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Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh
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Jul 25, 2011

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bookshelves: free-friday, sf-fantasy, read-2011
Read from July 20 to 24, 2011

As a group of friends survives each stage of civilization's crash, they jettison more and more of what they thought was important to them and even who they thought they were, just to live another day.

According to McIntosh, apocalypse will come upon us so slowly, we won't realize what's happening until it is perhaps too late to survive, much like the story of the frog in a pot of cold water with the heat gradually turned up to boiling -- the change is so incremental the frog, who would have jumped out of a pot of hot water, doesn't notice the increasing temperature until it's fatal.

Despite some grim incidents, the story is far less gruesomely harrowing than others in this genre; I found its creeping horror all the more frightening for its lower key, more realistic presentation.

There's a hopeful resolution, fairly arrived at, where this end of the world as we've known may possibly be the beginning stages of a new and maybe even better world. Or not.
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Jolinda Van Sounds interesting. I'll put it on my "to read" list.

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