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Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 16/9/2008 3:19:26 PM   
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Basically I want to read a great book where mankind has been royally shafted (by disease, nukes etc.) and groups of survivors are struggling to stay alive - I've always liked this kind of scenario and after recently reading Cell I want more.

I know The Stand will sate my requirement but are there any others people could recommend?
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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 16/9/2008 3:38:26 PM   
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Look no further than Earth Abides by George R Stewart, in which a group of survivors attempt to rebuild some sort of civilisation following an apocalypse.
Not your typical sci-fi novel, but epic in scope, thoughtful, believable and ultimately quite moving.

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 16/9/2008 4:03:15 PM   
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The Road - Cormac McCarthy - Simply superb. Depressing, but superb.




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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 16/9/2008 4:23:44 PM   
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Nice one chaps!!!

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 16/9/2008 10:41:50 PM   
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The Death of Grass by John Christopher (The Tripods, The Guardians) is fantastic. Unfortuantely its incredibly hard to get hold of as it has been out of print. You can pick up a copy on eBay for various prices (the prce can vary a great deal).

Its a about a mystery virus that destroys all forms of grass on Earth and what happens to society as the food runs out. Its  a great read and well worth the effort of trying to get hold of a copy. I've spoken to author a bit about the book and he's a really nice guy and amazingly lucid for an 86 year old.

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 16/9/2008 10:51:50 PM   
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I Am Legend is one of my favourite books of all time - great stuff, probably closer to The Road than Cell (there's only one character in the book for almost the entire book), but really worth reading.

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 17/9/2008 12:04:42 AM   
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My two recommendations were already mentioned, but allow me to second them - The Road and I Am Legend. Both great books. Children of Men is kind of okay, I don't think the book is as good as the film though (it's usually the other way around!).

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 17/9/2008 1:38:39 PM   
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I like these types of books too and as you say The Stand is a good one.  Cell was crap (although I did like the start).

I would also really recommend World War Z, excellent book.

I agree with Children of Men, the film is much better, I really didn't like the main character in the book.
I am Legend, don't get why this book is so popular, I was expecting something great - its just a fairly decent read.


I would avoid a book called The Snow like the plague.  Snow starts to fall and never stops - sounded good.........  The worst book I have ever read.

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 17/9/2008 1:45:01 PM   
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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 17/9/2008 1:52:45 PM   
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Just been having a think and three more reasonably good novels spring to mind that fit the Apocolyptic, humanity gone mad type scenario.

Dean Koontz - The Taking
Stephen King - The Mist (In the anthology Skeleton Crew)
James Herbert - The Fog

Give em a go. All are good reads.

Additionally, the Rats Triliogy whilst not starting out like that, it ends with all out nuclear war at the start of the third book Domain (also James Herbert). This presents a really good premise and works brilliantly. The best of the trilogy in my opinion.


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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 17/9/2008 3:50:32 PM   
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On the Beach by Neville Chute, about how humanity is wiped out by a nuclear war apart from Austrailia and how the country gets on knowing that the nuclear winter is gradually working it's way south. Harsh stuff.

World War Z is fucking superb, I recommend it big time. Meat by Joseph D'Lacey is also a good but incredibly gory read.

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 17/9/2008 6:39:46 PM   
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I like these types of books too and as you say The Stand is a good one. Cell wascrap (although I did like the start).

Yeah Cell kinda died after a super first half or so but I still enjoyed it.

I would also really recommend World War Z, excellent book.

I agree with Children of Men, the film is much better, I really didn't like the main character in the book.
I am Legend, don't get why this book is so popular, I was expecting something great - its just a fairly decent read.


I would avoid a book called The Snow like the plague. Snow starts to fall and never stops - sounded good......... The worst book I have ever read.


The snow!

There's some great stuff here - I might kick off with The Road first of all then move onto the others. I've actually read the Rats trilogy and Domain was right up my apocalyptic street.

I'm not too fussed with I Am Legend - the crappy Will Smith film has put me off seeing it as I now roughly know what happens.


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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 17/9/2008 7:25:38 PM   
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The Handmaid's Tale is an excellent dystopian novel, maybr not as apocolyptic as you're looking for but I'd heartily recommend it.

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 17/9/2008 8:29:44 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Fluke Skywalker


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ORIGINAL: crimond

I like these types of books too and as you say The Stand is a good one.  Cell was crap (although I did like the start).

Yeah Cell kinda died after a super first half or so but I still enjoyed it.

I would also really recommend World War Z, excellent book.

I agree with Children of Men, the film is much better, I really didn't like the main character in the book.
I am Legend, don't get why this book is so popular, I was expecting something great - its just a fairly decent read.


I would avoid a book called The Snow like the plague.  Snow starts to fall and never stops - sounded good.........  The worst book I have ever read.


The snow!

There's some great stuff here - I might kick off with The Road first of all then move onto the others. I've actually read the Rats trilogy and Domain was right up my apocalyptic street.

I'm not too fussed with I Am Legend - the crappy Will Smith film has put me off seeing it as I now roughly know what happens.





Don't let that put you off, it really is so much better than the film. Plus, without giving it away, the ending of the book is completely different to the ending of the movie.


