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#1 MystikFollower
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I've just recently started rereading the epic Swan Song, which is one of the greatest books I've ever read, and I've decided that my favorite genre of any kind of storytelling seems to be the post-apocalyptic genre. Recommend me some good books with that setting since the only two I own and have read so far is Swan Song and The Stand..

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X-Men - Age of Apocolypse yea I know...its comic books
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#3 Neon-Tiger
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The Road. Read it, avoid the film.
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X-Men - Age of Apocolypse yea I know...its comic booksAnti-Venom

I've actually recently gotten into comics for the first time so that's perfectly alright. X Men is awesome so I'll definitely look into that. :D

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#5 gamedude2020
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world war z

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#6 Islandbeats
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world war z

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metro 2033. I need to find this book badly.

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[QUOTE="gamedude2020"]

world war z

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^This and "The Stand"

I've read the Stand, but is World War Z a Zombie book? If so, I'll definitely get that since I've wanted to read some of the Zombie books I've seen at Barnes and Noble.

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[QUOTE="MystikFollower"]

[QUOTE="Islandbeats"][QUOTE="gamedude2020"]

world war z

^This and "The Stand"

I've read the Stand, but is World War Z a Zombie book? If so, I'll definitely get that since I've wanted to read some of the Zombie books I've seen at Barnes and Noble.

Best Zombie book ever written in my opinion.
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Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse . It is a collection of short stories from various authors.
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The Road. Read it, avoid the film.Neon-Tiger
I actually liked the movie.
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#12 DEVILinIRON
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Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse . It is a collection of short stories from various authors.dave123321
Sounds interesting. I'm going to go with I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison. Also by him, A Boy and His Dog.
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The Road. Read it, avoid the film.Neon-Tiger
I've read half way and couldn't bare it anymore and watched the film to know the rest of the story, the book and the movie is damn boring imo.

Gonna give World war Z a try, and Metro 2033 looks interesting too.

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The Road. Read it, avoid the film.Neon-Tiger
The Road was a fine film.
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[QUOTE="Neon-Tiger"]The Road. Read it, avoid the film.OBLOK

I've read half way and couldn't bare it anymore and watched the film to know the rest of the story, the book and the movie is damn boring imo.

Gonna give World war Z a try, and Metro 2033 looks interesting too.

I'll check out The Road to but honestly it doesn't look like a story that'll hold my interest, but maybe it's cause I'm used to post apocalyptic stories being suspenseful, scary, and action filled.

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The don't get any better than "The Stand."
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[QUOTE="OBLOK"]

[QUOTE="Neon-Tiger"]The Road. Read it, avoid the film.MystikFollower

I've read half way and couldn't bare it anymore and watched the film to know the rest of the story, the book and the movie is damn boring imo.

Gonna give World war Z a try, and Metro 2033 looks interesting too.

I'll check out The Road to but honestly it doesn't look like a story that'll hold my interest, but maybe it's cause I'm used to post apocalyptic stories being suspenseful, scary, and action filled.

It has some suspense, a few disturbing moments, but it has practically zero action. The book just dragged on, "walking down the road, everything gray, skies turns dark ok lets camp" i'm probably exagerating but daaaamn, way to much walking and camping going on..

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Oryx & Crake. Amazing and insightful book.
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Oryx & Crake. Amazing and insightful book.LightR

I endorse this message. Probably my favorite book. If you like it, also try its kind-of sequel, Year of the Flood.

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world war z was really good, also consider Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry, Cell by Stephen King, Germ by Robert Liparulo. finally i would say The Rising, City of the Dead and Dead Sea all by Brian Keene. Brian Keenes books are a little twisted and odd, but i personally enjoyed them all. some would disagree, butsince i'm reallyinto zmbi's i thought they were pretty good.

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[QUOTE="LightR"]Oryx & Crake. Amazing and insightful book._BlueDuck_

I endorse this message. Probably my favorite book. If you like it, also try its kind-of sequel, Year of the Flood.

Yeah I still need to read Year of the Flood. Oryx & Crake left me craving more of it by the end, does Year of the Flood start off from where the first book ended?
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Read "The Road" Epic book.
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Read I Am Legend. Epic book, beginning to the end.

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#24 _BlueDuck_
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[QUOTE="_BlueDuck_"]

[QUOTE="LightR"]Oryx & Crake. Amazing and insightful book.LightR

I endorse this message. Probably my favorite book. If you like it, also try its kind-of sequel, Year of the Flood.

