Post-Apocalyptic books

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by TamaNeko, Apr 8, 2003.

  1. Ohaimerk

    Ohaimerk modoc, den, grave Orderite

    Mar 30, 2009
    Might try Battlefield Earth, I got a fallouty vibe when reading it. Maybe even The Postman too
     
  2. Baba Jaga

    Baba Jaga First time out of the vault

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    Sep 17, 2009
    I'm keen on "Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After The Bomb" by Philip K. Dick.
     
  3. Sorrow

    Sorrow So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Feb 9, 2006
    It's a pretty good book :D .
     
  4. dukeofzill

    dukeofzill First time out of the vault

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    Aug 23, 2009
    Short story by P.K. Dick called 'the Great C' is a very fallout-like story. The short story was expanded on in the novel 'Deus Irae', although I didn't read much of that book.
    Another book that has some fallout themes is 'Not this August' by C.M. Kornbluth. It isn't post apoc at all, although it too has a fallout feel, relating to a part of the 'van buren' cancelled game. I won't say any more, so as not to spoil it for anyone wanting to read it.
     
  5. Sorrow

    Sorrow So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Feb 9, 2006
    IMO Deus Irae and the short story it was based on is closer to Wasteland than to Fallout.
     
  6. Bunny

    Bunny It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 15, 2003
    reading the book "the road"
    its good, movie is coming out soon
     
  7. Verevoof

    Verevoof Cryptid oTO Moderator Orderite

    Jul 12, 2009
    Yes, I'm currently little more than halfway through "The Road," liking it so much that I can't wait to read more.
    About the movie, I believe it has been delayed, so instead of coming out this October, it will be out the weekend of November 26. Somewhere around there.
     
  8. BoisBrule

    BoisBrule First time out of the vault

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    Feb 28, 2007
    A Canticle for Leibowitz
    A World Made By Hand
    Lucifer's Hammer
     
  9. Kerr-Plomb

    Kerr-Plomb It Wandered In From the Wastes

    114
    Jan 1, 2009
    Can only recommend it as well, just read it some weeks ago, to sad it was over so quickly. :(

    But the really strange characters in this book could really come from fallout, a great read.
     
  10. Herr Mike

    Herr Mike Look, Ma! Two Heads!

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    Jul 28, 2008
    The Road was an incredible book, I read it in two sittings. I haven't seen the movie, I'm not sure I want to.

    I would like it if Fallout were a little more like it.
     
  11. sydney_roo

    sydney_roo Still Mildly Glowing

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    Nov 24, 2008
    I just read The Road and I must say the book is outstanding in every way. It's not straightforward or easy to read. It's really touching but also very depressing at times. If you like Faulkner or Hemingway combined with American culture, I think you'll enjoy this book.

    Herr Mike, I can tell you know you do want to see the movie. You won't be disappointed
     
  12. Kerr-Plomb

    Kerr-Plomb It Wandered In From the Wastes

    114
    Jan 1, 2009
    Anyone already read Metro 2033 yet? I'd like to but sadly there's no kindle version of it as of yet. :(
     
  13. sarsaparilja

    sarsaparilja First time out of the vault

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    Feb 7, 2010
    As I understand, english version will be out in march.

    There are also three books based on Metro 2033 motifs, part of Glukhovsky's project. And Metro 2034 is free to read online... in Russian.
     
  14. WillisPDunlevey

    WillisPDunlevey Mildly Dipped

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    Feb 2, 2010
    I just reread the postman.

    I remembered it as being much better. The overall plot was ok, but I hated how the author made Gordon so obsessed with Nathan Holn. It got really annoying. I also got annoyed with how the woman scouts/dena plotline went.

    I read it years and years ago and remembered it being much better.

    I now have the opinion that the best story is somewhere in between the book and the costner version of it. Both were good for their own reasons, but neither is great on its own.


    WPD
     
  15. Kerr-Plomb

    Kerr-Plomb It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jan 1, 2009
    Today I checked my kindle again for the book and it is now available to preorder coming out on the 18. feb. I could read the german translation, still I'm waiting for the english one even being a german myself, strange, isn't it? :|
     
  16. TailSwallower

    TailSwallower First time out of the vault

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    Feb 9, 2010
    Read through the whole thread and didn't see anybody mention The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard.

    It's post-apocalyptic, but not post-nuclear, dealing with the psychological effects of the apocalypse and isolation on a group of people who are left behind in an abandoned city that is mostly underwater.

    I was reading it over Christmas when we had about 7 days of solid rain, which made the book even more immersive. Can't recommend it enough.
     
  17. SomeBritishDude

    SomeBritishDude First time out of the vault

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    Feb 21, 2010
    FINALLY! I was shocked it took so many posts for this book to be mentioned.

    The Road truly makes you understand how stylized and glorified the majority of post apocalyptic fiction is. Whether it's about surviving the zombie apocalypse or fighting super mutants or being Mel Gibson nearly all of them managed to insert and element of "cool" into a bleak situation.

    Cormac's vision of the end of days is very different. There's no bad ass shoot outs or city's of junk. This is one man and his son trying to survive. Not even that. Trying not to die too soon.

    This book will make you want put a gun in your mouth. But in a good way. It grabs you by the throat and never let's go. Though ever moment is absolute undiluted misery you must keep going.

    The funny thing is though the thick fog of depression makes every tiniest triumph and light in the darkness such a joyest moment that it makes it all worth. Honestly, you have no idea how uplifting finding a can of coke can be.

    Strangely enough the book gives very little information away about anything that's happening in the world other than these two survivors struggle. There a little snippets here and there other things happening but none of it is made clear, which makes the book all the more interesting. We never even know how the world came to be this way (I doubt it was nuclear war though).

    There are also moments that truly make you question what you'd do to survive. Would you help someone on the road when ever moment of life is differcult as it is? If all the animals and plants began to die would you consider cannibalism? Would you kill your loved one so he/she wouldn't suffer? Would you want to live at all?

    It's a very different world from that of Fallout; there's no humor. No heroes. No hope. This is the apocalypse as it would be. Read it, but keep all implements you make be able to harm yourself with locked away when you do.

    EDIT: This is also a strange case where the resent film is possibly as good as the book, as well as very faithful. Both are worth checking out.

    I don't. I fear I'd batter myself to death with the mouse.

    The movie is a very faithful adaption, it's well worth seeing.
     
  18. .Pixote.

    .Pixote. Carbon Dated and Proud
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    Sep 14, 2009
    I read the Road twice (an amazing book), but I found the ending unrealistic and ultimately unsatisfying. Cormac McCarthy has a great way with words, and his vision is often profound, but Blood Meridian (1985) is an equally apocalyptic vision of the world (set in the United States–Mexico borderlands around 1850).
     
  19. SomeBritishDude

    SomeBritishDude First time out of the vault

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    Feb 21, 2010
    Cormac...Isn't great with endings. I personally didn't mind the Roads ending but No Country for Old Men...Uh...
     
  20. Ausdoerrt

    Ausdoerrt I should set a custom tit

    Oct 28, 2008
    Not sure if this was mentioned, but there's Deus Irae by R. Zelazny. Not my fav. book of his, but definitely has a falloutish vibe to it. Excellent description and world-building, but the story is somewhat meh.