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  • Writer's pictureJames G Yeo

Book review of Ring Around the Sun by Clifford Simak

Updated: May 4, 2022

For this review I will let you all know how I came to this book. The way I came to the book is that I had read about it in Hearts in Atlantis as the character Ted mentioned it to his young friend Bobby. So I wanted to see what was special about this book that King would make him mention it.


First off, the book itself is well written and the plot keeps you guessing all the way to the end where it was well done. Simak does a great job with the story telling of this book. With the main character, you get drawn into a world of imagination that there is many other Earths where there are other beings. In this case mutants and robots.


As for some of the ideas that Simak shares in this book, I could see some of them happening in the distant future where it comes to the robots. For the mutants, it is a simple growth in the human race which continues to happen to this day. With the ideas that are mentioned here they give the painting of the old Earth and the second Earth totally different. The old Earth is much like what we live in now where there are cities and such. With the second Earth Simak paints a world where it is a much simpler time where there is no war/hunger and such.


This walk down into sci-fi for me was more of me wondering about the character in Hearts in Atlantis. The thing I can say is that I totally enjoyed the book and I would recommend it as a must read. For what I got out of it for the character who mentioned it to his young friend, Stephen King choose an great book and I owe him the thank you.


You will never know what book will strike you when it is mentioned in another book. If you love reading, anytime a book is named in another book, take that as an invite to read that one as well.


The next book I am going to read is War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

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