This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [what was the Beach boys song at the conclusion? I think it was California Girls. See all 3 questions about The Postman…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 20, Apatt rated it it was amazing. This is from an article celebrating the 20th anniversary of the movie adaptation. In my experience people who pretend to be postmen are usually up to no good, they are more apt to enter your homes under false pretenses and rob you blind than attempt to unite the post apocalyptic Disunited States of America.
The protagonist of this book has to be the most heroic postman in fiction. They got nothing on Gordon The Postman, he really knows how to deliver! This is the second Brin book for me, the previous one I read was Startide Rising which was fun but just a wee bit disappointing in that it did not resonate with me much those "uplifted" dolphins are just a little too cute for me, even the badass ones.
Still, I like Brin's writing and the basic premise of The Postman so I thought I'd give it a go, and it turned out to be one of my more inspired decisions. An optimistic post apocalypse book is a rarity, if this is a sub-sub genre I doubt it will catch on, you don't warn people about the errors of their ways only to have things eventually turning out OK. I think this book is more about idealism than a commentary about where the world is heading today.
While the story is sentimental in places, and not entirely unpredictable or cliche-free, Mr. Brin pushes the right buttons most of the time leaving the left buttons entirely untouched. I also like it that when the climactic kickassery ensues it is not between the titular Postman and the "boss villain", let the more interesting side character do the heavy lifting for a change.
This is an excellent read that touches me at the emotional core. Five stars? I'd award it all the stars in the sky plus those residing in Hollywood! View all 14 comments. Aug 28, Lyn rated it liked it. Good post-apocalyptic SF. And for good reason, Brin is a good writer and backs up his prose with real science. More than just a Road Warrior after civilization story, Brin explores themes of the frailty of civil society, but also the perseverance of that same community and the importance of belief in tradition and national identity.
A survivor dons an old po Good post-apocalyptic SF. A survivor dons an old postal inspector uniform and becomes the personification of a lost ideal. The red-white-and-blue shoulder insignia means something to these fighters, and to those too young to remember the United States, he becomes symbol of lost idealism.
Brin adeptly blends with this concept a heaping side order of irony and good storytelling to make this a memorable read with lots of good quotes. Not perfect, this could also be fragmented and with inconsistent pacing; but still good speculative fiction. Nov 04, Mike the Paladin rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , fantasy , science-fiction , post-apocalyptic-dystopian.
One of my all time favorite books, no question. I don't give out many 5 star ratings. Here I give it enthusiastically. I stumbled on this book some years ago and frankly was surprised at how much I liked it. There are a lot of post apocalyptic books out there. They run the proverbial gamut from excellent to unreadable.
This is actually not only a good one, but one of the best. No spoilers, but we pick up some years after "the collapse" when the infrastructure of the country has ceased to exist. O One of my all time favorite books, no question. Our hero spots a scam that will help him survive but One of the main questions he confronts constantly is, who will accept responsibility? Society has destroyed itself. Humans may or may not survive. Life itself may not survive in the forms it has been known, that itself is still in the balance. The question of responsibility goes deeper than the momentary events that triggered the collapse, much deeper?
Who will take responsibility? Go on from there. I've read other books by David Brin, some I've liked some But this is one of those times when I think a writer hits the top of his game. Character driven AND plot driven this book, this story and this character stay with you My highest recommendation. By the way, this is another book that is the victim of an unfortunate movie attempt.
Now while I think the people behind the movie may have "wanted" to do the book justice and may even have been moved by it, they just failed to capture the heart of this one. As I said, I don't hand out a lot of 5 star ratings. This is one of the books I've loaned, given away, and recommended widely. I like it, I try to always have a copy on my shelves, and I recommend it. View all 26 comments. Aug 25, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: multiple-award-nominee , easton-press , award-nominee-locus , award-nominee-campbell , science-fiction , award-winner-campbell , 6-star-books , all-time-favorites , award-nominee-hugo , ebooks.