Yeah I still need to read Year of the Flood. Oryx & Crake left me craving more of it by the end, does Year of the Flood start off from where the first book ended?

Its told from a few different perspectives (new characters), at different times from before and after the disaster as well as after the end of the first book. All the stories tie into each other as well the original book by the end nicely. That's why I wouldn't call it a straight up sequel as most of it is the same events from someone else's view.

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i am gonna need to go out and get 'The Road'. hope it's a good read. i'm currently reading Pride, Predjudice and Zombies, and it's not all that appealing. i knew what i was getting into when i picked it up, but i just can't get attached to the characters. anyone else read this and the prequel Dawn of the Dreadfuls?

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Read I Am Legend. Epic book, beginning to the end.

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Hopefully I don't lose whatever respect some of you had left for me, but I have to say I enjoyed this novel a great deal regardless of it not being comparable to some of his other work.

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Hopefully I don't lose whatever respect some of you had left for me, but I have to say I enjoyed this novel a great deal regardless of it not being comparable to some of his other work.

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i thought the same when i posted this book. i thought it was pretty darn good, and King tried to go about the whole zmbi_survivalidea in a new way. i didn't care for the ending, but that's just Stephen King for ya:P

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Cell by Stephen King
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[QUOTE="MystikFollower"]

[QUOTE="OBLOK"]I've read half way and couldn't bare it anymore and watched the film to know the rest of the story, the book and the movie is damn boring imo.

Gonna give World war Z a try, and Metro 2033 looks interesting too.

OBLOK

I'll check out The Road to but honestly it doesn't look like a story that'll hold my interest, but maybe it's cause I'm used to post apocalyptic stories being suspenseful, scary, and action filled.

It has some suspense, a few disturbing moments, but it has practically zero action. The book just dragged on, "walking down the road, everything gray, skies turns dark ok lets camp" i'm probably exagerating but daaaamn, way to much walking and camping going on..

See, it kind of just sounds like post apocalyptic LotR, where all they do is walk. The book I'm currently reading that is set after a nuclear holocaust, has survivors who are walking as well, but it's also filled with marauding armies fighting over what's left across the battered wasteland, hordes of mutated wolves, and the Man with the Scarlett Eye who's hunting the survivors (who makes "The Stand's" Randall Flagg look like Jesus).

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  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
  • On the Beach by Nevil Shute
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I Am Legend. Quite possibly the best ending to any book ever.

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#33 MystikFollower
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I Am Legend. Quite possibly the best ending to any book ever.

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Without spoiling it for me or anyone else was it like the movie??

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[QUOTE="OBLOK"]

[QUOTE="MystikFollower"]

I'll check out The Road to but honestly it doesn't look like a story that'll hold my interest, but maybe it's cause I'm used to post apocalyptic stories being suspenseful, scary, and action filled.

MystikFollower

It has some suspense, a few disturbing moments, but it has practically zero action. The book just dragged on, "walking down the road, everything gray, skies turns dark ok lets camp" i'm probably exagerating but daaaamn, way to much walking and camping going on..

See, it kind of just sounds like post apocalyptic LotR, where all they do is walk. The book I'm currently reading that is set after a nuclear holocaust, has survivors who are walking as well, but it's also filled with marauding armies fighting over what's left across the battered wasteland, hordes of mutated wolves, and the Man with the Scarlett Eye who's hunting the survivors (who makes "The Stand's" Randall Flagg look like Jesus).

IMO, this reveiw is spot on http://sucktackular.com/2009/03/16/the-road-by-cormac-mccarthy/

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The Road is outstanding.

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The don't get any better than "The Stand."Travo_basic
I agree with this wholeheartedly - an amazing book.
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#37 jalexbrown
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I Am Legend. Quite possibly the best ending to any book ever.

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This was my other recommendation. Richard Matheson is a great writer, and I Am Legend is probably one of his best books.
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[QUOTE="MetroidPrimePwn"]

I Am Legend. Quite possibly the best ending to any book ever.

MystikFollower

Without spoiling it for me or anyone else was it like the movie??

The ending?

No, not at all, because it was good.

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X-Men - Age of Apocolypse yea I know...its comic booksAnti-Venom

I read that comic when I was younger and it was actually a really good one, builds up to a great epic ending so nice suggestion. The Dark Tower books are good too and take place in a post apocalyptic world.

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Hopefully I don't lose whatever respect some of you had left for me, but I have to say I enjoyed this novel a great deal regardless of it not being comparable to some of his other work.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Cell. It was very concise and to the point with very little dicking around. But it's nowhere near as recommendable as The Stand.

