Another pickup off the New Books shelf at the library - With my interest in post-apocalyptic fiction, I thought I'd see how Dartnell approaches how weAnother pickup off the New Books shelf at the library - With my interest in post-apocalyptic fiction, I thought I'd see how Dartnell approaches how we might pick up the pieces after a worldwide catastrophe. After addressing several common scenarios (meteorite, nuclear war, global warming) - he chooses the deadly epidemic scenario. He then proceeds to walk the reader thru how to rebuild society, starting with the necessities of food and shelter. He touches on quite a bit of history, and science in this realistic look at how we got to where we are now and how we might return to a similar lifestyle after an apocalypse.
While he refers repeatedly to this work being a "quick-start guide", it's more an overview than a step by step manual; a thought experiment versus a how to. Nonetheless, I quite enjoyed his well-researched exploration of humanity's trip towards technology and found his insights into what steps we might skip over next time quite intriguing. ...more
While this novel is as well-written as the first two in the trilogy, it just didn't quite grab me in the same way.
Maybe there was too much going on &While this novel is as well-written as the first two in the trilogy, it just didn't quite grab me in the same way.
Maybe there was too much going on & too many threads to wrap up from the first two novels. Not surprisingly, it was pretty bleak (duh - worldwide annihilation in about a week!) - I prefer at least a glimpse of hope in my apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic fiction. I did like the scenes set in the Amish community (if not how Hank got there in the first place).
I can see re-reading The Last Policeman, but am not sure I'll return to the other two novels - tho they were worth reading once....more
I'm currently captivated by the audiobook of this novel, which I checked out from the library after seeing C.S.'s 5 star review.
Carolyn McCormick (whI'm currently captivated by the audiobook of this novel, which I checked out from the library after seeing C.S.'s 5 star review.
Carolyn McCormick (who also narrated The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset trilogy) is striking just the right tone with the protagonist, a rather unreliable narrator herself.
I'm loving the whole un-real feel of the story so far ... The protagonist is part of the 12th expedition into Area X, a no-mans-land abandoned some 30 years previously for an officially undisclosed reason; previous expeditions weren't necessarily successful.
She and her compatriots (no names, just roles- she is the Biologist) have discovered a feature not on their maps... a tunnel (no, a Tower) that leads underground. We learn the story, as well as the Biologist's background bit by bit... and the tension is building nicely. I'm glad I didn't know/remember a lot about the story before I started - most everything has been a surprise so far....more
Another seasonally thematic read - I picked up this YA vampire novel from the local library after reading about it last month in Amazon's Sep 4 OmnivoAnother seasonally thematic read - I picked up this YA vampire novel from the local library after reading about it last month in Amazon's Sep 4 Omnivoracious blog.
I'm no fangbanger, in fact, I tend to get a bit ::rolleyes:: regarding the modern/YA take on vampires. Nevertheless, the worldbuilding in this novel intrigued me - not only the Coldtowns where vampires and the infected (along with starstruck wannabes) are quarantined, but the fact that once bitten, you aren't necessarily doomed. If the infected can be kept from consuming human blood for 88 days, they are safe. They can consume regular food (and, oddly enough, vampire blood) during this time However, their overwhelming craving usually overcomes the best intentions of family and friends.
Tana was an occasionally infuriating protagonist - making stupid, teenage decisions, for example, but still projected a strong, indomitable spirit. Gavriel had an intriguing backstory, and I can totally see how younger readers would swoon over him. I can also see something like the Eternal Ball and the Coldtowns overall becoming an internet media hit, with live feeds and umpteen bloggers discussing the "Cold" lifestyle.
I enjoyed the novel for what it was - while I probably won't be returning to it specifically, I may see what other Holly Black novels are available thru the library. ...more
I finally got around to reading this SF classic, courtesy of the Kindle Daily Deal back in February.
A very bleak novel that I guess is more dystopianI finally got around to reading this SF classic, courtesy of the Kindle Daily Deal back in February.
A very bleak novel that I guess is more dystopian than post-apocalyptic, as there wasn't a specific disaster, just a population explosion. Is it just me, or does the story play a secondary role to the world-building and philosophical points Harrison was trying to make? In that respect, it felt a lot like a Heinlein novel, but without quite as engaging a story. It also felt dated, but I can't quite put my finger on how at the moment.
I agree with my GoodReads friends that the ending was anti-climactic, and (tho I don't know if I've ever seen the entire film) has very little to do with Soylent Green, the film supposedly based on the novel. Recommended as a freebie/library read, for its role in SF history, but I doubt I'll return to it anytime soon. ...more
I picked this up on Kindle in March after getting a few reccos (SDMB:Zjastika & sinjin). I was expecting the premise [the sole survivors of planetI picked this up on Kindle in March after getting a few reccos (SDMB:Zjastika & sinjin). I was expecting the premise [the sole survivors of planet-wide catastrophes being brought together in therapy sessions] to be played a bit for laughs, but Hardy treated it pretty straight, with the survivors exhibiting varied PTSD symptoms and the therapist (herself a survivor) struggling to address their needs while dealing with her own personal issues.
The world building (both the central Hub and each characters' home dimension/world) is well done, and the characters have depth to them. I wasn't as impressed with the overarching story, preferring the character's stories - Olivia (a doctor who faced a zombie apocalypse) and Pew (victim of genocide) in particular intrigued me. Hardy has done his homework in terms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and some of the scenarios seem to (uncomfortably) reflect dark episodes in human history.
I would recommend it to anyone interested in apocalyptic scenarios and the emotional and psychological fallout of such. ...more
Read this very powerful novel over the past week. It's post-apocalytic magical realism set in war-torn northwest Africa; the title character (OnyesonwRead this very powerful novel over the past week. It's post-apocalytic magical realism set in war-torn northwest Africa; the title character (Onyesonwu) is a mixed-race child born of rape and destined for greatness. The novel follows her life as she learns of her magical powers and heritage. The horrors of genocide loom large as she and a small group of friends strike out across the desert to try to defeat a great sorceror who is forming an army to finally conquer her people.
It's a difficult read in some respects: rape, female genital mutilation and other horrors are described in detail, but not gratuitously so. The characters are richly written, the plot entrancing and heartbreaking, and the writing lyrical. It was a fascinating look into a cultural foreign to me, thru the lens of of a genre very familiar (science fiction/post apocalyptic fiction). It seems a bit odd to say I enjoyed a novel with so much violence and despair, but it did move me. ...more