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Daily Discussion Thread: 02/20/2020 [R]1 month agoINTHEMIDSTOFLIONS posted submission on bodybuilding.
Feb. 20, 2020
Feel free to post things in the Daily Discussion Thread that don't warrant a subreddit-level discussion. Although most of our posting rules will be relaxed here, you should still consider your audience when posting. Most importantly, show respect to your fellow redditors. General redditiquette always applies.
Feb. 21, 2020
Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey - GoT in Space. Written by two folks, one of them a former assistant to George RR Martin.
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Road by Cormac McCarthy, dark ecological syfy dystopia. Amazing book.
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. A scifi book where a spec needs person has a surgery to raise his IQ.
I haven't read this yet, but Invisible Planets is what I asked for my birthday. It looks incredible and I've been wanting to read it for awhile. It's a collection of Chinese scifi short stories, it was $30 and just dropped to $10.00 this week. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson is also one my reading list.
Also, audiobook is a great site for downloading audiobooks if youve got a vpn and a program like Vuze.
What are some must read classics for an aspiring fiction writer? [R]1 month, 1 week agozebulonworkshops posted submission on writing.
Feb. 14, 2020
I’m in my senior year of high school and I’m just now really invested into writing, and I’m in the beginning processes of my first book. I started reading a lot more, and decided to delve through the classics. The fiction I aspire to write is fantasy, but nothing to fantastic.
What are the books that are must reads? Regardless of being fantasy or not. What are must reads for fantasy? Any suggestion is welcome, they don’t have to be classics they can also be just really good books. Thanks
Edit: Thanks a lot for the suggestions! I’ll have a books to read forever!
Feb. 15, 2020
A few fantasy reads that are definitely worth everyone reading would be:
The Earthsea Series by Ursula LeGuin
The Giver by Lois Lowry (YA but it's really good if you haven't read it yet.)
The Dune Series (Just Frank Herbert's original series. Gets a bit crazy, but it's amazing)
The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov (Much shorter than most series, but also drier, more 'hard sci-fi' in its approach. Buuuuut, it's a must read for everyone IMO. It won the Hugo for "Best Series of All Time" in 1966 beating out Tolkien and Heinlein among others)
The Narnia Chronicles by C.S Lewis (Don't read it 'chroniologically', read it in the original order imo. YA but also a classic of the fantasy genre for sure.)
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (A lot of people are suggesting Slaughterhouse Five which is also great, but I preferred Cat's Cradle. Siren's of Titan is a little farther out there perhaps but also amazing.
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander (this is probably best known for the cartoon adaptation of The Black Cauldron, but this series is also really good, if on the YA side.)
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (Not fantasy, but great, well written and hilarious. Everyone should read it.)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (Also not a fantasy, but all writers should read it, and while it's been made into a movie, the book is arguably better despite the movie being considered a classic)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (If you have a strong stomach, Blood Meridian is much better in my mind, but it's awfully dismal and not fantasy at all, whereas The Road at least has the post apocalyptic setting, and is less viscerally dismal, and if you're read just The Road that may not seem possible, but, give it a shot)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Most have already read this, but definitely a classic to read)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Again, most have already read this, so I'll give his other books another line so they don't get lost, but this is a must read if it's slipped by)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien (I mean, of course)
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I've actually not yet gotten to this one but it's super highly recommended... I'll have to get myself a copy here soon. Magical Realism is on the forefront here.)
I'm sure I can think of some more, but that's a good start at least. I highly recommend taking a creative writing workshop at a community college or university as soon as you can, go into it with an open mind ready to improve your stories as your understanding of the writing craft gets better. Consider all suggestions fully, and discard the ones that don't work, but take the ones that do in your own voice. I also recommend reading poetry too, it really helps you tighten your phrasing and write more concisely and meaningfully. A good place to start is Poetry 180.
Best of luck in your reading and writing journey.
This sub saved my life (my reading list) quite some times and right now I need something like Worm [R]5 months agoAgyriac posted submission on Fantasy.
