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What are your favorite Apocolyptic Books?

I already know of some good ones out there, like "The Stand" and "The Road". I'm specifically looking for something realistic without fantasy elements (like in The Stand), and a story about the hardships of the slow downfall of society. "The Road" kind of takes place after something like that happens. I'm wondering if there is a good book out there about what would happen in the U.S. if we lost a precious resource, like electricity, and what survival would be like day to day after that as things grew progressivly worse. Depressing huh? Too bad I'm not much of a writer or I'd write it myself.
The best example I can think of would be a story similar to the show "Jericho". That was such an awesome show.

Thanks. I welcome any suggestions you have :smileywink:

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Re: What are your favorite Apocolyptic Books?

Alas, Babylon  

The Passage  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi PRT - Good question - I have 2 choices that are very different. #1 is Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. It is a favorite of mine since I was in high school (the day after Edison invented the light bulb ! LOL) It's set in the 1960s during the cold war - I think I re-read it every year or so - great story and characters. #2 is a book that came out last year - The Passage by Justin Cronin - not an "easy" read but thought provoking none-the-less. Happy Reading...

 

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Re: What are your favorite Apocolyptic Books?

Alas, Babylon  

The Passage  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi PRT - Good question - I have 2 choices that are very different. #1 is Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. It is a favorite of mine since I was in high school (the day after Edison invented the light bulb ! LOL) It's set in the 1960s during the cold war - I think I re-read it every year or so - great story and characters. #2 is a book that came out last year - The Passage by Justin Cronin - not an "easy" read but thought provoking none-the-less. Happy Reading...

 

Anne


Thanks Anne for recommending them! They both sound very interesting!

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Re: What are your favorite Apocolyptic Books?


PRT wrote:

I already know of some good ones out there, like "The Stand" and "The Road". I'm specifically looking for something realistic without fantasy elements (like in The Stand), and a story about the hardships of the slow downfall of society. "The Road" kind of takes place after something like that happens. I'm wondering if there is a good book out there about what would happen in the U.S. if we lost a precious resource, like electricity, and what survival would be like day to day after that as things grew progressivly worse. Depressing huh? Too bad I'm not much of a writer or I'd write it myself.
The best example I can think of would be a story similar to the show "Jericho". That was such an awesome show.

Thanks. I welcome any suggestions you have :smileywink:


Hi PRT, the suggestions given by Anne are good ones although I haven't read the first one and while The Passage is in my one of the best novels it doesn't deal with the loss of a resource. You might want to try SM Stirling's Dies the Fire trilogy here is a link to his website. I hope you find what you're looking for. You might also hop over to Paranormal and Urban Fantasy as Paul GoatAllen is very prolific in his knowledge on this ver subject and ask your question over there.

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Re: What are your favorite Apocolyptic Books?

Wow. Thanks for the great ideas everybody. I'm definately going to put "Alas Babylon" and "The Passage" on my must read list. I think the "Dies the Fire" series looks like it's EXACTLY the thing I'm looking for. I've also heard that "The Machine Stops" is excellent.