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Hopefully I don't lose whatever respect some of you had left for me, but I have to say I enjoyed this novel a great deal regardless of it not being comparable to some of his other work.
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That's one of my favourites by SK. Extremely good.

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#42 legend26
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World War z

The Road

The walking dead series

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The Road. Read it, avoid the film.Neon-Tiger

They're pretty much one and the same, considering that there is virtually no difference at all between the two.

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[QUOTE="Neon-Tiger"]The Road. Read it, avoid the film.OBLOK

I've read half way and couldn't bare it anymore and watched the film to know the rest of the story, the book and the movie is damn boring imo.

Gonna give World war Z a try, and Metro 2033 looks interesting too.

I didn't mind the story at all. My main gripe with the book was the writing end of it. To be quite honest, it's as though he simply wrote whatever came to mind, paying no attention at all to grammar or editing, and saw if he could publish it as is. If he weren't a published author, I doubt that this book would have ever saw the light of day. I know many say that the strong part of the book is it's simplistic prose, but the writing simply lacks thought. The dialog between the Father and Son is too minimal and thin.

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[QUOTE="OBLOK"]

[QUOTE="Neon-Tiger"]The Road. Read it, avoid the film.TheAbbeFaria

I've read half way and couldn't bare it anymore and watched the film to know the rest of the story, the book and the movie is damn boring imo.

Gonna give World war Z a try, and Metro 2033 looks interesting too.

I didn't mind the story at all. My main gripe with the book was the writing end of it. To be quite honest, it's as though he simply wrote whatever came to mind, paying no attention at all to grammar or editing, and saw if he could publish it as is. If he weren't a published author, I doubt that this book would have ever saw the light of day. I know many say that the strong part of the book is it's simplistic prose, but the writing simply lacks thought. The dialog between the Father and Son is too minimal and thin.

To suggest that McCarthy's writing is poorly thought out strikes me as a bit uncouth. After all, this is the same author who wrote No Country For Old Men and All The Pretty Horses. In The Road, the time and place in which he writes about is practically barren. It's only fitting that the style in which he writes about such a time and place should pursue a minimalist perspective.

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[QUOTE="TheAbbeFaria"]

[QUOTE="OBLOK"]I've read half way and couldn't bare it anymore and watched the film to know the rest of the story, the book and the movie is damn boring imo.

Gonna give World war Z a try, and Metro 2033 looks interesting too.

DEVILinIRON

I didn't mind the story at all. My main gripe with the book was the writing end of it. To be quite honest, it's as though he simply wrote whatever came to mind, paying no attention at all to grammar or editing, and saw if he could publish it as is. If he weren't a published author, I doubt that this book would have ever saw the light of day. I know many say that the strong part of the book is it's simplistic prose, but the writing simply lacks thought. The dialog between the Father and Son is too minimal and thin.

To suggest that McCarthy's writing is poorly thought out strikes me as a bit uncouth. After all, this is the same author who wrote No Country For Old Men and All The Pretty Horses. In The Road, the time and place in which he writes about is practically barren. It's only fitting that the style in which he writes about such a time and place should pursue a minimalist perspective.

McCarthy's writing in the Road is very poor as far as I'm concerned, but I can't say the same for the rest of his works, since I haven't read any of them yet. However, the style of writing in the Road isn't the same style employed in his other books either. Furthermore, I think his particular use of minimalism lacks thought, and it seems as though he is just writing whatever comes to mind. It's my suspicion that his prestige as a writer over-shadowed this book's lack of quality writing because I don't think any other writer would have been able to get a book like this published.

I mean just look at these lines on page 182

"Do you think there are ships out there"?

"I don't think so"

"They wouldn't be able to see very far"

"No. They wouldn't."

I can see how the author may want to create a sense of emptiness in the writing to reflect the emptiness of the world, but this just lacks character and voice. It lacks thought.

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[QUOTE="DEVILinIRON"]

[QUOTE="TheAbbeFaria"]

I didn't mind the story at all. My main gripe with the book was the writing end of it. To be quite honest, it's as though he simply wrote whatever came to mind, paying no attention at all to grammar or editing, and saw if he could publish it as is. If he weren't a published author, I doubt that this book would have ever saw the light of day. I know many say that the strong part of the book is it's simplistic prose, but the writing simply lacks thought. The dialog between the Father and Son is too minimal and thin.