Oct. 23, 2019
Hey r/fantasy! I've read Worm thanks to you guys and now I desesperately need some similar, or at least something with a character arc similar to Skitter's. I don't really care about the format and thanks in advance!
Oct. 23, 2019
Hi OP! Hope that everything's alright with you. I resonated deeply with Worm and Taylor's struggle during a hard period in my life. Here are some stories from that time in my life that I think might be interesting for you:
The Road (novel) - "A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark." Honestly one of the most depressing things I've ever read. The entire time it feels like the father's struggling against impossible odds, and this story doesn't pull its punches at all.
Human Moments in World War III (free short story) - this story is about people drifting from their humanity as they pilot a weaponized space station in orbit. The writing style is very distant, which I think is appropriate for the theme of dissociation vs. brief moments of genuine connection that runs throughout this work.
Chrysalis (free webnovel) - about a human-built AI and its war of vengeance for the burnt-out remains of Earth. The AI's internal struggle in resolving its hurt with its anger and drive for justice is a big part of this story.
Malak (free short story) - another AI story. This one's about an experimental US military drone in the Middle East struggling to figure out its code-imposed morality. A reconstruction of a lot of rationalist tropes that's ultimately hopeful. (Or at least I think so.)
Gonna Reach Out and Grab Ya (short story that's free on Google Books) - a depressed and overworked surgeon finds a corpse from the future. One of those bright-moments-in-a-shitty-life stories.
Dredging Up Memories (novel) - a story about a man trying to find his family in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. Everyone's dead, so he has to deal with his crumbling psyche on his own even as he kills the undead. This one's really beautifully written, and such a poignant illustration of struggling through mental illness.
Any good audiobook novels about SHTF drama? [R]8 months agodave9199 posted submission on preppers.
July 21, 2019
I have a long trip coming and wanted to listen to a good adventure/drama audiobook centered on a SHTF scenario. Not looking for a survival manual, I want entertainment, but I need it to make sense, being a prepper of more than 20 years, nothing puts me off more than obvious tactical mistakes that not even a beginner prepper would do, and that the author created for the sole purpose of forcing a character to get into trouble so there's something to write about.
I though some of you might have gone trough a good few novels that you could recommend.
Thanks in advanced!
Edit : wow! Thank you so much everyone, I have a couple of years worth off reading/listening to do now. I really appreciate everyone's comments.
July 21, 2019
So I read a lot and post-apocalypse is my favorite genre. Ill break it into a few groups
Well-written books that everyone will enjoy.
The Dog Stars is a really great book. Man and dog in post-flu survival. Its beautifully written. very human. It definitely will be enjoyed by preppers and non-preppers alike.
The Road a father and son wandering apocalyptic world. amazing book. will break your heart. bleak look at the world after collapse.
One Second After
Besides instruction manuals what are some books you would suggest that might aid in prepping? [R]10 months, 1 week agodave9199 posted submission on preppers.
May 16, 2019
Besides instruction manuals what are some books you would suggest that might aid in prepping? /u/jayhat mentioned Hot Zone which I will be adding to my list and some others I have learned from are;
Alas Babylon – Pat Frank : Deals with the effects of a Nuclear war on a small town in Florida
Lucifer’s Hammer – Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle : About a comet strike on earth that wreaks havoc on civilization
One Second After & One Year After – William Forstchen : About the effects of an EMP attack
Patriots – James Rawles : Stock market crash->Economic Collapse->Civil War
The War on Cash – Andrew Moran : A study in how some governments, banks and economists perpetuate a cashless society and what that means for us financially
The Bible - Stories of cities under siege, famine etc ; the story of Joseph and the 7 fat years and 7 lean years in the land of Egypt
A lot of the stuff outlined in books about the end of civilization may or may not happen and it’s almost impossible to plan for every eventuality (a trap a lot of preppers fall into). Most of the books I read are written for entertainment but you can find little nuggets of knowledge in their pages, stuff you would not have thought to do otherwise or items you would not have thought you needed in an SHTF scenario. I have been prepping for years and I still need all the help I can get in knowing what to watch for, necessary items(or unnecessary ones) etc. Unless you have unlimited resources you are probably going to miss something, it’s almost inevitable. However, by taking into account both real life stories and the fictional stories written by people who think like us you can close that gaps significantly.
