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Subject: Recommend Apocalyptic/Post-apocalyptic books for me
Date Posted: 8/1/2011 2:50 PM ET
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Hello,

 

I am currently looking for some additional books to read, in the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic genre. I have read, and enjoyed the following books, and would like additional recomendations like these -- these are listed not just to give an idea of the type, but a list of books that I have read and liked:

 

The Road

The Gunslinger

The Rift

Alas, Babalyon

Farnham's Freehold

Lucifer's Hammer

Childhood's End

Footfall

I am Legend

War of the Worlds

Eternity Road

On the beach

Canticle for Lebowitz

 

Many more, as well -- but go ahead and suggest away!

 

Subject: post-apocalyse
Date Posted: 8/1/2011 9:30 PM ET
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This is one of the bigger categories of sf, so there are lots.  But here's a few you may not have found yet:

  • The Wild Shore, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Dinner at Deviant's Palace, by Tim Powers
  • The Postman, by David Brin
  • Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler
  • Dies the Fire, by S.M. Stirling
  • Julian Comstock, by Robert Charles Wilson
  • Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, by Kate Wilhelm
  • Pebble in the Sky, by Isaac Asimov
  • Through the Heart, by Richard Grant
  • The Drylands, by Mary Rosenblum
  • Flood, by Stephen Baxter

and let's not forget... Planet of the Apes, by Pierre Boulle



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Date Posted: 8/1/2011 10:05 PM ET
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I see some new titles on that list.... looking them up now, thanks!

Date Posted: 8/3/2011 2:38 AM ET
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Sophie Littlefield has a new series.   There has also been a surge of YA apocalypic books.

Date Posted: 8/3/2011 12:48 PM ET
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I would add "The City not Long after" by Pat Murphy.

It plays at the same location as 'Earth Abides' by George Stewart and has the same reason ( a disease wipes out most of the population ), but the story line is totally different. 

Give it  a try.

Also  a book called the 'The Last Ship' by William Brinkley.  Very intense, but I  loved the book, a US warship is the only one to survive an atomic attack.  Super reading.

Margaret Atwood wrote two end of world stories ' Oryx and Crake' and the 'Year of the Flood". I highly recommend them.

 



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Date Posted: 8/3/2011 1:06 PM ET
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  • The Postman, by David Brin  -> at home on my to read shelf
  • Dies the Fire, by S.M. Stirling  -> at home on my to read shelf

The rest from that list either wish listed, or ordered.

 

Earth Abides, read and liked

One Second After, read and liked

The Last Ship,  read and liked.

 

The other three Wish Listed

 

Thanks, all!

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 1:25 AM ET
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Get crackin' on the Postman already. ;) You won't regret it.

Also, Faraday's Orphans by N. Lee Wood.

Date Posted: 8/9/2011 10:54 PM ET
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The only one I can think of that isn't already listed is The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel.

I'm definitely going to start looking for some of these recommended books that I haven't read. Thanks for the list.

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 9:24 PM ET
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Tom,

Looked at your book shelf and saw a lot of Stephen King but not "The Stand". Epic. Some of his best work

If you haven't read it because you saw the movie, you missed 3/4's of the book.

Thanks for sharing your list.

Date Posted: 8/11/2011 3:28 AM ET
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Philip K. DIck's "The Penultimate Truth" could be considered post-apocalyptic. Not his best work, but an entertaining read.

Date Posted: 8/11/2011 10:00 AM ET
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Added all these books to my list. Some great looking books I had not run into before, thanks!

 

I will try and find time to turn these into an actual paperbackswap list here shortly.

Date Posted: 8/11/2011 12:08 PM ET
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There is one other you may want to take a look at....The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Calling it a post-apocalyptic story may be a bit of a push, depending on what you consider apocalyptic. However, it does take place in a  future world drastically changed by political, regional war and global food supply evolution and trends. It takes place in SE Asia and is a pretty amazing book.

Date Posted: 8/11/2011 12:11 PM ET
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Added to my wish list. It looks good, whether or not it is post-apocalyptic. Thanks!

Subject: a few comments
Date Posted: 8/11/2011 7:06 PM ET
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Faraday's Orphans, by N. Lee Wood. - I thought of that one too, but didn't list it because I remembered it as not being set on Earth.  I'm not sure if that is a valid qualifer for the category, and the book certainly reads like post-apocalytic, so I recommend it too.

The Stand, by Stephen King - Is there another Tom here?  I have no Stephen King on my bookshelf.  I haven't read this, but generally dislike Stephen King's writing.  Rather than concept-driven or character-driven, to me his books seem gore-driven.

-Tom Hl.



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Date Posted: 8/12/2011 12:15 PM ET
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I've read The Stand, and, while I enjoyed it at the time, I have grown away from his writing style, as well.

 

Keep the suggestions coming. This is such an entertaining, diverse category, there must be more!

Date Posted: 8/12/2011 6:47 PM ET
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Faraday's Orphans, by N. Lee Wood. - I thought of that one too, but didn't list it because I remembered it as not being set on Earth.  I'm not sure if that is a valid qualifer for the category, and the book certainly reads like post-apocalytic, so I recommend it too.

It's set on Earth. Earth is just missing something...kind of...important. ;)

Subject: Faraday's Orphans
Date Posted: 8/13/2011 7:36 AM ET
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I think this means I get to re-read it!
Date Posted: 8/14/2011 11:21 AM ET
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Swan Song by Robert McCammon

One Second After by William R. Forstchen (already mentioned, but worth mentioning again)

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (also mentioned, but I would add Parable of the Talents as well)

Date Posted: 8/14/2011 12:41 PM ET
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added ;-)

Date Posted: 8/16/2011 10:05 PM ET
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I had to buy it from amazon but am really glad I did.  Right up there with Earth Abides, The last ship, and World War Z (which was a real surprise for me, great read.)
Date Posted: 8/22/2011 3:30 PM ET
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Although they're primarily young adult science fiction just about anything by John Christopher (Samuel Youd) is postapocalyptic and a good read.  Most sadly will probably be hard to find, but his Tripods books are particularly popular and still in print.  His The Death of Grass (No Blade of Grass) is a classic adult collapse-of-civilization book that I would rank up there with Earth Abides

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Youd#John_Christopher

Date Posted: 8/25/2011 5:23 PM ET
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There's an "End of the World Books" book list you might like to use and contribute to here: http://www.paperbackswap.com/Best-End-World-Books-Written/list/295/

I second William's John Christopher recommendation, but I liked A Wrinkle in the Skin.

I also enjoyed Triumph by Philip Wylie, War Day by Strieber and Kunetka, and Emergence by David Palmer.



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Date Posted: 8/25/2011 5:26 PM ET
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The Rift was pretty darn good.

Date Posted: 8/27/2011 8:36 PM ET
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I entirely forgot John Christopher's Tripod Trilogy!! I loved those book as a kid, and managed to find a boxed set here when I first joined the Swap. I recently decided to reread them, and despite the years I've acquired since first I read them, I still found the story to be just as compelling as before. Definitely a YA series, but enjoyable nevertheless.

Date Posted: 9/6/2011 9:14 AM ET
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I think the YA title 'Hunger Games' would fit under here as well.

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