The Day is Full of Birds (2008) by Huckleberry H. Hax

eb24f-tdifobcoversept2010frontonlyborder“A fascinating read, and a glimpse into the mind and motives of a metaversian.” (Amazon review)

I can see the metaverse; I can perceive it…  I see dust.  I see shadows.  I see things moved by the wind.  I see the wrinkles around your mouth and eyes, George; I hear your breathing.  I see the way your eyes move in time with the way your intonation goes up and down.  And then, in  an instant, I see only pixels again.

1989.  Europe is poised on the brink of revolution; or is it?  Two decades later, the consequences of one small event have turned a world on the brink of peace into a world that is hurtling towards war.  Only Henry, a loner in both the real world and the online world he visits, has the power to roll everything back.  As tensions between America and the Soviet Union escalate, Henry’s worlds start to merge, taking him back towards a moment in his history he has spent most of his life trying to forget.

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6 thoughts on “The Day is Full of Birds (2008) by Huckleberry H. Hax

  1. I still worry about Henry. How did someone like him end up in that dead end job selling electrical goods and spending all his spare time in a virtual world? You can understand why he agreed to be recruited to use his knowledge of Russian to infiltrate their newly developed metaverse. You need to understand that in ‘The Day Is Full Of Birds’ the Cold War still rages and the threat of nuclear attack is ever present. If all this wasn’t bad enough Henry remains obsessed with the woman he met as a student. Has he really met her virtual ghost? Is it any wonder his marriage is a disaster? Henry loves his little son though and in the end ….. oops mustn’t give any more away.Huckleberry Hax takes us into Henry’s world, his ‘real’ life, his ‘second’ one too and into his dreams of what might have been as well as his fears of what may yet come with his gentle and incisive writing. He leads us through love and loneliness, through politics and pain, through daily grind and soaring heights of imagination until we don’t know whether to laugh or cry. The only thing we do know is that we have to read on to the end, and even then we still worry about Henry. Zoe Parness


  2. An imaginative sidestep into alternate reality, musing and marvelling on the metaverse and how it could evolve.Henry finds himself tested and tried in a world obsessed with the atom, beneath the dark shadow of national destruction imminent.Huckleberry delights and draws the reader breathlessly through the chapters, instilling in us a deep desire to find out how the story ends! A great novel from a great novelist.Lukos Tairov


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