ADULT dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction? [R]1 year, 3 months agobrickenheimer posted submission on suggestmeabook.
Dec. 7, 2018
I’ve read all the young adult ones (Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Divergent, etcetera), and I’m looking for a similar genre geared more towards adults than teenagers.
Favorite TEOTWAWKI fiction [R]1 year, 7 months agocodewolf posted submission on preppers.
Aug. 18, 2018
Ok, kind of similar to my movies/TV post, what books have you read that resonated with you?
For my own part, The Survivalist series by Jerry Ahern did it for me. They set me off on the path of survivalist/prepper from 1988 until now. Jerry is sadly deceased but his wife Sharon is someone I've spoken to on Facebook multiple times. I totally recommend his work if you can find it.
Trump’s Moore endorsement sunk the presidency to unplumbed depths [R]2 years, 3 months agoT_DPsychiatrist posted submission on politics.
Dec. 13, 2017
Dec. 14, 2017
In the worst timeline It looks like "the road"
[Xpost from audiobooks] Looking for an audiobook about living in a post apocalyptic world instead of the apocalypse itself. [R]2 years, 6 months agoSedendoetQuiescendo posted submission on suggestmeabook.
Sept. 8, 2017
I love apocalypse stories but many of them naturally focus on the world ending threat rather than the people who have survived continuing surviving. How do they find food? What happens if they get sick? what do they do about the weather? These are the kind of things that make a story really interesting to me.
Essentially I'm looking for a book similar to the book "Extinction Point" by Paul Antony Jones which focuses on a girl who survives the apocalypse and has to go on living in an empty world. Sure there are more things going on but the main focus of the story is her moving around, getting food, and traveling.
Honorable mentions go to "The Stand" by Stephen King, and "Swan Song" by Robert R. McCammon, which I've already read and enjoyed.
Edit: Updated with the bot's help
Age Range: Young adult or older preferably.
Fiction or Non Fiction: Fiction, the apocalypse hasn't happened after all. But open to supernatural apocalypse as well as nukes in the air style apocalypses.
Narrator/Charactor Gender Preference: N/A
Are you looking for a long read? A short read? A stand alone novel or a series?: Open to anything with a preference for long and stand alone.
Also, incredibly helpful would be to include your Favorite Author, Favorite Audiobook/Book, Favorite Narrator: Favourite author Stephen King. Favourite audiobook The Host by Stephanie Meyers. Favourite Narrator Emily Shaffer.
Dead of Winter+Post-Apocalyptic gift [R]2 years, 9 months agoshamelessIceT posted submission on boardgames.
June 21, 2017
I'm putting together a present for my fiancee, the main present being Dead of Winter: The Long Night. The wrapping is going to mimic the Crossroad (event) card from the game where a supply crate is dropped by the Chinese government.
But, I wanna fill this crate with other gifts in the theme of post-apocalypse. I have an idea for notebooks with the cover being the training manuals from The Last of Us.
Any other ideas, r/boardgames? :)
June 21, 2017
The Road by Cormac McCarthy https://www.amazon.com/Road-Cormac-McCarthy/dp/0307387895
any Fallout merchandise. like this lunchbox https://www.amazon.com/FanWraps-Fallout-Nuka-Cola-Collectible/dp/B01M6D3C1D/ref=sr15?ie=UTF8&qid=1498082853&sr=8-5&keywords=nuka+cola
terminator blu ray
walking dead comic
Books where most of the population have been wiped out? [R]3 years agoowaalkes posted submission on printSF.
March 12, 2017
I've enjoyed the concept of what would happen/what would you do if all or most of the population died suddenly, since a book I read at high school. Still haven't managed to track it down but it has remained a favourite concept. I was wondering what books were out there that covered this kind of story? I've read things like The Stand and Swan song which I loved. And also more recent, End of the world running club, which I hated. Any suggestions?
