Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (Wastelands #1)
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Adams wisely chooses Stephen King's "The End of the Whole Mess" as an opener and moves into all manner of exciting territory from there. Wastelands is the expected mix of strong (and some average) short stories; most of them have a high re-read score and there is an good mix of diverse ideas and themes that keep within the central focus.
THAT SAID: if y...more
The End of the Whole Mess by Stephen King: Reviewers keep talking about what a great story this was to open the collection. Nope. It's crap.
Waiting for the Zephyr by Tobias S. Buckell: This was a really short and seemingly inoffensive story about a girl trying to escape her family and get on a wind-driven landship out of town, but I hated it. I don't even really know why. It was like 4 pages long but it managed to infuriate me anyway.
Salvage by Orson Scott Card: Mormon propaganda.
Naturally, a short story collection lik...more
Interesting collection of End Of The World Literature Many of these stories are top notch, unfortunately there are a few that also serve as filler material.
The End of The Whole Mess
I give it 4 stars. Interesting enough but could have been better. Super genius figures out what is wrong with anger in people and finds a cure in a source of well water outside of Waco. Turns out that the cure also leads to Alsheimers but that is not discovered until too late.
In college, I was subjected to plenty of non-genre and genre short fiction, making me think I just preferred novels. But...more
Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels by George R. R. Martin
To quote Spock, "PAIN!"
And the Deep Blue Sea by Elizabeth Bear
Yes, I liked Damnation Alley, too. Still, I found it enjoyable and well-written short story.
Speech Sounds by Octavia E. Butler
I have never read her before, and I didn't expect to care for her style or content (since I am usually a male chauvinist pig with regards to fiction authors), but I was quite taken by this story.
Judgment Passed by Jerry Oltion
Parental neglect on a bib...more
Many of these stories were exactly the type I like, with protagonists with strong personalities, plausible or unexplained end-of-the-world scenarios, and a focus on the realities of day-to-day life after an apocalypse. My favorites were "When Sysadmins Ruled the...more
Which, it turned out, was not a very good idea. The fact that i really looking forward to read it, with high hopes and all, left me very disappointed and stupid at the same time. The editor seems to cram all cheap stories he could find, as long as it resemble (even sli...more
I usually don't enjoy short story collections very much because it seems like the stories end right when I'm really starting to like the characters and get into the setting. This book wasn't disappointing at all, though - there are 22 tales and only one of them was a flop (Mute, by Gene Wolfe). If you like abstract art, though, you may enjoy that story as well.
Overall this is a thorough cross-section of the apocalyptic sub-genre. A few stories in you can see the general themes of the collection: bleakness, loss, betrayal, questioning the fundamentals of humanity, survival, and plucky characters. It's very obvious one person sifted through the apocalyptic stories out there and carefully chose ones that fit his mental image of what the end would be like. It's not positive.
This collection is heavy on the SF side compared to the fantasy, this isn't a n...more
WOW! I loved this book! LOVED IT. I'm not usually one for story collections, (I find that the editor often includes some crappy stories as fluff to the good ones) but I can say that almost every single story in this anthology is well-worth the read. I'm going to actually go through and give my review of each story in the collection, because I loved this book that much. So, there are mild SPOILERS below! Not really, actually. I’m pretty good.
I'm going to list them by the author's last name, as I...more
I almost gave up on this book. The first two stories were the weaker efforts from the most recognizable writers (Yes, I’m pointing at you Mr. Card). I’d read the Stephen King story before so I didn’t even bother with that one – it wasn’t his worst but definitely not his best. Those were followed by a couple more stories that I found to more or less “blah”/forgettable. Persistence paid off though, i.e. I worked m...more
"The End of the Whole Mess" by Stephen King: King's depiction of a highly intelligent individual just seemed ludicrous, and the story was hackneyed. A major disappointment.
So I picked up Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse after a recommendation from a friend. The book is a collection of short stories that run the gamut from Nuclear Apocalypse, to Viral, and on. A veritable litany of it's the end of th...more
In particular I loved George R. R. Martin's 'Dark Dark Were the Tunnels', which sparked a strong interest to seek out his other pre-Game-of-Thrones SF, and Gene Wolfe's 'Mute'. The latter is the crown jewel of this collection (and I'll be reading more from him, especially sin...more
I recommend this collection...more
Most were pretty good though. The Stephen King was excellent. But I think my favourite was one where the Rapture occurred, and a group of astronauts who were in deep space return to Earth to find it deserted, and discarded newspapers full of stories about how Jesus appeared and lifted every living person off the face of the planet. And the astronauts appear to have been fo...more
Like all collections there were stories in Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse that stood out, that were a step or two above good and in some cases even higher than rea...more
Adams kicks the antholo...more
Aside from my thoughts on each story, this anthology led me to consider a recurring aspect of the post-apocalyptic story. In a breakdown of civilization, we see a return to primeval behaviors - or more accurately an emphasis on those behaviors which co...more