Sep 8, 2008

things fall apart

Because I was recently able to pick them up for $1 or less, I'm adding a few apocalypse novels to the list. So fuckin sue me.

They are:
- On the Beach by Nevil Shute
- Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
- A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

So, no big changes. Just wanted to keep it up front.


Olman Feelyus said...

Classics! Of the three, I've only read Alas, Babylon and it rocks. It's realistic and quite well thought out, also entertaining.

downtown guy said...

All three are books I've been told I gotta read, so read them I will. I'm especially looking forward to Alas, Babylon because it's set in Florida.

Anonymous said...

I read about your blog on goodreads, so I came to visit.

I've read Alas, Babylon--it was my first Post-Apocalyptic novel this year. After reading others, I wasn't as impressed with it. Of course, I have to think of it as being more representative of the times in which it was written. It was a little too, um, friendly? Hopeful?

But I just finished A Canticle for Leibowitz, and you can't really get more Post-Apocalyptic with HUGE Dystopian elements that ACfL.

downtown guy said...

Hey, glad you found my blog.

Yeah, I'm really starting to be able to pinpoint certain date-related common elements of the books I'm reading, including which eras were more hopeful and which had us all locked down tight forever by the end. Interesting to look at in the long view.

I've been looking forward to A Canticle for Leibowitz for a while now - I want to read 1984 first, though. Since I just got a copy.