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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 17/9/2008 9:16:32 PM   
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The best ones have already been mentioned - The Road, The Stand, World War Z, The Handmaid's Tale - but I would also mention:

Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny
Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood

Probably more, but I can't think of any at the mo.

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 17/9/2008 9:27:40 PM   
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I've heard good things about World War Z  before, and after the couple of recommendations here too, I think I'll definitely be trying to read it soon.

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 17/9/2008 10:43:45 PM   
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god damn as soon as i saw this thread i thought "the Road and Death of Grass" but alas i have been beaten
so i'll recommend Blood Music!

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 18/9/2008 7:52:20 AM   
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A Great unexpected one is in "Girlfriend in a Coma" By Douglas Coupland, when it occurs, It fits with the story and characters as well, it's one of the rare books i've read more than once. 

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 18/9/2008 10:04:00 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: damn i'm good!

Just been having a think and three more reasonably good novels spring to mind that fit the Apocolyptic, humanity gone mad type scenario.

Dean Koontz - The Taking


As with many Koontz, this starts off great then loses it's way badly.

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 18/9/2008 12:09:00 PM   
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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 18/9/2008 3:36:21 PM   
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Blindness - Jose Saramago
The Plague - Albert Camus
A Journal of the Plague Year - Daniel Defoe


The film of that is coming out soon, on rotten tomatoes it got some harsh reviews.

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 18/9/2008 4:10:17 PM   
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Blindness - Jose Saramago
The Plague - Albert Camus
A Journal of the Plague Year - Daniel Defoe


Ah, forgot that one. And I just finished reading it a few months ago! That's a really good one, although Saramago style of prose is quite challenging at first, as he believes in punctuation and sentence structure less than McCarthy does!

I had high hopes for the film, based on the director, cast and source novel. Some feedback is okay, but it doesn't seem to have hit home with the US critics. I'll hold on to see (ho ho!) for myself though.

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 18/9/2008 6:26:18 PM   
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ORIGINAL: damn i'm good!

Just been having a think and three more reasonably good novels spring to mind that fit the Apocolyptic, humanity gone mad type scenario.

Dean Koontz - The Taking


As with many Koontz, this starts off great then loses it's way badly.

I'm half way through this at the moment and I'm really enjoying it.

I'll also second World War Z. Fantastic!


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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 18/9/2008 7:27:35 PM   
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ORIGINAL: damn i'm good!

The Road - Cormac McCarthy - Simply superb. Depressing, but superb.


quote:

ORIGINAL: damn i'm good!

The Road - Cormac McCarthy - Simply superb. Depressing, but superb.


quote:

ORIGINAL: damn i'm good!

The Road - Cormac McCarthy - Simply superb. Depressing, but superb.


quote:

ORIGINAL: damn i'm good!

The Road
- Cormac McCarthy - Simply superb. Depressing, but superb.


quote:

ORIGINAL: damn i'm good!

The Road - Cormac McCarthy - Simply superb. Depressing, but superb.


quote:

ORIGINAL: damn i'm good!

The Road - Cormac McCarthy - Simply superb. Depressing, but superb.


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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 18/9/2008 7:47:28 PM   
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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 18/9/2008 7:53:22 PM   
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I got World War Z from the library this evening, so looking forward to getting stuck in. Just have to finish those other four books that I'm also currently reading....! I had to pay a 7.50 fine first though. I'd completely forgotten I had that on my account - this zombie malarkey better be worth it!

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 18/9/2008 8:50:20 PM   
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SWAN SONG by Robert R McCammon bloody brillant,very lke Stephen Kings The Stand but a lot more to it,would make a great movie just maybe a tad to long for a one off though.

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 19/9/2008 10:15:39 AM   
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I think all my favourites have been listed: World War Z, The Stand, The Road, I Am Legend, Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes (lots of John Wyndham actually), Oryx & Crake (like Atomised but better), The Handmaid's Tale, On The Beach, the first half of Cell...

Speaking of John Christopher, somewhere I've got another series of him about a post-apocalyptic society and a prince who...something or other. Mind reading's involved. It's a trilogy. There's a love triangle. The rest's sort of a blur. Anyone know what I'm talking about, let me know.

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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 19/9/2008 12:03:57 PM   
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I think all my favourites have been listed: World War Z, The Stand, The Road, I Am Legend, Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes (lots of John Wyndham actually), Oryx & Crake (like Atomised but better), The Handmaid's Tale, On The Beach, the first half of Cell...

Speaking of John Christopher, somewhere I've got another series of him about a post-apocalyptic society and a prince who...something or other. Mind reading's involved. It's a trilogy. There's a love triangle. The rest's sort of a blur. Anyone know what I'm talking about, let me know.


I thought Atomised was pretty much filth. It is brilliant however, but filth nonetheless - it deserves a second read.


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RE: Recommend a book with an apocalyptic scenario - 19/9/2008 1:51:04 PM   
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ORIGINAL: damn i'm good!

The Road - Cormac McCarthy - Simply superb. Depressing, but superb.





i second this. such a bleak book but the writing is so magnificent (that sounds pretentious but believe me its warranted) you have to read on even though very little (plotwise) happens within the book. You fall in love with these characters as they wander through this harsh wilderness. Cormac McCarthy really is one of the best writers i've read in ages. i've not read many but i can't wait to read more. Highly recommend him

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