Posts Tagged ‘Post-apocalypse’

In a future America, a few centuries after a mysterious “Storm” has wiped out most human life on Earth, Natasha works the Office of Mercy, which is charged with euthanizing any humans our animals Outside to spare them the suffering of being alive. This is an interesting fist novel from Ariel Djanikian. It’s a quick, […]


The closer men came to perfecting for themselves a paradise, the more impatient they seemed to become with it, and with themselves as well. They made a garden of pleasure, and became progressively more miserable with it as it grew into richness and power and beauty; for then, perhaps, it was easier for them to […]


There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too. MaddAddam is the final book in Margaret Atwood’s post-apocalyptic trilogy, following Oryx and Crake and The Year of the […]


The government shutdown has put me in the mood for a good apocalypse! So I present a required reading list for the apocalypse. How many have you read? This top 10 list of apocalyptic fiction — that is, fiction that takes place during or after the collapse of human civilization — is based on a […]


After nuclear war devastates the United States, the survivors in a small Florida town must work together to rebuild civilization in the first post-apocalyptic tale of the nuclear age. In rereading Alas, Babylon, I find that it holds up very well as a post-apocalyptic survival story. It is very much a product of its time, […]


The children were playing while Holston climbed to his death; he could hear them squealing as only happy children do. The Wool books, collected here in one issue, are clearly a product of the new age we’re living in. They were originally self-published as a series of e-books, heavily marketed on Amazon toward Kindle users. Because […]


It goes by many names: “The Crisis,” “The Dark Years,” “The Walking Plague,” as well as newer and more “hip” titles such as “World War Z” or “Z War One.” I have always been skeptical of zombie books, as I think zombies are one monster better suited to the screen. Their sheer numbers and relentlessness […]


Give people hope, and you could make them do just about anything. And not just your average, everyday kind of hope–for food or clothes or the absence of pain or good suburban schools or low down payments with easy financing. What people needed was a hope beyond the visible world, the world of the body […]


“People have been around for at least 100,000 years. And how long have we had electricity?” “Well, Edison invented the incandescent lamp in 1879.” “See? All this,” and she swung her arm to encircle the rooms of the only house I’d ever know, “was only a fugue state.” She pointed to the blackness framed by […]


As I wrote recently, I have been thinking a lot about genre as I have undergone a massive project to reclassify and catalogue my books on LibraryThing. That project is pretty much done (I hope), and out of it emerged a genre classification system that suits me very well. My thinking has evolved since I […]


When I was quite small I would sometimes dream of a city — which was strange because it began before I even knew what a city was. ***PLEASE… THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD. I COULDN”T WRITE THIS REVIEW WITHOUT THEM. TAKE COVER.*** Set thousands of years after a devastating nuclear war in Labrador, Canada, The Chrysalids […]


Even though this is the Tepper that I’ve heard of most, I think I liked it least of all of her novels that I’ve read. It’s set in the far future, a few hundred years after an apocalyptic event—probably a nuclear war—has nearly wiped out humanity. The new civilization still has limited access to electricity, […]


Before she became the Girl from Nowhere–the One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years–she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy. Amy Harper Bellafonte. Our fascination with vampires never seems to abate. Ten years ago, I was watching Buffy stake them on TV. Now I […]


Everybody’s doing ‘em. Here’s what I’ve observed. The most buzzed about book is obviously Justin Cronin‘s The Passage. It certainly asks for a commitment. Not only does it weigh in at almost 800 pages, it is the first in a trilogy. But it seems to have it all: the apocalypse, vampires, the endorsement of everybody […]


Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations has reprinted another of my reading lists. This time it’s my popular fiction survival guide for after the apocalypse. Head over and check it out, and while you’re there, look around. You’ll find plenty of reading suggestions there. Related articles by Zemanta Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations is seeking lists for book […]


“We’re building our own New Jerusalem up the river. It’s a world made by hand, now, one stone at a time, one board at a time, one soul at a time.” It is the foreseeable future. American civilization has failed. The small town of Union Grove, New York, has returned to a pre-Industrial Age existence. […]


Between the movie 2012 and the actual year 2012 looming on the horizon, global warming summits and Viggo Mortensen heading down The Road, the apocalypse has been on a lot of minds lately. But if you’re one of the (un)lucky ones to survive the actual big event, then what should you do? As usual, we […]


Note: This review contains mild spoilers. A Gift Upon the Shore is a post-apocalyptic novel, set in the years following the utter destruction of human civilization. in a farmhouse on the Oregon coast, a small community has survived. But the age-old power struggle between knowledge and religion is still going on. The novel opens with […]


For a retrospective of the post-apocalyptic story — and of the best contemporary science fiction and horror authors dabbling in the sub-genre — you can’t do much better than this collection. In most anthologies, you might expect to find a couple of excellent stories, a couple of clunkers and many just middling. But Wastelands contains […]


Oh Garden, oh my Garden I’ll mourn forevermore Until the Gardeners arise, And you to Life restore. Please note: There are mild spoilers in this review. The Year of the Flood is not a sequel to Atwood’s dystopian novel Oryx and Crake, but rather a companion to it. It takes place at the same time […]



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