March 12, 2017
the postman the book, not the movie
the road awesome but depressing
lots from s.m. stirling: emberverse and island light but entertaining, i stopped at number 4 or so ....
earth abides --> personal favorite as it seems plausible. average schmuck wakes from a snakebite induced coma and 99.999% of humans are dead.
search dystopian and as always: avoid young adult
What's your favorite prepper/post-apocalypse novel? [R]3 years, 1 month agojustanothercap posted submission on preppers.
Feb. 13, 2017
Recently had The Stand [ 0307743683 $.50+S/H ] suggested to me (thx /u/skinrust), but I wasn't super-impressed by it the two times I read it. I think I most had issues with Colorado Springs not already having been burnt down, if when they got the power going again, they had to run around and put out fires. Also, pretty dated information (it ain't the 1970s anymore). SK re-wrote it to 'update' it in the 90s (hey, almost 30 years ago!), but that just adds issues, IMHO.
I've also seen a bunch of holes punched in One Second After [ 0765356864 $2+S/H ], which also had plotting issues; ie: MC gets antibiotics for a cut, instead of saving it for a real problem and telling him to suck it up.
Directive 51 [ 0441020410 $.01+S/H ] has some fun stuff, but the premise negates a lot of things that would likely be real until we get to a more nanotech future (we're edging towards this; many many things use nanoscale technology, but we don't have nanotech).
What're your favorite, fictional, novels or stories that have prepping or handling wide-spread emergencies (substantial failure of government, society, etc)?
Summary / compilation of recommended titles (roughly in vote order/no particular order)
- Swan Song
- One Second After [ 0765356864 $2+S/H ]
- My Side of the Mountain
- Tomorrow War
- Day by Day Armageddon
- The Stand [ 0307743683 $.50+S/H ]
- World War Z
- Uprising USA (Series?) [ 1618080156 ]
- The Remaining Series [ 0356503453 ]
- The First Wave Series [ 1508860173 ]
- Pulling Through (1983)
- Out of the Ashes
- The Survivalist series
- Canticle for Lebowitz
- Wool series
- Earth Abides
- The Water Knife
- 299 Days Series
- Children of Men
- The Last Centurion
- The Wake
- The Mountain Man
- GoGo Girls of the Apocalypse
- Roadside Picnic
- Metro 2055
If we're going oldies == goodies, even though (some of) the prep is outdated/unworkable:
- Day of the Triffids
- I Am Legend (none of the movies)
These are post-apoc, but I don't know that they have too many good ideas in them:
- Folk of the Fringe
Most prescient, but not in the post-apoc for very long:
- Single Combat
Nantucket series (ISOT)
Assiti Shards subset: Ring of Fire (ISOTs)
Scifi/Fantasy to prevent technology (leading to a societal collapse):
Directive 51 [ 0441020410 $.01+S/H ]
- 7th Sigma
Hands down my biggest concern for the future of Fallout. [R]3 years, 1 month agoMercenaryOfTroy posted submission on gaming.
Jan. 31, 2017
Jan. 31, 2017
This is from The Road. It is a sub par movie about an AMAZING book that takes place after the apocalypse of a man and his son trying to survive. The book is less than 300 pages with largeish font and is less than $10 on Amazon. You all should read it.
Nightly random discussion - Jan 24, 2017 [R]3 years, 1 month agoaedusxerxes posted submission on Philippines.
Jan. 24, 2017
Unprecedented’: Scientists declare ‘global climate emergency’ after jet stream crosses equator [R]3 years, 8 months agoSilidistani posted submission on worldnews.
June 29, 2016
Unprecedented’: Scientists declare ‘global climate emergency’ after jet stream crosses equator [R]3 years, 8 months agopantsoff posted submission on worldnews.
