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Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

3.05 of 5 stars 3.05  ·  rating details  ·  903 ratings  ·  222 reviews
When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data, instant messages, and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets, talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles furt ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published March 1st 2014)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3* of five

The Publisher Says:When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data, instant messages, and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets, talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles further and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

For Gladstone, the Net's di

"Don't you realize the Internet is just a way for millions of sad people to be completely alone together?"

What if the internet just went away one day?

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I'm always surprised when I can't put a book down. But I'm even more surprised when I look at the clock, notice hours have passed, and suddenly realize that I haven't put a book down. That loss-of-time feeling can happen when you start clicking links on the internet, leaving you ultimately feeling empty. The loss-of-time you experience reading Notes From The Internet Apocalypse leaves you feeling filled- full of ideas, questions, laughter, pathos. This book is absorptive. You'll finish it quickl ...more
Notes from the Internet Apocalypse has drawn my interest purely because of its premise - a dystopia featuring a world without a plague or catastrophe, but where one day the internet simply disappears. How would the world react? What would you do if you couldn't browse Goodreads, read the news, connect with people online?

What I didn't know was that Wayne Gladstone is a columnist who writes for a popular website,, and that his book is a satire which initially appeared as a serialized n
First Reads Review - Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone

So I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads program, and I wasn't really sure what to expect. I feel I must qualify this review by saying that I like and read it fairly often. I have to say, though, between reading this and John Dies at the End, that perhaps comedy list writing and novel writing are not things that really feed well into each other. Because from the start this book was something of a me
Sophia Stuart
I found this book chilling.

In a good, but disturbing, way. I hesitate to say whether I enjoyed it but I had to finish it, which is by no means always the case, so I do recommend reading it. But there are times when I felt like I'd stumbled into an area of the web that I just don't care to go. At. All.

But first let me back up -

The premise is excellent: "What would happen if the Internet just stopped working?"

This gives us a chance to walk around NYC, with Gladstone, and find out how people wou
I expected this book to be funny, but I didn't expect to have my heart ripped out and to question my whole existence. The brilliant satire and scathing social commentary leave you unprepared (deliberately, I expect) for the heart-wrenching gravity of the psychological thriller that eventuates. Given the prevalence of the Internet in our lives, one wonders how a book like this hasn't been written yet, but now that it has, it may be the most important novel the technology age has seen.
Okay, so this author, Wayne Gladstone, is a mainstay, and his Hate by Numbers series changed the way many of us critique our video feeds. When I picked up a preview of his upcoming novel, I expected a lot. The funny, the level vision, even the flashes of perplexed pain I’d met with in his columns. He’d already posted the original novella, and it seemed this would be a logical expansion, a fine time on a satirical adventure.
What I didn't expect? Characters that turn and meet my eyes
renee g
Satirical, full of geeky jokes, and heart-wrenching. I smiled or flat out laughed through most of the book. Then questioned my life at the end. Yet still I raced to GoodReads to throw out some random comments about what I thought, to an invisible audience.

Well played Mr Gladstone, well played.
About all I can say about this is, "meh". Humorous at the start, the Internet puns got old really fast, and it was like slogging through middle school humor for most of the book.
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Notes from the Internet Apocalypse is completely unlike the usual books I read, which are mostly Fantasy and Science Fiction. I decided to give it a try because I really am an internet nut. I spend a considerable amount online socializing with internet friends and working on a book blog.

So that is what really drew me to this book, the fact that there was a blogger because hey I'm a blogger, and the curiosity about what might happen should all of a sudden the internet met its end. It wasn't just
I received a free copy of this book through the First-Reads giveaway.

Notes on the Internet Apocalypse is a satire of our internet habits and daily rituals online. The problem with satire is not that it is extremely hard to produce; rather it is that it is too easy. How does the author (Wayne Gladstone) satire the internet? Easily. It’s so easy anybody can do it. Just imagine any website operating offline and you’re done. Take for example, Reddit. How would you satire a Redditor, if he was forced
May 14, 2014 Lucky rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
URGH. I had high hopes for this title, as I am a librarian and spend a lot of time using the internet. The writing, the pacing, and the dialogue were all pretty terrible and forced. A lot of times it felt as if he wrote a scene just to throw in a zingy one-liner (ex: "I wanted to ask you about your sign...I pointed down to her posterboard, which read, GIVE IT BACK, to make it clear I wasn't talking about astrology" pg 61)--EYE ROLL. I might have liked this more had it been condensed down into a ...more
Comencé a leer el libro cuando mi modem se dañó y comencé a sufrir el síndrome de abstinencia de internet, no sólo no podía consultar cosas en Wikipedia o actualizar mis correos para trabajar, es que ¡no podía ni pensar!
La premisa del libro, - un día el mundo amanece sin internet - , es genial, al igual que los primeros capítulos: las empresas dan los días libres porque no se puede trabajar sin internet, aparecen los zombies de internet, se hacen "círculos de blog" donde los "internautas sin int
disclaimer – i won an advanced reader’s copy of this novel through goodreads’ first reads program.

how would you handle the loss of the internet? not just a brief outage, but a complete and total shutdown for an unknown reason. think about it – no goodreads, no bloggess, no twitter. in notes from the internet apocalypse that’s exactly what happens and the world goes crazy. there are “zombie” groups in new york trying to fill the gaping holes left in their lives. and out of this darkness comes a p
Caleb Abel
Somewhere on the comedy spectrum between A Confederacy of Dunces and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Notes from the Internet Apocalypse could find a happy home. The jokes are solid, the story is sufficient. It's a quick, easy read for a highly amusing commentary on the current state of technology from 2005 to today.

