Category Archives: Apocalypse & dystopia

The Trees by Ali Shaw. Or, The Characters.

  Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of green apocalypses ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 Walden meets the apocalypse. Don’t read this book. You will complain that there is no plot, and it’s true, there isn’t much, not really. It’s … Continue reading

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Regeneration by Stacey Berg. Rejuvenating.

Read  July 2017 Recommended for fans of apocalypse settings, interesting women ★    ★    ★    ★    1/2 Regeneration is the second part of an absolutely stunning duology. Read it if you liked Kameron Hurley’s Bel Dame series, and especially read it … Continue reading

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Emergence by David R. Palmer

Read  June 2017 Recommended for classic sci-fi fans ★    ★    ★       Apocalypse? Hugo nominee? An eleven year-old girl? A pet parrot? Friend recommendation? Sign me up!   The first part of the story was published in 1981 as a novella … Continue reading

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Consumed by Jason Brant. Or, Snack-Time Lite.

Read April 2017 Recommended for fans of The Walking Dead ★    ★    ★  I used the lure of this book to drag my bootie to the gym and the reclining bike after the non-stop excitement of book one, Devoured. It … Continue reading

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Devoured by Jason Brant. Or, Snack time!

Read April 2017 Recommended for fans of The Walking Dead ★    ★    ★   ★   Fresh off my Vietnam fictional-autobiography The Things They Carried and Pulitzer Prize winner Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, I really needed to rest … Continue reading

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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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