June 29, 2016
Everyone's talking about the movie, but what if a book were to be made? [R]5 years, 1 month agoJan. 31, 2015
Would it be good? Would you read it? What do you guys think?
Feb. 1, 2015
"The Road" is only one of the major sources of inspiration for the game, though technically Druckmann cites the film adaptation as his source of inspiration.
What is a book that got the most unexpected respons out of you? [Serious] [R]5 years, 5 months agoPicaRuler posted submission on AskReddit.
Oct. 1, 2014
For example: you actually said "Oh my God!" Outloud... maybe even in public.
Oct. 1, 2014
I had a bunch of friends recommend The Road by Cormac McCarthy. They described reading it as an almost religious experience. I had people tell me that it gave them hope for humanity etc. So I kind of approached it with that in mind.
I started it and got hooked, finished it in one sitting, but it was a different kind of fixation for me. It was super depressing; I couldn't clear the mental images out of my head. I kept thinking to myself, "it could really end like this" and I just dwelled on that. I thought about what would become of my family and friends in an end of days situation like the one described in the book. I walked around in a dark stupor for days. My wife and my coworkers kept asking me what was wrong and trying to find out what my problem was. It just fucked me up. Its one of the only books I have ever read that I have simultaneously hated and thought was a good book.
Looking for Dystopian Book(s) [R]5 years, 6 months ago[deleted] posted submission on suggestmeabook.
Sept. 19, 2014
I know my title is pretty vague as many things can be considered Dystopian.
I'm looking more for a book with a specific feel, moreso than being concerned with the genre. Something which deals more with social and philosophical questions, or things which delve more into the human psyche in relation to a dystopian society.
Books that I've previously read which are similar to the feel I'm looking for are:
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Would rather stay away from things such as:
Lord of the Flies (deals with social and philosophical questions but in a closed world rather than a dystopian society)
Animal Farm (not enough focus on individual characters, as it's mainly a political allegory)
I've read The Handmaid's Tale, but I really didn't enjoy it. It's got the right feel for what I'm looking for, I just wasn't a fan of the book itself.
Edit: Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I have a large pool of novels to choose from and I'll likely try to try each of them. :) Thanks again!
The Dog Stars - basically DayZ the Novel. [R]5 years, 6 months ago420_Towelie posted submission on dayz.
Sept. 6, 2014
Great book! Basically about about two KOS'ers camping an airfield after a disease apocalypse. Highly recommended.
Is there a book with a story similar to the video game "The Last of Us"? [R]5 years, 7 months agoChronicRhinitis posted submission on booksuggestions.
Aug. 16, 2014
I'm talking about an apocalypse scene with people fighting each other while fighting a mutual enemy/monster at the same time.
Im 48 and have never read a book....ever. [R]5 years, 7 months agoJuly 30, 2014
July 31, 2014
i would throw cormac mccarthy's name into your selection, too. both "the road" and "no country for old men" are great introductions to his style. If you get a taste for his writing, definitely pick up "blood meridian." it's my favorite work of his. he's got a good sized catalog of 10 books if you get a taste for his style.
I've only ever read the classics, and now I want to have some fun. Can you guys recommend a great Thriller/Suspense/Mystery novel? [R]5 years, 8 months agoJuly 10, 2014
July 11, 2014
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I read it in a single day (into the night) because I couldn't put it down. http://www.amazon.com/The-Road-Cormac-McCarthy/dp/0307387895/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1405051311&sr=8-1&keywords=the+road
It's been awarded many many awards, so you don't just have to take some random redditor's word for its greatness. It's an easy read, too, so even if you don't love it you can get through it and get it over with quickly.
What are some epic dystopian movies for a fresh set of eyes to the genre? [R]5 years, 8 months agoItIsBack posted submission on movies.
July 2, 2014
I've always loved apocalyptic and mainly zombie movies but I've pretty much seen them all. I just watched the shorts to the dawn of the rise of the planet of the apes and I really enjoyed them. I was wondering if anybody new any dystopian films with any scenarios as long as they're worth watching. Classics or modern will be fine and I promise you I will watch them and not waste your time writing them up. Muchos gracias!