I have a slight concern about the material's longevity, but only time will tell on that one. While references to 4Chan and Ducklips feel ripe for comedy in 2014, it's tough to s
Brilliant. Our internet was out after a big thunderstorm so I've experienced just an iota of the feelings of helplessness and confusion that the author captures so compellingly in this novel. Based on the title and concept, I thought it was going to be some sort of creepy dystopian horror show but it was funny, disturbing and fascinating from start to finish. The characters are well developed there are great surprises along the way. I was 100% on board and can't stop thinking about what might ha ...more
Heartfelt, honest and hilarious. Hard to put down. I actually lol'd IRL. You, or someone you know are a character in this wonderful novel. Also, it's sexy. And sweet. Stop what you're doing, buy this book, read this book, then get off your computer and go interact with the world. I'm aware of the irony of using this technology in order to decry it.
I went into this novel with certain hopes. Having been a fan of Gladstone's work (including Hate By Numbers and Throwing Stones), I was expecting cutting, dry wit and a healthy dose of satire.

While I DID get that, I got a fair bit more, too. In Notes, Gladstone shows a real warmth. This has been hinted at by his inclusion of his family (particularly his children) in HBN, but this book is, first and foremost, a love story, where the protagonist is haunted by his absent wife Romaya. Th
Lately it takes a lot longer for me to get through a book. In a world filled with film, TV and endless online entertainment it's rather ironic that the first book in ages that I found it hard to tear myself away from was a book about the loss of the Internet.

But the reason I found this so compelling was that it is a brilliant combination of satire, social commentary and great concept, but with a surprisingly profound look at the individual.

Gladstone exhibits not only a great understanding of the
Sparky Ellis
I really enjoyed the book. I'd call it a "fast read" both in that it's fairly brief, and it's engaging so you want to read more. I've seen criticisms that it didn't dig deep enough into the reality of what would happen if the internet were to actually disappear. I feel that criticism is missing the point of the book. That's not what it's about. It's not what the author was investigating.
The plot was interesting, the plot twists were well planned, it was definitely an enjoyable, fun book. The one
As a huge fan of and "Gladstone" in particular, I was certain I would enjoy NOTES FROM THE INTERNET APOCALYPSE. I was prepared for the biting and hilarious satire that wove the story together, the great portrayals of "places" like 4chan and Twitter in real life, and the sarcastic protagonist. I was not prepared for the story inside the story that slowly unravels as we learn more about fictional Gladstone on his quest to find the internet again.

Mistaken as the "messiah" who will bring
Brian Spurlock
I picked up Notes from the Internet Apocalypse because Gladstone is one of my favorite Cracked columnists. I anticipated reading it casually over the Summer, but I ended up so engrossed that I read it in all my free (and not-so-free) time over the next few days.

It is a very insightful look at internet culture and the groups that congregate at different places on the web. The story focuses on Gladstone-the-Character's journey of self-discovery in a world without the internet. It is moving and hil
I love books that surprise me...the ones that you pick up expecting one thing and getting something else entirely. If I were to base the review on that criteria alone, I'd give it 5 stars. This was a great read; full of wit and fun, but strangely heartfelt at the same time. Highly recommend!

“No wonder you miss the Net so much. Where else can you be all-powerful and completely inconsequential at the same time?”

I posted an insulting comment online the other day. Not on Goodreads, of course, but on a certain “literary” site known for wretched attempts at "satire," it was just such a smug, contemptible, heaping of ignorance, I felt compelled to toss in my own two cents. Not really something I tend to do, even online, but I could definitely feel a bit of the appeal of the loss of all ce
Sebastian H
"Online, words flow almost as quickly as thoughts without revision or purpose, the way they do when you’re alone or with someone who’s fallen in love with you."

This. This is the kind of evocative writing, capable of capturing what should be -by its very definiton- intangible, that stops my feverish eyes and makes me ponder on what I just read. Did the author really manage to put so much into words...? So much loneliness, desperation, longing? So much and more?

I came into this novel expecting fun
I read this all in one sitting on my day off. Its a perfect mash-up of witty satire and totally spot on references. I like that it speaks the truth about our internet addicted generation, while still telling a story of a neurotic yet loveable character.
In Notes From The Internet Apocalypse, the net has stopped working. As an entire generation of Twitterites, Facebook afficianados, Chatroulette zombies and redditers descend into the street to find some way of recreating the online experience in the real world, three unlikely heroes join together and set off on a quest to bring the wifi back...

Like anyone who has a blog or lives online, the thought of the Internet vanishing leaves me in a cold sweat!  A couple of days without connecting is dif
Justin Furano
Hilarious, insightful and a fun modern adventure that grabs your interest and holds it, right to the great twist ending. I recommend to anyone looking for a funny, exciting and captivating read.
Cook Memorial Public Library
This novel is a sometimes profane and hilarious, yet strangely poignant, satire about what could happen if all of a sudden the Internet disappeared. (This YouTube book trailer will give you a good feel for the tone of the book.) The author is a long-time columnist for, a website offering all sorts of apparently time-wasting opportunities to entertain oneself with the kinds of lists, infographics, and quizzes that we are all guilty of sharing on Facebook and Twitter. Gladstone has as ...more
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“There has not been a piece of technology designed to save labor that has not increased labor. Word processors allow you to do what your secretary used to do for you. The Internet, BlackBerries, iPhones, yes they keep you tethered, but that's not the main problem. It's that along with increasing personal productivity, they increase the expectation of productivity. It no longer becomes a bonus to do the work of one and a half men, but the norm. And then when everyone’s working at one hundred and fifty percent capacity, they can fire a third of the workforce and still maintain output.” 5 likes
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