Category Archives: Apocalypse & dystopia

Dissension (Echo Hunter 367) by Stacey Berg

Read January 2017 Recommended for fans of kick-ass women  ★     ★     ★     ★    1/2 It is not always easy to say why some books spark our interest, is it? In retrospect, I’m not actually clear on why I added … Continue reading

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California by Edan Lepucki

Read October 2016 Recommended for fans of horror/thriller  ★     ★     If the world’s second-most annoying couple lives in the woods, will we care? Probably not.   Despite great potential, California is a mess of a navel-gazing couple looking for … Continue reading

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Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams

Read August 2016 Recommended for fans of the end of civilization, without zombies  ★     ★     ★      I can hardly believe I’m saying this, but I think I prefer apocalypse stories with zombies. I’ve enjoyed Joseph Adams’ edited collections before … Continue reading

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Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Read March 2016 Recommended for apocalypse fans, historians  ★     ★     ★    ★   Alas, Babylon was one of the more perplexing literary experiences I’ve had this year. Written by Pat Frank, it’s the story of Randy … Continue reading

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Positive by David Wellington. Not so much.

Read September 2015 Recommended for fans of YA and zombies. And flat story-telling  ★    ★    See Finn and his parents. See Finn leave New York. See Finn fight off a scary woman. See Finn meet a man traveling with … Continue reading

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The End is Nigh, edited by Adams and Howey

Read August 2015 Recommended for fans of the apocalypse, short stories  ★    ★    ★    1/2   Oh apocalypse, how you fascinate us. There’s probably been doomsayers since the beginning of time, but it seems like you’ve really come … Continue reading

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The Artful by Wilbert Stanton. Not really.

Read July 2015 Recommended for tolerant fans of young adult dystopias who want to read a movie script  ★    1/2 Truthfully, I can only blame myself. With a well-known addiction to the apocalypse (but a choosy one), a kindle … Continue reading

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The End Has Come. Or more precisely, A New Beginning.

Read July 2015 Recommended for fans of a new world  ★    ★    ★    ★ Let’s be clear: the title “The End Has Come” implies that the stories center upon the events as the apocalypse is upon us. Little … Continue reading

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Zombie, Ohio by Scott Kenemore

 May 2015 Recommended for fans of untraditional zombie books  ★    ★    1/2        An interesting take on the traditional zombie. No, really. It is sort of the zombie equivalent of “The Universe Doesn’t Give a Fuck About You,” a treatise … Continue reading

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Finished April 2015 Recommended for fans of the apocalypse, celebrity-gazing  ★    ★    ★    ★    1/2  “One of the great scientific questions of Galileo’s time was whether the Milky Way was made up of individual stars. Impossible to imagine this … Continue reading

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