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Subject: Disaster Books
Date Posted: 11/16/2008 1:13 AM ET
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Can anyone suggest a good book (fiction, please) about natural disasters? I love disaster flicks, but don't think I've ever really tried one  in book form.

 

Thanks!

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/16/2008 4:15 AM ET
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The Children's Blizzard.  Technical in some spots, but a fictionalized account of a real event.  Some parts are a bit slow, but others will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Other than that, I can't help you with fiction but I have a list of non-fiction.  It's sort of one of my favorite genres. :p



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Date Posted: 11/16/2008 3:38 PM ET
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The End Of the Dream by Philip Wylie is very good, as is his book Triumph.

I also found the following online:  http://www.webrary.org/RS/flbklists/Disaster.html

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 4:16 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/16/2008 6:06 PM ET
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It's not fiction but Issac's Storm was riveting. http://www.amazon.com/Isaacs-Storm-Deadliest-Hurricane-History/dp/0375708278/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226876438&sr=8-1 It's about the Gavleston hurricaine in 1900.  i saw a special on the Discover channel and went out and bought the book. I agree with Marilyn about Airport and The Poseiden Adventure.  I read both of them in the '70's and could not put them down.  Year of Wonders is on my next to be read list.

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 6:07 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions!

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 6:11 PM ET
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I concur with Donna about Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in Historby Erik Larson. The book was mesmerizing, and as an ex-Texan, I was certainly moved by the vivid descriptions of this catastrophe.

Ellie (EllieW) - ,
Date Posted: 11/16/2008 11:32 PM ET
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I like disaster novels a lot. One of my favorites is 8.4 by Peter Hernon. By the name I guess you can tell it's about earthquakes.

Another good eartquake novel is Aftershock by Chuck Scarborough. This one is set in New York. It's a nail biter.

I also like The Day After Tomorrow which is what the movie was based on.

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 12:32 PM ET
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I don't normally read disaster books, but my husband does.  He really liked Firestorm at Peshtigo: A Town, Its People, and the Deadliest Fire in American History (ISBN 978-0805072938), by Denise Gess and William Lutz.  There were an estimated 1200 to 2500 deaths, and several towns were destroyed.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 10:21 AM ET
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In Forge of God, Greg Bear has evil aliens bring about doomsday on Earth. Earth gets blowed up real good. This one's a rocker that i would predict even somebody who was not keen on SF would like.



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Date Posted: 11/18/2008 2:27 PM ET
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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer could be called a disaster story, I think. It's about the deaths that happened in a blizzard on Mt. Everest in 1996. One of the best non-fiction books I've read--it reads like a novel, but it's all true.

Date Posted: 11/29/2008 11:46 AM ET
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I second Into Thin Air... Really good book

Date Posted: 12/9/2008 1:05 AM ET
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Wow, this is an interesting thread.  I enjoy reading books on disasters, and I enjoy the non fiction as well as fiction. 

 

L.G.  If you have any non fiction you would still care to share, I would appreciate it!  Or anyone else for that matter.  :)

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 4:30 PM ET
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The Donner Party is a great book.  It's based on the true story of pioneers trying to reach California before winter sets in.  They don't make it there before winter and the story chronicles their struggle of surviving; canniblism is described, so it's not for the faint of heart.  Makes you appreciate modern transportation!  The kind of book that sticks with you long after you've read it.

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 7:49 PM ET
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Diane, which Donner Party book did you read?  About 15 years ago I visited Donner Lake and went to the Donner Museum.  I was totally facinated.  I bought a couple of books from their bookstore and read them by flashlight (we were camping in a tent).  I ordered a fictional account of the story from bookcloseouts, but I haven't received it yet.  I think the name is Snow Mountain Passage.  I went nuts when they had the 50% fiction sale at Thanksgiving.

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 7:04 PM ET
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Donna,  I'm not sure the exact title of the version I read, it was several years ago, and since then I have thought about it from time to time.  It would be interesting to see the area that the passage occured in.  I do remember the book had several pictures of the survivors and some of their handwritten notes that made it through the tragedy as well.  What's' weird is, I don't usually go for books about true life tragedies, but I am glad I read that one.  I should look into more in that genre since I did like it so much.  Any suggestions?

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 2:37 PM ET
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<<I should look into more in that genre since I did like it so much.  Any suggestions?>>

Diane, you could try Issac's Storm which is mentioned earlier in this thread.  It was excellent.  Another genre you could check out is memiors.  I enjoy reading about ordinary people going thru extraordinary events.



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