End of Days
Lydia Lozen Magruder—the great-granddaughter of a female Apache war-shaman—has seen visions of the End since childhood. She has constructed a massive ranch-fortress in the American Southwest, stocked with everything necessary to rebuild civilization.
Now her visions are coming true. John Stone, once a baseball star and now a famous gonzo journalist, stumbled across a pla
I'm a person who always feels compelled to see a book through to the end, regardless of how I'm feeling once I hit page 50; by that benchmark I usually know if I'm going to like it -- or not. I laboriously read my way to that page and knew I was doomed. I forced myself to finish this wordy tome, and words fail me as I try to convey my message to unsuspecting readers who might be tempted to snap this up because of a c ...more
I truly did not know what to expect when I started End of Days two months ago. It had all of the praising statements from famous people that come with a good publisher's advertising dollars. What I did not know was that Tor/Forge was indulging one of their loyal employees by publishing his book.
The book starts off in a chaotic jumble of short scene after short scene. These short scenes served to introduce, then expand on, the stor ...more
That isn't to say End of Days is bad! Far from it. Overall, I found the narrative engaging, the loose plot unique, and the sub-threads interesting. Gleason ...more
I mean, I knew that after the first 100 pages I was in trouble that in the eclectic cast of characters, the only one I could find myself even mildly curious a ...more
By Robert Gleason
There I was, merrily breezing through Robert Gleason’s magnificent end of the world opus, when I flipped a page and encountered—a talking rat?? It threw me for a loop at first, as did the sentient nuclear weapons that were keenly aware of their own history and future. As well as the special significance to humankind of every place they were about to destroy. But gradually, I began to understand what I was actually reading. End of Days is a tragic epic poem, with the w ...more
I pride myself on my ability to finish a book. When that doesn’t happen – when, for whatever reason, I give up on a read, deciding my time is too precious to continue it – I struggle with the idea of penning a review. Is it fair, after all, to the work as a whole to cast some assessment on what I’ve read? While others have told me it isn’t, I tend to believe otherwise, and here’s my reason: if I didn’t find a tome relevant or inter ...more
Robert Gleason's END OF DAYS is a chilling (and thankfully fictitious account) of the cataclysmic end of the world, and the resulting struggle for mankind's survival. It is interesting, shocking, violent, scary and entertaining all at the same time. It does however need more polish before I would categorize it as "good."
The old Soviet Union's nuclear weapons are available for the taking, either on the black market or just by stealing them from the hundreds of u ...more
This is a thick, large size paperback, with small type. I needed real good light to be able to read it easily. The kindle version with adjustable font size would be a great option.
The action takes place all over the globe, an ...more
Waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy too many words. I finally started to speed read through the boring parts....not just one nuclear missile with thoughts but 75 missiles each with their own thoughts as they speed to their targets. Also some rather graphic torture scenes for me. ...more
It seems like a promising premise, especially for those of us who like apocalyptic fiction. Someone's gotten a hold of some fiss ...more
CAUTION! HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!
(view spoiler)[The rats! I could almost acc ...more
Frankly, even for a book about a nuclear apocalypse, it was quite unbelievable. It was going along just fine until I reached the first section told from the point of view of Sailor, a rat. I was able to accept this, but once I reached the middle of the book, the author suddenly presented whol ...more
If this is the next best apocalyptic book to "The Stand," the chasm between no. 1 and this garbage makes the Grand Canyon ...more
Mostly caricatures and stereotypes, e.g. the fabulously successful woman who at eighty something is still riding her horse and running an empire. Obviously, she is part native american because they are so interesting. The only fun part was the fact that the anthropomorphic nukes had performance anxiety because they had been sitting on the shelf for so long.
Do yourself a f ...more
Ok peeps....dont's waste your time. this book was weird...with the talking bombs, rats and planes. I only finished this book because I needed something to read while answering the phones at work. the writing was not bad but it was not a good post-apocolyptic read. The only good chapters were the last 2 or 3. I know they compaired this to "The Stand" but it's not even ...more