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Subject: Your favorite post-apocalyptic book
Date Posted: 8/22/2008 9:56 PM ET
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I've always enjoyed these type of books and would like to find some I haven't read yet.  I've read The Stand, Swan Song, The Road.  Maybe more - that's all that I can think of now.  I did not like the Dies the Fire book series, couldn't even make it through the first book - the repeated use of Goddess got old fast. 

Anyone recommend any other good ones?

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 10:04 PM ET
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As a matter of fact, I started a thread on this very topic a few months ago, and got some GREAT suggestions!  Here's the link: It's the end of the world!

I just got A Canticle for Leibowitz in the mail yesterday and I'm looking forward to starting it.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 10:30 PM ET
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Holy moly - awesome thread!  Janelle - thanx so much :)  This will keep me busy for quite a while.

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 8:11 AM ET
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YEAR ZERO read it 3-4 years ago. Mouth and heart dropping ending. Recently ordered it to re-read.

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 1:02 PM ET
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Thanks Clara - my cousin just told me about this book last night and now you recommend it :) will add it to my wish list.

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Date Posted: 8/23/2008 2:11 PM ET
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Twilight World by Poul Anderson is about thebest of that sort I can remember reading.  I've read the first three books in the Survivalist series by Jerry Ahern, and while they are somewhat diverting, they are a little depressing as well.  I have the first five books in the Deathlands series but haven't gotten to them, as well as a couple of Dean Ing's books (Quantrill trilogy) on the TBR pile. 



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Date Posted: 8/23/2008 2:31 PM ET
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Clara, who is the author?  When I searched for Year Zero there was more than one book with that name.  Thanks.

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 3:54 PM ET
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Donna, The author is Jeff Long.  I know because I added it to my wishlist last night. 

Matt, can you tell me a little bit more about the Deathland series? 

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 3:58 PM ET
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Year Zero is truly gripping, but my favorite has always been Pat Frank's Alas, Babylon. Nevile Shute's On the Beach is also good.

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 6:12 PM ET
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Rhonda, if you'e not picky about which edition you get Year Zero can be ordered  here http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780743406123-Year+Zero instead of WLing it.

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Date Posted: 8/23/2008 6:32 PM ET
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Rhonda - Here is the tag line for the beginning of the Deathlands series.

"One hundred years after the nuclear holocaust known as Skydark, a group of warrior survivalists travel the Deathlands - the remains of what once was the United States. Ryan Cawdor and his companions are the ultimate survivors, searching the wastelands for a better way of life."

Like I said, I haven't read any of the Deathlands books and I'm not vouching for their quality.  The series started in 1986, and is still going strong with #83 and #84 being released soon.  There is more information on JamesAxler.com and fantasticfiction.com.  James Axler is the ghost name used by several writers for that series and a spinoff series called Outlanders. 

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 7:36 PM ET
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Try Sean McMullen's "Greatwinter Trilogy" of which vol 1 is Souls in the Great Machine.
Date Posted: 8/26/2008 7:14 PM ET
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Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle about a comet hurtling towards earth and the aftermath.  Some of the plot lines have been lifted and included in a few recent movies.  The first few chapters are a bit boring as the authors are introducing a multitude of characters, but stay with it and eventually it will all make sense! 

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Date Posted: 8/26/2008 8:56 PM ET
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Man, I have 29 books by Larry Niven and somehow I'm missing Lucifer's Hammer!  I have to fix that...

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 9:25 PM ET
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Oh man - you guys are filling up my wish list!  I have seen Lucifer's Hammer over the years, don't know why I haven't read it.

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 10:01 AM ET
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These are not in the same vein as The Road and The Stand, but two that come to mind are Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Ursula K. LeGuin's Always Coming Home.

I hated The Handmaid's Tale (not sure why except that I thought it was knee-jerk and un-nuanced) but a lot of other people like it.

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Date Posted: 8/30/2008 11:34 AM ET
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Ah, I put Lucifer's Hammer on my wish list, and it came available the next day!  Anyway, thought I'd add the book I'm reading: Patternmaster by Octavia Butler.  This is the 4th book of hers I've read, and I enjoyed them all, but Patternmaster is the only one that's post-apocalyptic.

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 5:39 PM ET
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The Rising by Briane Keene or Blood Crazy by Simon Clark.    Anything zombie related is great!!!

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 12:16 AM ET
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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. The last remaining human (as far as he knows) narrates the story of his life, working up to the diasaster that has killed off the other humans. The characters are fascinating, and Atwood follows the classic model of imagining a nasty future by taking the ugly tendencies of our world to their most extreme form.

 

 


Date Posted: 11/3/2008 9:12 AM ET
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Alas, Babylon is one of my favorites. On the Beach was also very good. On the other thread that is linked to from this one, someone mentioned I who have never known men, which may just be the only Opera selection I've ever hated.
Date Posted: 11/6/2008 5:01 PM ET
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Z for Zacharia by Robert O'Brien. It is actually following a nuclear holocaust, but very eerie. Good, short read.

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 10:22 AM ET
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Ala Babylon is awesome. EVen though it's kind of older, and deals with the boms, it's still incedibly relevant.

I like some horror/supernatural stories, but I do not consider them post-apocalyse books. "The Stand" is the only one that used a bit of supernatural and made it work.

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 11:27 PM ET
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THE Rift by Walter Williams, a big+++ for Lucifer's Hammer, Aftermath by Charles Sheffield, Jeremy Robinson, Hab Theory by Alan Ekert, defintely Jeff Long, Thomas Macgreanias, Matt Dickenson, check out Steve Alten too!  I go in & out of genres, but this genre is one of my favs! O so many more!

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 11:28 PM ET
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I don't read much in this genre. I did read and enjoyed Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler. Does this fit the genre?

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 1:30 PM ET
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LaTonya,

I think that Octavia Butler is one of those authors whose books almost defy being placed in any one catagory or genre.  Her books leave me in a daze.  I don't sleep much after reading one of them.  They are more powerful than almost anything I have ever read.  But I do think they fit this genre. 

Pamela

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