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Damnation Alley

Damnation Alley - Roger Zelazny Not to be confused with the horrifyingly bad Hollywood movie that was (barely) derived from Zelazny's novella, Damnation Alley is a wonderful, action-filled-yet-highly literate read. This post-apocalyptic thriller begins with an America physically split in two by a dead zone of uncatalogued horrors, and the lead character - a convict with few redeeming qualities - attempts to drive the alley, bringing badly medicine to the east coast. Zelazny's wonderfully spare style shines, and he whips up some interesting obstacles for our (anti) hero. Another example of Zelazny's taut prose, and well worth the read.