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Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
« on: July 28, 2012, 01:32:35 pm »
Hi, I'm recovering from emergency surgery this past Friday and will be home about a month. (Emergency hysterectomy due to massive fibroid tumor). I could really use some book recommendations before complete boredom sets in. Right now the remote is my best friend as I have to sit in the recliner a lot LOL. In particular ones with an apocalyptic theme as I already have a ton of romance and suspense books on my Kindle. Of course, I am open to other recommendations from different genres. What are some good ones?

Thanks!
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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #1 on: July 28, 2012, 02:18:10 pm »
    Wool by Hugh Howey. Great book about life in an underground silo after an apocalypse. Get well soon!


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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #2 on: July 28, 2012, 03:20:51 pm »
    Some oldies but goodies:
    Lucifer's Hammer
    The Day of the Triffids

    A Canticle for Leibowitz (unfortunately not enKindled, but there is an audio book)

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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #3 on: July 28, 2012, 04:01:12 pm »
    And then there's always Stephen King's The Stand -- long enough to keep you going for a while.

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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #4 on: July 28, 2012, 09:31:33 pm »
    Cormac McCarthy's The Road

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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #5 on: July 29, 2012, 05:01:29 am »
    I've loved a good End of the World novel since I was a boy so maybe I can pull something out of my sleeve you'd enjoy,  Here's a variety to try:

    Breakers by Edward W. Robertson - this is an indie author's mashup of a pandemic followed by an alien invasion.
    H10N1 by M.R. Cornelius - another pandemic, another indie author.  This is a romance writer turned apocalypse author.  She knows how to write about interpersonal relationships .....
    Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse - a short story anthology with authors ranging from Stephen King to George RR Martin to Orson Scott Card.  You can get it for $2 less at baenebooks.com...
    Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy) by Myra Grant - the first in a trilogy.  Its a political thriller set 25 years after a zombie apocalypse.
    The Postman by David Brin - horrible movie, great book.




           



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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #7 on: July 29, 2012, 05:58:34 am »
    These all look great...thanks! I'm also going to get some writing done on my WIP but want to enjoy the extra time to read as well. Thanks!

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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #8 on: July 29, 2012, 11:41:55 am »
    Have you tried The Road by McCarthy?

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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #9 on: July 29, 2012, 03:36:29 pm »
    Get well soon! "The Amadeus Net" by Mark A. Rayner is a post-apocalyptic science fiction book that I loved. It might be a good choice for you as it's unlike any other apocalyptic book I've read before -- it's both comedy and scifi, an interesting combo.  :)

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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #10 on: July 29, 2012, 03:43:59 pm »
    Hi, I'm recovering from emergency surgery this past Friday and will be home about a month. (Emergency hysterectomy due to massive fibroid tumor). I could really use some book recommendations before complete boredom sets in. Right now the remote is my best friend as I have to sit in the recliner a lot LOL. In particular ones with an apocalyptic theme as I already have a ton of romance and suspense books on my Kindle. Of course, I am open to other recommendations from different genres. What are some good ones?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #11 on: July 29, 2012, 07:01:03 pm »
    I've loved a good End of the World novel since I was a boy so maybe I can pull something out of my sleeve you'd enjoy,  Here's a variety to try:

    Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse - a short story anthology with authors ranging from Stephen King to George RR Martin to Orson Scott Card.  You can get it for $2 less at baenebooks.com...


    I second this one. The story in there called "Slag" or something, about the dog, ripped my heart out and mashed it into pulp. Powerful stuff.

    The King story was great for the first 90%. He's a wonderful writer. Great collection, overall.
     
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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #12 on: July 29, 2012, 11:41:30 pm »
    S. M. Stirling's Dies the Fire series is really good, he's got a ton of books out there and I believe two completely different series that evolve around the same event.  I haven't read them all yet but what I have, I enjoyed.  I'm a newbie to the genre and I'm loving the new suggestions on here too! 

    Also, you might want to do a search, I think there are older threads suggesting post apocalyptic books.
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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #13 on: July 31, 2012, 11:32:09 am »
    No.

    But I'd stay away from POD. It's more of a YA book, but I really didn't care for it.

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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #14 on: July 31, 2012, 12:03:26 pm »
    The Passage by Justin Cronin

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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #15 on: July 31, 2012, 02:21:47 pm »
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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #16 on: July 31, 2012, 02:26:35 pm »
    I really liked Like Wax Under Flame more than I realized I would. Even months after finishing it, I keep thinking about it and wanting a sequel to come out. On the positive side, you have a lot of choices to choose from.

    I hope you feel better soon!

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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #17 on: July 31, 2012, 03:35:48 pm »
    Though he's often pretentious, Cormac McCarthy wrote quite a doozy with The Road.  The story is simple and almost B-movie-like (a father and son walk toward the coast in a post-apocalyptic America).  But the book was FREAKY SCARY because there are always cannibals nipping (often quite literally) on their heels.  That was one thing the movie didn't get; it had the basic plot but just wasn't very scary.  An added plus:  it won the Pulitzer Prize so you can brag that you read a literary novel even though it's just a glorified zombie story.

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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #18 on: July 31, 2012, 10:48:03 pm »


    Go Go Girls Of The Apocalypse.  Because who doesn't like their dystopia a little offbeat?

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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #19 on: August 01, 2012, 01:17:41 pm »
    Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks, part of a larger series. It's a mesh between fantasy and apocalyptic, if that makes sense.

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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #20 on: August 01, 2012, 03:33:32 pm »
    Haven't read many. I really liked A Boy And His Dog by Harlan Ellison; down and dirty, gritty stuff. The Postman and Wool have already been mentioned, and are both fine; nice ideas and well executed.

     
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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #21 on: August 01, 2012, 05:19:57 pm »
    Chris Wally, the Lamb among the Stars trilogy.
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    The Dark Foundation
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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #22 on: August 02, 2012, 07:34:14 am »
    My personal favorite is Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban.  It takes a while to get a handle on the language, but once you do, the book is amazing.
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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #23 on: August 07, 2012, 04:50:26 pm »
    Margaret Atwood's Oryx & Crake and it's follow-up The Year of the Flood are really good I recommend that you give them a read if you haven't already done so.
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    Re: Anyone Have Any Apocolyptic Book Suggestions?
    « Reply #24 on: August 07, 2012, 04:58:45 pm »
    One that I read recently is The Eleventh Plague. It's probably not going to end up as a classic like some on this list, but it was an entertaining read.
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