Simply put, I loved this story and characters with whom David Brin has populated it. The story is a post-apocalyptic novel set in a future United States in which society has collapsed. However, within this setting the book is really about civilization and the symbols that people rally behind in difficult situations in order to accomplish larger goals beyond their own interests. The main character is Gordon Krantz, 6. Throughout the novel there are various symbols that people rally behind beyond the Postman himself.
I will just say that I thought this was a well written, powerful novel about hope and renewal and I thought it was an absolutely amazing read. View all 7 comments. Mar 24, Horace Derwent rated it it was amazing. View all 8 comments. May 08, Clouds rated it liked it Shelves: pubs , reviewed , science-fiction , science-fiction-stand-alone , locus-sci-fi. Christmas I realised that I had got stuck in a rut.
I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done. On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became Christmas I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father.
As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life so far. That little nugget of knowledge did not fill me with confidence. My subconscious kept whispering… Waterworld. I picked up a second hand copy. The cover is faded. I was coming off the back of a slightly disappointing run in my Locus Quest — this was the fourth in a mini-league of 80s winners The Integral Trees , Titan , The Snow Queen and then The Postman which I read during the weeks running up to my wedding.
I often find that the less I expect of a book, the more open I am to its merits — which is a bit of a catch situation because I normally only read those books I expect to be good! After the first fifty pages, I was pleasantly surprised to be enjoying The Postman. Our hero, Gordon, is a likeable survivor — more of a dreamer than your average tough-guy loner.
The A. I coasted the last third of the book and the finale was anticlimactic. The Postman is not a bad little story, but nothing to write home about. View 2 comments. Apr 03, Checkman rated it it was ok Shelves: post-apocalyptic , a-disappointment. I wish I could give this book 2. First let me say I have to go against the overwhelming tide of opinion that holds this novel to be an excellent work. Not that it's terrible, but it wasn't what I expected - or wanted. The first half of the novel isn't bad as we accompany the protagonist and his effort to survive in post-apocalyptic America.
The character isn't heroic. Instead he's a survivor. And then we get started with the postman charade. At first it has potential - the reestablishing o I wish I could give this book 2. At first it has potential - the reestablishing of communications to rebuild civilization. The lowly mailman as savior or at least re builder.
The mundane civil servant is now heroic. Very intriguing. Suddenly we have genetically engineered super-soldiers, a Super Computer and something called neo-hippie technology. In one quick turn we are in a world involving resurrected 's philosophy!
This is a problem. The book wanders around, looking for some kind of philosophical grounding. Isn't it enough to have a story about the rebuilding of the country? Or did David Brin become bored with such an Earthy story and feel the need to go into space - so to speak. No I believe this book suffers from a lack of focus. A good idea, but not carried out completely.
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View all 5 comments. Jun 10, Amy rated it liked it Shelves: made-into-a-movie , disappointing , book-club-pick , books-read , post-apocalyptic. Of course, I thought I'd be different and actually enjoy this book since I really enjoyed the movie. But, no.
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What a train wreck! The first half was great; I'd give it 4. A post-apocalyptic wandering bard finds a postman's outfit and begins delivering the mail, hope, and unity to the scattered masses. It could have cleanly ended there and all would have been well. The second half of the book is, at best, 1. It's as if someone else wrote it, and it barely resembles the firs Of course, I thought I'd be different and actually enjoy this book since I really enjoyed the movie.
It's as if someone else wrote it, and it barely resembles the first half of the book at all with its "three myths". These myths that would have been better left out are an obvious wizard of Oz, a foolish band of feminist warriors who infiltrate the enemy's beds , and augmented super soldiers one of which is a hippy martial arts new age "dude". The author also throws in some drug-laced tobacco into the mix which I'm pretty sure contributed to the author's insane writing of the second half of the book.
Save yourself the trouble before reading; rip out the last half of the book and burn it. Don't put yourself through the misery. And if you don't, don't say I didn't warn you. View all 4 comments. Feb 26, Andy rated it it was ok Recommends it for: People who routinely stop reading right before the climax resolves. The Postman is a perfect example of a great storyline with a great build-up that is then totally ruined by a deus ex machina resolution.
