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Subject: Anyone into Post Apocalyptic books that could offer suggestions?
Date Posted: 12/22/2011 12:15 AM ET
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Thread subject says it all

Thanks in advance


Date Posted: 12/22/2011 12:17 PM ET
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Well, some of the classics of the genre are:

Richard Matheson -I Am Legend  (disease/vampires)
Pat Frank - Alas, Babylon  (nuclear war)
H.G. Wells - The War of the Worlds  (alien invasion)
John Wyndham - The Day of the Triffids  (majority of population becomes blind overnight)

Other ones that are well known but I haven't read:

Stephen King - The Stand
Cormac McCarthy - The Road
David Brin - The Postman
Walter Miller - A Canticle for Leibowitz
Justin Cronin - The Passage


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Date Posted: 12/22/2011 12:33 PM ET
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Another of the "classics" is Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 1:37 PM ET
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I admit to a certain fondness for The Postman by David Brin (wasn't impressed by the movie). OK, and The Stand. And, I am really into post-zombie-apocalypse right now .... I have two on my bookcase that I have not read yet, so don't know if I recommend them yet ... but Sophie Littlefield's Aftertime and Rebirth look pretty good to me.

There is actually quite a lot of apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic fiction going on in YA currently ... tons of new, intriguing looking things being published right now. For example, Enclave by Ann Aguire also looks good to me.

I also just finished Pariah by Bob Fingerman. Although if the thing you like about post-apocalyptic books is the triumph of the human spirit ... this ain't that book.

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Date Posted: 12/24/2011 8:45 PM ET
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Also look under dystopian. Many of the YA are being labeled that way, like The Hunger Games.
Date Posted: 12/26/2011 1:32 AM ET
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy, hands down.

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The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy.
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Feed by Mira Grant

Davy by Edgar Pangborn

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You might try searching this forum for "apoc" (to cover both apocalypse and apocalyptic) -- there are a ton of existing threads with recommendations.

Subject: I recommend The Age of Miracles
Date Posted: 5/14/2012 9:17 PM ET
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I just reviewed The Age of Miracles for Amazon Vine -- I read a prepublication copy but it's due out around June 1. I loved it, and I'm not normally into post-apocalpytic stories. Actually the book isn't exactly that - but it is about what happens when the earth slows down on its axis so that eventually days are 90+ days long and many plants and animals die, people develop gravity sickness. It's written from the perspective by a 12 year old girl (who's falling in love for the first time), and is very wellwritten.I couldn't put it down and read it one city. You can see my review on Amazon.
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Subject: Survivalist books by Jerry Ahern
Date Posted: 5/24/2012 11:06 AM ET
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Survivalist books by Jerry Ahern

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Lillith's Brood by Octavia Butler.  What happens when aliens come just as we're destroying ourselves?

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False Dawn by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is a story of the world after pollution destroyed the earth and gangs seek out and kill mutants while everyone hunts for food. The main character is a woman who hides from the gangs and survives on her own with her trusty crossbow. All this takes place in middle California - first near the ocean and then as she travels east into the mountains. I just posted a like-new hardback copy (sans DJ) on my bookshelf.

Then there is the most excellent Pelbar Cycle by Paul Williams. I think there are six in this series.  This takes place at least a thousand years after the fall of civilization. There are numerous warring or hostile tribes (even with cities) in the middle Mississippi Valley extensing up to the Great Lakes. Most of the plots revolve around the female dominated towns in the valley and their conflicts with male-dominated tribes. 

I have a couple of these on my bookshelf: The Ends of the Circle (book2) and The Fall of the Shell (book 4).

Subject: The Centurion by John Ringo
Date Posted: 7/6/2012 10:22 PM ET
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I just read this one and it is pretty good but it is very adult oriented.

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The Stand is my all-time favorite. I also enjoyed the Postman, The Road, and A Canticle for Leibowitz among many, many others. My favorite subgenre, by far.

Subject: Wolf and Iron by Gordon Dickson
Date Posted: 7/21/2012 5:24 PM ET
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I haven't read it for a number of years but I still remember it.  A very realistic type of post apocolyptic book.