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Subject: Need help to identify a book series for a friend
Date Posted: 12/18/2012 8:54 AM ET
Member Since: 10/2/2007
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A friend is trying to help someone else identify some books- can you help????

Here's all the info I have:

I am making an appeal to all my scifi reading friends. Someone I know is looking for a trilogy of books that were read by her then 11-ish yo son in about 2003 in Edmonton, AB. After three days of searching, none of about 100 people looking/googling have come up with an answer. The description of the books/plot sound a little drug-induced dream-like, and we are willing to concede that any or all elements may or may not actually be in the books, there might not actually be any such books, he might have jumbled up several books in his head into one, etc, etc, etc.

And yes, the working hypothesis is that her kid was an 11 year old stoner. Why do you ask?

Vague details are as follows:



"It was a series of three. I read it as a kid.

It was really messed up, though. The first book cover had a really graphic picture of a fish person (I think there were two) and the third book had a cover of a mutant dude with burnt skin and a bicycle helmet fused to his head. And the second book just had a picture of an open water tank in the middle of a desert with a bunch of other water tanks.

Also there was a guy in a wheelchair and the main character I think goes blind at the end of the second book... because he spends the whole book in a cave and when he goes outside he looks at the sun.

And in the first book he’s just a kid living in his parents’ house and then by the third book his wheelchair friend has his legs CUT OFF so he can walk on his hands faster, his other friend has like 80% of her body completely burnt, the main guy is blind, and they are all in the desert fighting a war against mutants with bicycles. It escalates quickly."


Date Posted: 12/18/2012 10:24 AM ET
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The trilogy has been found. It was by S.R. Martin, books are called Swampworld, Tankworld, and Endsville