TheAbbeFaria

To suggest that McCarthy's writing is poorly thought out strikes me as a bit uncouth. After all, this is the same author who wrote No Country For Old Men and All The Pretty Horses. In The Road, the time and place in which he writes about is practically barren. It's only fitting that the style in which he writes about such a time and place should pursue a minimalist perspective.

McCarthy's writing in the Road is very poor as far as I'm concerned, but I can't say the same for the rest of his works, since I haven't read any of them yet. However, the style of writing in the Road isn't the same style employed in his other books either. Furthermore, I think his particular use of minimalism lacks thought, and it seems as though he is just writing whatever comes to mind. It's my suspicion that his prestige as a writer over-shadowed this book's lack of quality writing because I don't think any other writer would have been able to get a book like this published.

I mean just look at these lines on page 182

"Do you think there are ships out there"?

"I don't think so"

"They wouldn't be able to see very far"

"No. They wouldn't."

I can see how the author may want to create a sense of emptiness in the writing to reflect the emptiness of the world, but this just lacks character and voice. It lacks thought.

Er. What would have made more sense in your opinion regarding this dialogue? What more do you want? I just don't get your stance on this at all. The dialogue is minimal to illustrate the loss of hope in the main character. The main character practically has no voice because of all the loss he has experienced. Instead most of the dialogue is usually initiated by the son. The son has experienced less tragedy and is naive. So you would have preferred a more thoughtful main character, is that it? But then that would have changed the entire tone of the story, don't you think? Sometimes there are no words to express how one is feeling. One just is. That was the main character in my eyes. Also I think McCarthy's style IS the same. It's just a a little bit more minimalist in this book compared to the others.
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[QUOTE="TheAbbeFaria"]

[QUOTE="DEVILinIRON"]To suggest that McCarthy's writing is poorly thought out strikes me as a bit uncouth. After all, this is the same author who wrote No Country For Old Men and All The Pretty Horses. In The Road, the time and place in which he writes about is practically barren. It's only fitting that the style in which he writes about such a time and place should pursue a minimalist perspective.

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McCarthy's writing in the Road is very poor as far as I'm concerned, but I can't say the same for the rest of his works, since I haven't read any of them yet. However, the style of writing in the Road isn't the same style employed in his other books either. Furthermore, I think his particular use of minimalism lacks thought, and it seems as though he is just writing whatever comes to mind. It's my suspicion that his prestige as a writer over-shadowed this book's lack of quality writing because I don't think any other writer would have been able to get a book like this published.

I mean just look at these lines on page 182

"Do you think there are ships out there"?

"I don't think so"

"They wouldn't be able to see very far"

"No. They wouldn't."

I can see how the author may want to create a sense of emptiness in the writing to reflect the emptiness of the world, but this just lacks character and voice. It lacks thought.

Er. What would have made more sense in your opinion regarding this dialogue? What more do you want? I just don't get your stance on this at all. The dialogue is minimal to illustrate the loss of hope in the main character. The main character practically has no voice because of all the loss he has experienced. Instead most of the dialogue is usually initiated by the son. The son has experienced less tragedy and is naive. So you would have preferred a more thoughtful main character, is that it? But then that would have changed the entire tone of the story, don't you think? Sometimes there are no words to express how one is feeling. One just is. That was the main character in my eyes. Also I think McCarthy's style IS the same. It's just a a little bit more minimalist in this book compared to the others.

My stance isn't all that complicated. Simply put, there isn't much to the dialog, which is quite evident in the few lines I provided, and the writing lacks depth, which is also portrayed in the dialog. I have no problem with minimalist writing, but I just don't think he did a very good job with it. Many lines of writing are simply amateurish, in that diction and syntax are what I would expect from an unknown, not a successful, published author. Also, I've heard much about the uniqueness of his writing in the Road, such that it is very different compared to his style in his other books. I haven't read his other books, but that's what I've heard.

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[QUOTE="Travo_basic"]The don't get any better than "The Stand."jalexbrown
I agree with this wholeheartedly - an amazing book.

If you guys love The Stand, then definitely read Swan Song. Very similar in theme and both are sweeping epics, but Swan Song was so much scarier, sadistic, heartbreaking, and more beautiful than The Stand. America, and the rest of the world, literally get blown to hell, and it follows three different sets of main characters as they struggle to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. It's almost 1000 pages, but the action and great storytelling is so nonstop, that you'll likely fly through it within a few days.

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[size=11]The Stand - Stephen King. [/size]