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 Given the world was a very different place then, will it seem completely outdated?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…
I’ve had a less than great time reading older books, even ones I loved at the time don’t seem as good! I hope this one works out well for you though!
I generally NEVER reread anything, so I’ll be interested to see how this stands up. Thank you for your best wishes:))
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!
Yes – and I’m looking forward to tucking in and seeing if I love it as much as I love the cover:)
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!! ❤ 🙂
You’re welcome, Maria – it will be great to compare notes in due course:)
I don’t always have the best luck with aliens (either in books or movies) but this one has me curious. Great pick!
Thank you, Barb. I know what you mean – there are only a handful of books out there that have really succeeded in depicting them, I think:)
That is a pretty amazing cover and it does sound like it will be a good read too. Nice pick. 🙂
Thank you Jenea – I hope so:)
Sounds intriguing – first contact and thought provoking – hope you love it.
So do I! I’m conscious I have taken something of a risk…
Wicked cover, Sarah. And first contact. I always enjoy those scenarios.
Yes… I’m such a sucker for an appealing cover:) And like you, I do enjoy first contact stories and I’m conscious I haven’t read enough of those, recently.
I had no idea this was a reissue! Wow from ’75? That WILL be interesting to see how it holds up…
Yes – I know:)). I’ll be reporting back on how it works out!
That is a good point — how would this hold up now? I’d be interested to read your review of it and your thoughts on that question. I have to admit, even the cover itself is still very retro.
Yes – I’m reading this one next week, so it won’t be long before I’ll be able to answer these questions:)
Very intriguing that it is being re-released so many years later. I’m curious to see how it holds up after all these years since it’s sci-fi.
Yes, exactly! There has been a rewrite, apparently – but like you, I’m very intrigued to see how successful it is:). Thank you for popping by.
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…
I am sooo late with commenting, sorry. Never heard of that author or book before (I am not that much of a SciFi-reader), but I hope you will enjoy your pick. Thanks for sharing.