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March 01, 2009

Canticle for Leibowitz

Canticle_for_leibowitz Has it ever happen to you when somebody tells you about something that’s supposed to be one of the best things in its genre, and you never heard of it? My good friend Chip described A Canticle for Leibowitz as one of the 10 most important books written in the 20th century, and I never heard of it!?

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If you haven't yet read A Canticle for Leibowitz, run to your closest bookstore and get a copy. It really is one of the best science fiction books ever written, and I'm always surprised at how few people have read it these days. I don't think that you'll be disappointed.

Posted by: Jen at Mar 1, 2009 5:21:42 AM

i read it. it was alright. not that great. maybe it was important when it was written , but im tired of hearing the same " nukes are bad, well kill ourselves " message over and over again.

Posted by: matt at Mar 1, 2009 4:37:29 PM

I don't know if it was one of the most important books of the 20th Century, but it was very good.

Posted by: Moon at Mar 2, 2009 5:59:26 PM

I read this in 1974 in a high school literature class. At the time it's monastic take on 3 successive post-apocalyptic worlds was unique. If you like SciFi/Fantasy, it is definitely worth a try.

Posted by: Gaussling at Mar 4, 2009 3:50:53 PM

"im tired of hearing the same 'nukes are bad, well kill ourselves' message over and over again."

If that's what you think the book is about, you missed something.

Posted by: Stephen R at Mar 6, 2009 2:13:49 PM