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Stone Gods: 05/13/08
I like to give myself a few days between finishing a book and reviewing a book to reflect on my reading experience. The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson is a perfect example of why I do this. My initial reaction was "is this all there is to it?" but the book continues to come back to me.
The book is somewhere between a collection of short stories and a novel. The best explanation is in the book itself on page 146:
Except it isn't quite. Events repeat but the locations are different. The character names are the same: always Billie and Spike but the times and locations are always different.
With a protagonist named Billie Crusoe, it's obvious that Stone Gods is influenced in part by Robinson Crusoe but there are also nods to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Barsoom series among others.
Each chapter or story is one of travel and isolation. Billie is either a loner and non-conformist in society, or trapped in a snow storm, or on an island, or in a burned out society. Some how at her side is the faithful Spike.