July 2, 2014
[Contest] for a copy of The Fault in Our Stars [R]5 years, 11 months agowhat_the_heil posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
April 21, 2014
This contest is closed.
Thanks everyone for your book suggestions. Winner announced soon.
Awhile ago /u/poorrusty generously hosted a contest for their copy of The Fault in Our Stars and I won! I read and enjoyed it, and now I want to give someone else the chance to read what I want to call the "RAoA copy".
Please enter by doing ALL THREE of the following (exclusion of either will disqualify you from winning):
to keep it Amazon related, please suggest a new book for me to read BY LINKING IT ON AMAZON IN YOUR ENTRY. I will literally read just about anything, and am looking at an entire summer of no required reading (summer break, finally!).
Include the raffle phrase "Note to self: don't read sad books while you're on an airplane."
Have an [intro]. No need to link, but if you don't have one, go do it now.
Finally, please understand that I will be personally shipping this item to you, meaning that you must be comfortable with PMing me your address.
This contest will end Friday, April 25 at 12 noon, US EST time.
P.S. I can't afford to ship internationally, sorry folks! U.S. only.
[Contest] I need a book recommendation. [R]5 years, 11 months agoEdgeOfVision posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
April 8, 2014
This contest is closed. Deciding winners. This is REALLY hard. SO many good suggestions!
winner: /u/obie_wankenobie for suggesting a book I haven't read, and never thought to look for. Although, I will be referring to this list in the future... so you may never know what I do next ;)
I'm flying to the states at the end of the month. I like to read on flights. This one will be 16 hours or something. Then you add in all the waiting. FUN! =p
Your job is to link me to a book on Amazon. Paperback/ Audio/ E-book, any version will do. (I'm up for any genre, I should start to branch out.)
Tell me why you chose it.
Contest ends Monday morning for me, which is approx. Sunday (April 13) night raoa time.
Winner will most likely be the book I choose. I will get at least one, because I need to take reading risks.
prize somewhere around $20, anyone can enter.
edit: As I look at each one, I'm responding to all of you. =)
Flash books [Contest]! [R]6 years agoMarch 10, 2014
March 10, 2014
Frank and Beans!
[Contest] It's been a while since I had a MONDAY BOOK CONTEST :3 [R]6 years, 1 month agoButturedToast posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Feb. 17, 2014
What is the most emotional book you have read? [R]6 years, 1 month agoRoundishBag posted submission on AskReddit.
Jan. 27, 2014
Leave a small summary of the novel!
Jan. 27, 2014
Came here to say this. It was so heart wrenching that I made it about six minutes into the movie before I noped my way right out of there.
Brief synopsis: Inhabiting a bleak and blasted post apocalyptic wasteland in what was once called the United States of America; Cormac McCarthy’s The Road chronicles the saga of the Man and his son the Boy as they travel in search of survival and their very own salvation.
For the Lazy: The Road
Edit: Added link and synopsis
[contest] I'm drunk. Win stuff. [R]6 years, 1 month ago-Untitled- posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Jan. 21, 2014
$10, I traded in a textbook to amazon and got $10. Stuff and things. 1 winner in the morning.
Links are preferred.
Flash [contest]! Last day of free Prime shipping. [R]6 years, 2 months agoTyler_Hunt posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Dec. 22, 2013
Contest closed! Winner to follow....
...And the winner is.... /u/blargiznoflo! I couldn't choose so I had my hubs pick a number and counted down the parent comments. Congratulations!
Ok lovely ladies and gents, it's the last day for free Prime shipping before Christmas. This contest will close at 11pm EDT (2 hours from now) so I have time to pick a winner and order before free shipping ends at midnight.
Please link to something $15 or less from your wish list, must be Prime-eligible, and tell me why you want it.
Any recommendations on good fallout like novels? [R]6 years, 3 months agoFancyCat2008 posted submission on Fallout.
Dec. 2, 2013
I got the bug and I just want to itch it!
