Can’t-Wait Wednesday – 29th November, 2017


40276268 – vintage old pocket watch and book

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s Can’t Wait offering – Fade Out by Patrick Tilley

#science fiction #first contact #historical

Patrick Tilley’s brilliant bestselling thriller of humanity’s first contact with advanced alien intelligence is a high-tension tour-de-force that will leave you thinking long after you have turned the last page.

This offering caught my eye on the Netgalley dashboard, chiefly because of the cool spacescape cover. But I was intrigued to see that a book first published in 1975 is being reissued now in 2017 – how will it stand up? Given the world was a very different place then, will it seem completely outdated? I’m fascinated to find out! I’ll be reading this one sometime next week and reviewing it in mid-December…

23 responses »

  1. I’ve never heard of this, but it is interesting that it would be rereleased after so many years (something usually reserved for big name authors). Looking forward to your review, Sarah!

  2. You’re SO right about that cover!! AWESOME!! GREAT pick!! I’m curious myself about how this book will read now, since it was published back in the ’70s. I’m adding this book to my Goodreads shelves! Thanks for sharing!! ❤ 🙂

  3. It’s always interesting to see how science fiction holds up though honestly I’ve found it tends to hold up better than romance. I’m not a huge science fiction reader but my two favorites are Enders Game and Hitchhiker’s Guide and I don’t think they feel outdated at all. I’m curious to see how this one stands up.

    • You’re right, Katherine – if the science fiction is sufficiently well written, it should cope very well with the passing years. The Miles Vorkosigan series (some of the few books I’ve reread) certainly holds up well – as does Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Interestingly I did read a rereleased sci fi novel this year and although the storytelling was a bit dated – a lot more description and head-hopping than I generally see these days – it was even more relevant than when it was written…

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