Post by AeroCooper on Apr 30, 2014 21:08:10 GMT -5
I've been on a 'last man on earth' kick for quite awhile, but its hard to find many of those. Usually when you search for them you end up finding zombie novels, which don't appeal to me at all, or the last group of people, which is still pretty good though (think The Stand).
I'm currently reading 'Alas Babylon' by Pat Frank. It was written in the '50s, I believe, but it reads like a modern day novel. Here is the synopsis:
When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.
So far it is pretty good. I'd definitely recommend it.
Last Edit: Apr 30, 2014 21:08:50 GMT -5 by AeroCooper
If you like post-apocalyptic stories, I would recommend the first seven books in the Shannara saga by Terry Brooks. Elfstones of Shannara is my favorite book of all time, and happily I heard they are doing it as a TV show on *gulp*......MTV. That has me concerned, but otherwise, its an interesting tale of mankind destroying itself with his nuclear arsenal and picking up the pieces. The first book (rightly criticized for being a LOTR rip off) the Sword of Shannara takes place a couple thousand years after man destroyed itself in the Great Wars and had to start over. Instead of science being the dominant force in the land as it was in the past, its now magic that has taken the upper hand. What is more interesting is Brooks pulled a Stephen King by combining one of his trilogies (The Knight of the Word trilogy) with the Shannara series, making KOTW a prequel as to how the world was destroyed and starting a new series called the Genesis of Shannara combining the two. Some of the later books aren't nearly as good as the first seven, (there's like 16 in all) and he has just announced plans to end the Shannara series with a trilogy of books currently being written. But, I can't recommend the first seven highly enough. They are what got me into reading for pleasure instead of because of school when I was younger.
Catherine Cookson, not my normal reading these days, but I did read a lot of her books as a teen....
Since hubby couldn't drive after hurting his arm (he detached a tendon from the bone and had to have surgery)I have had to drive him everywhere, he had to drop something off work related on a weekend and next door was having a yard sale...and they say women can talk....so I wandered next door to the yard sale and they had all these hard cover books that looked brand new, I started putting some aside and realised I only had $20 in cash on me, the lady had said $1 a book, so I started putting some back. She was like what are you doing? I said sorry I realised I only have about $20 on me, she said how about you take them all and I pay you $20? She didn't appear drunk or stoned or crazy but I backpedalled down the driveway double time, how many of you have been to a yard sale where they offer to pay you to take stuff?
She wasn't drunk, stoned or crazy! They had been having a yard sale for the past 4 weekends and were moving overseas, anything left at 3pm that day (it was 2.30pm when she freaked me out out) they had to pay to dump as there shipping containers were arriving at 7am the next morning. It made sense once she told me.
A guy I went to school with owns a Pantech and does most of the pick ups for local charities, he is one of about 12 kids and has 9 kids of his own, I don't think he has ever worked a day in his life, all he does is pick ups for places like salvation army and St Vincent de Paul free of charge as long as he gets first dibs. I called him and he agreed to come and get the leftovers trash or treasure, he actually got a $6 000 leather 9 seater corner lounge suite with chaise in near mint condition...
My hubby has a dual cab pickup similar to Coop's and I loaded the back of it 3/4 full of books and hardly put a dent in the books, but I took what I liked and what I knew my friends liked and upgraded Stephen King and Dean Koontz etc paperbacks to hardcovers.
Migration by Julie E Czerneda. It is volume 2 in the Species Imperative Trilogy. Not a series i would of picked up based on the cover art, but had read some reviews that peaked my interest. First book was really good. Halfway through this one and it is equally good. Obviously, it is in the Sci Fi genre.
John Wrights "Count to a Trillion." It is essentially about using mathematics to rewrite genetic code. Very complex in places, which can make a story boring for me--however, this one is holding me in. about 3/4 of the way through and interested in seeing how it wraps.
Just started the first book in 'The Fifty Shades Of Grey' trilogy by E L James. My daughter gave them to me and said they were great. Last time she said that was when she gave me the 'Twilight' series, so I'll wait and see. So far this one is an improvement from the dean Koontz I just finished.
Like I said, so far, eh. Its just a lot of detail and I'm not really into his style yet, so its hard for me to say. But generally speaking books like this (the start of a series) are usually slow paced. Its not until they get into later books that the action and storytelling really pick up. I'll keep chipping away at it, with the hopes that down the line its going to get interesting.
I just ordered the High Druid's Blade by Terry Brooks. Can't wait for that one!
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