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Notes from the Internet Apocalypse (Internet Apocalypse #1)

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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 Derus
Aug 10, 2014 Richard Derus rated it liked it
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
Mar 06, 2014 Charles rated it did not like it
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
Sep 19, 2013 Greg rated it liked it

"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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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
Oct 22, 2013 Maura rated it it was amazing
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
Sophia Stuart
Dec 03, 2013 Sophia Stuart rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2013 Liz rated it it was amazing
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.
renee g
Mar 06, 2014 renee g rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 20, 2016 Annamaria rated it it was ok
"Don't you realize the Internet is just a way for millions of sad people to be completely alone together?"

Initially I wanted to rate this book 3 stars, but the overall execution didn't convince me at all.

I love dystopias and I love them even more when they're related to the world of media. A world in which the Internet stops working for no apparent reason? People's reaction to the loss of it? Sign me up! My problem with the story though was that the satire in this book was very cheap. The author
May 03, 2014 Lucky rated it did not like it
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
Feb 27, 2014 Tavo rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-read
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
Aug 20, 2013 Katrina rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 17, 2015 Tfitoby rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, funny
I'm not even sure that I realised that this would be one of those "silly" books. Eye-rollingly silly satire is so not my thing, but the idea of a dystopian novel based around an internet apocalypse was too much for me to pass up. Hopefully somebody will do the concept justice without resorting to cheap gags at some point, as it stands I started reading it and then resorted to groaning and skimming the further in I got, the more the terrible exaggerated humour piled up. I started to hate myself f ...more
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
Jun 19, 2014 Steve rated it liked it
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.

“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
Caleb Abel
Mar 20, 2014 Caleb Abel rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, mike-bc
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
Oct 28, 2013 Ashima rated it it was amazing
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
Recensione anche sul mio blog:

“Internet Apocalypse” è la traduzione italiana di “Note from the Internet Apocalypse” di Wayne Gladstone primo volume di una triologia distopica, post apocalittica nata come una serie di appunti su Cracked, e poi diventato un libro intero edito da Thomas Dunne Books e giunto da noi grazie a Edizioni, una piccola casa editrice, che sta traducendo delle vere chicche. Un libro che è arrivato al momento giusto e che
Paul Policarp
Jul 06, 2015 Paul Policarp rated it it was amazing
Notes from the Internet Apocalypse is a bit of an odd one. To try to classify it would mean to call it a Comedy Sci-Fi Mystery Psychological Epic Thriller or something among those lines. It manages to be all these things and transition between them seamlessly, while somehow managing not to forget how to be fun.

Some have criticized it for having a character narrator which is also a fictionalized version of the author, but the character is so deeply flawed that it's as far removed from narcissism
Jul 08, 2014 Susana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
Dec 15, 2013 Shane rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Kenya (BookedUpBoss)
Feb 02, 2016 Kenya (BookedUpBoss) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
I liked this book more than a self- respecting 30 something year old should have, according to the messages I'm getting from the other reviews on Goodreads. It's true that the story's satire of the internet- bound isn't anything "new" but why would we expect it to be? The messages in this story aren't revolutionary, but they are worth considering. Again. You've undoubtedly considered them before.

The fictionalized Gladstone is trying to figure out how to navigate with humanity again after the lo
Dec 18, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
I wasn't expecting this book, based on the title and description, to be a touching and thoughtful look at the human experience. The book is satire. It is full of internet jokes and porn references. But there is so much more than that. Perhaps it is my own experience of loss and depression that influence me to give the book such a high rating. But any book that makes me laugh and cry and ponder throughout deserves my attention.
Apr 20, 2014 Kristina rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
Don't bother - this pile of worthless drivel is condescending to the extreme. It reads like the reddit comment history of a college freshman who's utterly convinced of his moral and intellectual superiority and won't hesitate to let you know just what a mindless sheeple you are for liking anything he deems ~unworthy~. I only made it to chapter 2 before giving up entirely with the fear that I'd roll my eyes so hard I'd detach a retina.
Apr 24, 2014 Pghbekka rated it really liked it
The cover blurb said if I liked Chuck Palahniuk and David Wong, I would love this book.

I hate both of those authors, but this book seemed promising enough to pick up, and I'm glad I did.

The ending was the reason those other authors were cited, and I'll admit that part let me down a little. But there were so many "Ah! I love that!" or "Hah! So true!" moments in the book that I loved it anyway.
Olga Hebert
Dec 20, 2015 Olga Hebert rated it really liked it
If we are not actually addicted, we are so used to having everything the internet has to offer at our fingertips, that it is really not difficult to imagine the chaos that might ensue were it to disappear. This book did not make me laugh out loud; it made me chuckle in a most sobering kind of way. I was entertained and I never even saw the ending coming. This book was a treat.
Sep 04, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 01, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this. If you like and that brand of humor you will probably be into this book. It was really funny while still having intelligent and astute observations on the world. Also I didn't expect the end so that's always a plus.
Dec 20, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
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!
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“Don’t you realize the Internet is just a way for millions of sad people to be completely alone together?” 7 likes
“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.” 6 likes
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