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Davy - Edgar Pangborn While sailing a trackless sea aboard a ship called the Morning Star, a scoundrel named Davy writes a book detailing his life and times in a post-apocalyptic America.

Things I liked about Davy:
First and foremost, the writing style of Davy was what sucked me in and kept me interested. Pangborn employs a style that makes me feel like I'm sitting down and listening to him talk. Davy's a character, that's for sure, both as a teen and as an adult. As I've mentioned in the past, I like my protagonists to be more like people I know rather than larger than life heroes. Since Davy's not all that bright and thinks about sex quite a bit, I understand where he's coming from.

Post-apocalyptic stories are a dime a dozen these days but Pangborn's writing sets his apart from the others. One of the fun parts of Davy was trying to figure out what modern day places he was talking about.

Things I did not like about Davy:
What I didn't like about Davy can be summarized in one word: pace. While it was an interesting world and Davy's story eventually became interesting, it was over halfway through the book before I felt like things were actually happening. It's like Pangborn looked at his manuscript at that point and said "I'd better get things moving or this thing is going to be a thousand pages long!" That's pretty much all I have to say about that.

Conclusion:
I enjoyed Davy and could see why it was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards when it was released. The style of writing was really good. Still, it was like an expensive plate with nothing on it. Maybe if I was in a different mood I would have appreciated it more but the best I can give it at this time is a 3.