It's as if the author were given a page count limit and then realized that he was about two dozen pages from that limit and said, "Uh-oh, I'd better wrap this up. If Brin wou The Postman is a perfect example of a great storyline with a great build-up that is then totally ruined by a deus ex machina resolution. If Brin would drop the last thirty or so pages and write a real ending -- one that actually involves the protagonist -- this could be a great book.
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View 1 comment. Men have been writing the roles and the rules for millennium to excuse their bad behavior. For Brin to put it in the head of a female character that men's bad behavior is the fault of womankind for—of all effing lunacies—not ganking the 'bad little boys' in their beds before they can grow up to become raging hemorrhoids is just— I have no words. I know! How 'bout he tell a story where men are actually held responsible for the heinous, destructive shit they do?
How about that? Too much? Really Men have been writing the roles and the rules for millennium to excuse their bad behavior.
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Well fu— And yes , I know. There are broader themes in The Postman : the power of symbols to spin order from chaos; tech as religion; does might indeed make right; etc I get that.
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And given the average reaction, Brin was wildly successful at tugging those particular heartstrings. Or I prefer to think that. It's a better theory than that people just didn't care. Shelves: science-fiction , post-apocalyptic , audiobook. With the popularity of post-apocalyptic novels today, one almost thinks David Brin published this one too soon.
Republish it today and maybe add some zombies and an EMP But Brin has always been a thinking fan's SF author, with big and intelligent ideas even in his space operas. The Postman does not feature zombies, killer plagues, or EMPs. The "Doom War" that ended civilization was set off by the rise of fanatics in the East and the West, leaving the U.
The depopulation happened not so much in the initial nuclear attack, but in the aftermath as civilization collapsed and millions starved or froze. Years later, a survivor named Gordon Krantz, who refers to himself, sometimes ironically and sometimes bitterly, as "the last surviving 20th century idealist," is traveling alone in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest when, fleeing from a band of brigands, he finds an old U.
Postal Service truck, with the corpse of the mail carrier and his undelivered mail inside. Since he's freezing thanks to the brigands taking his clothes , he dons the corpse's uniform. When he shows up at the next town, he declares himself a Postal Inspector of the "Reconstituted United States of America," which is supposedly rebuilding back East, and will be sending men and supplies and technology any day now.
It's a con to get him a bed and a hot meal, but it quickly grows all out of proportion, until Gordon finds himself not only carrying the torch for a non-existent nation, but rallying troops in its name. Post-apocalyptic Oregon is a fairly realistic post-nuclear holocaust region - most people live in hardscrabble settlements, there has been minimal organization, but a few small enclaves of relative civilization.
Of course they are all threatened by the "Survivalists" - remnants of the original survivalist movement, who have now become the warlords and orcs of post-apocalyptic North America. Most post-apocalyptic novels tend towards grimdark, for obvious reasons. The Postman has its share of violence and grit, but it is at heart an optimistic novel about the triumph of idealism and ethics over pure savagery. David Brin leans left, and as I've often remarked on right-wing authors who get up on a soapbox in their end-of-the-world novels, I have to admit that Brin does this a little bit too.
Mostly Brin's soapbox seems to be pro-science and civic responsibility, anti-authoritarianism and might-makes-right. It's easy to see why The Postman was made into a movie. It's the sort of story intended to make you cheer at the end. While it didn't really present a new post-apocalyptic story per se, keep in mind it was written in , before the current trend and all those YA imitators. A smartly plotted novel with bits of political and scientific philosophy sprinkled into the story, it's a 4.
View all 3 comments. Dec 27, Sarah rated it it was ok. So I finally read the book that was the inspiration for one of my favorite movies! I do mean inspiration because there isn't a whole lot that the two have in common. Bethlehem doesn't even exist in the book!!! Isn't that shocking?! Whether you're new to Postman or a seasoned power user, the forum is a great place to post questions and share ideas on a variety of API development topics with fellow Postman users and the Postman team. Join our community. Download the App.
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