loves her. He leaves the city of Northwall and embarks on a journey into the savage land surrounding it.

    14. I grew up in this neck of the woods, so to see a fun series set here really appealed to me in my teenage years. I re-read it once and still enjoyed it, so if you like post-apocalyptic fiction and series writing ala Edgar Rice Burroughs, this it one to try. A good introduction to the idea of what will survive and how precarious and resurrection can be.

    15. Dystopian post-apocalypse novel set in a future a thousand years after nuclear armageddon. Takes place along the Mississippi in Illinois. Kinda kinky with the Pelbar social set-up. But a great series none the lest.

    16. Sometimes you just can't go back . . . This is the first book of a seven book series, "The Pelbar Cycle", that I'd read in the mid-80's. I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic stories . . . and this is fits the bill, but . . . meh. I'll leave the rest of the books to that teenager's memory

    17. The first of a series of seven fabulous books. Not in print any longer, but if you ever run across them they are well worth your time.

    18. Perhaps my favorite post-apocalypse of all time, this novel re-introduces us to America hundreds (thousands?) of years after it sank into radioactive fire.

    19. Just recently re-discovered this post-apocalyptic-society series in my bookshelf and am re-reading it all. The main character Jestak is the Ayla of his world.

    20. Like the Horseclans, an example of a series that should have been brought to an end sooner rather than later. Though, the first few books were very enjoyable.

    21. This series "The Pelbar Cycle" is the best unheard Science Fiction/ Post apocalyptic series ever written hands down.

    22. This book was disappointing for me. I liked it in the beginning, then halfway through, it got boring for me.

    23. Have read and reread the Pelbar cycle several times. Very good for those of us who like post-apocalyptic adventures. A fresh start for the world.

    24. Superb science fiction series! Already read the series at least 3 times, over past 20 years. Few of the books are available as e-books, but rest need to be found as paperbacks. Well worth it!

    25. This is the first in a series that I believe ran to six books. I really enjoyed this opening. Great characters, culture, and action.

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