Dec. 2, 2013
Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" is said to have heavily influenced Fallout 3, with it's dark setting and characters.
And... if you don't mind fanfic, or ponies for that matter (I just know I'm going to get downvoted for this...) Fallout: Equestria is also a shockingly good read. It's also free.
Post Apocalyptic Book Reviews [R]6 years, 4 months agoedheler posted submission on preppers.
Nov. 16, 2013
I probably read too much. When I started writing this submission I listed nearly twenty books that I have read recently and it was too long. In the interests of keeping things manageable I am going to try and review a few at a time every few months. I am also going to only review the first book in a series and a sentence or two about the rest if I continued reading past the first. The ordering is significant with ties in rating. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
★★★★½ 299 Days: The Preparation by Glen Tate
The 299 Days series isn't Lights Out. It's not going to grab you and force you to keep turning the pages. It presents a vision of a collapse of society which is highly realistic and well constructed. It is about an economic collapse which is taken advantage of by a collectivist national government. You might not be on the edge of your seat as you turn the pages but you will want to know what happens next. The biggest negative was that the books in the series are highly methodological. They are pretty much about what their title says. I think there could have been a bit more crossover between the books so that the themes could intermix a bit more smoothly. You might not learn too many specific tips and techniques from the books but the author clearly understands more psychology than other prepper fiction authors I have read. Having a few clear depictions of normalcy bias alone would be worth the price of purchasing this book but it is better than that and I highly recommend the series.
★★★★ Enemies Foreign and Domestic by Matthew Bracken
I have been a little late to getting around to reading this series. I was concerned that it might put me on a list. I have since decided that I am probably on all of those lists already so I might as well read what I want. If you have left-of-center beliefs you probably won't like this book. There are hard edges of conservatism left all over within the pages of the book. The book can be mildly irritating at times if you're a libertarian like I am. The scenario is certainly possible and looking at our world today I am quite impressed with the authors imagination since he wrote about it a decade before. A lone gunman from over a thousand yards away fires indiscriminately into a stadium. The gunfire and panic afterwards kill hundreds. What isn't known by the public is that it was a false flag designed to effectively remove our second amendment rights and empower a branch of our government which was responsible for the atrocity. After reading the book it's difficult to not believe that elements of our government could be capable and willing to create this type of scenario. The saying, 'ignorance is bliss' comes to mind with this book. I might not be as critical of government today if I had not read this book but I would certainly be happier.
★★★★ Apocalypse Drift by Joe Nobody
I really liked Joe Nobody's first series and bought this when I noticed it was out. A family which had been having financial problems as the world slowly goes to hell in an economic collapse is forced to try to live on their last possession: a boat. The world devolves quickly after they arrive. It doesn't take long before they and the other people living in the marina need to escape. It's an interesting read because the scenario hasn't had too much attention by other prepper authors. It was a good read that felt like a more realistic situation than most books in the genre.
★★★½ Going Home by A. American
The author makes the usual mistake in EMP fiction that everything is broken at the beginning of the book and by the end there seems to be quite a lot working. The characters are a little too lucky and prepared but the author is a bit more talented than most and you will care about the characters. In this first book the character has to trek 200 miles home when his car is fried by an EMP. The old-man ex-military sergeant character is a bit contrived and used too much as a deus ex machina plot device to move the story along. Those segments of the story don't overwhelm the overall story. The author has a few opinions about certain pieces of gear which will show in the story but I think we all have certain pieces of gear that we love.
★★★½ The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
It is a well constructed and highly grammatical book which probably could win writing awards. I found it to be a more interesting commentary of what the author thinks of survivalists and preppers than a realistic scenario. A plague has swept the Earth leaving somewhere between a hundredth and a thousandth of a percent of people alive. For some reason though the protagonist flies a plane years after the event guarding a perimeter around a small airport. If you're looking for a book to give you an idea of how non-preppers might view you then this is a worthwhile read. You won't derive any useful tips or techniques from this book. If you like to read you will probably enjoy reading this book — especially after the barren grammar desert of most of the genre. I wouldn't bother with the book if you don't read voraciously.
