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November 19, 2008



A Canticle for Leibowitz is another obvious source.

Gabriel Mckee

I didn't intend that as a list of sources, but rather books with similarly all-encompassing levels of worldbuilding. Canticle is certainly an influence, but it doesn't have the same kind of immersive atmosphere as the likes of Gormenghast.


Thanks for reviewing this, Gabriel! I definitely have to get me a copy!


I just finished listening to an audiobook version of Anatham at bedtime. It was great - although it tended to keep me awake!

I have always thought that real-world Monks and their lifestyle are great - just they seem to have focussed exclusively on God, and have missed out the science and philosophy bit of Anathem's Avout.

It was also written for me :-) The last couple of books I ordered from Amazon were Schroedinger's Rabbits and The Self Aware Universe ;-)

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