★★★ Apocalypse Law by John Grit
It's an interesting take on post apocalyptic literature. You don't get to find out what is happening in the wider world. You know a pandemic has occurred and perhaps 95% of the population of the planet is dead but thats about all. Unfortunately it leaves you entirely stuck within the relationship of the two main characters for the majority of the book. The boy is whiney but the author chose his age and it's probably a realistic reaction. The third main character who comes along late in the book is a bit too much of a super character. I have continued reading this series through the next two books and it does get a better. I would give the series an overall 3.5 stars. The main characters are still super-survivalists whom are super lucky but any and all minor characters could die at any time. I think the author could have improved the story by beefing up some of the minor characters so we care about them more when they die. Unfortunately by the end of the third book the reader is left with the impression that killing off minor characters is just a plot device to allow the author to move in a different direction. I continued reading this series because there isn't much literature in the pandemic sub-genre. I was looking for a fresh take on what might or might not happen. Ultimately it isn't a bad read if your goals are similar to mine.
★★ The Survivalist by Dr. Arthur T. Bradley
Cartoonish, self-absorbed characters who win by deus ex machina and everything works out better than expected all of the time. The novel reads like survival fantasy. At least its grammar and spelling were better than average which saved it from one star. I do not recommend this book.
Nov. 17, 2013
I can't find any supporting evidence that Robert McCammon is an alias of The Road's author Cormac McCarthy. I have always viewed the premise of The Road to be a bit far-fetched that all plant and animal life died but humans were still wandering around.
Thanks for adding a link though!
[Contest] Find Me a New Book! [R]6 years, 7 months agoTom_N_Haverford posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Aug. 23, 2013
HOW THIS WORKS: I'm on the hunt for a new book or series to start reading and I would love some suggestions. I figured the best way to discover books (and getting started gifting!) is to hear about some from you guys. I'm looking for something different and I know you guys know some gems.
REQUIREMENTS: Must have a Link to the Book on Amazon in your comment below. Must have something on your wish-list within the $15 price range (or lower) (I have Prime)
PRIZE: Something from your wish-list ~$15
HOW TO WIN: I'm guessing there's going to be a lot of good suggestions so I think I'm going to take my favorite book recommendations and pick one name out of a hat.
CONTEST ENDS: The Winner will be announced Monday, 8/26
- Post Apocalyptic Survival books
- Zombie books, World War Z is one of my favorites, and I was just recently reading The Remaining and I loved the first two in the series but it got a little boring.
- Science Fiction/Fantasy I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games
- Strong Female Characters
- Coming of Age Stories
- ANGST AND DHRAMA
- Smut i.e. Erotica i.e. 50 Shades of Gray esk stuff (Sex for the sake of sex isn't really what I'm looking for [it doesn't mean it can't have sexy scenes but character development/adventure is more important to me])
- Tacky Romantic Story lines (i.e. Twilight) (but I mean who doesn't)
- Nicholas Cage (Unrelated)
*Bonus Points if: *
- Available on Kindle
- Rentable to Prime Customers
- A series
Edit: Thank you so much for all the recommendations! I have a lot of work cut out for me! Thank you so much everyone
Wishlist from all the book recommendations for anyone interested
Edit: Update, My grandmother passed away this weekend. In order to be able to focus on family I'm going to postpone the winner announcement to later in the week. Friday at the latest.
Winners Are elliehoops & drowgirl Thanks for all the great recommendations guys!
Aug. 23, 2013
[Intro] Programmer, in college, found this sub through r/random! [R]6 years, 8 months agoimalittlepiggy posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
July 23, 2013
Hello, everyone! I am a web developer, still in college, looking at a variety of interesting subreddits every day while working on my school assignments. I love to draw. Who doesn't? I also want to be an indie game developer, and I am slowly building up the confidence to jump into that as a side job. I am a web developer at the moment, and in that field, I am mildly successful as a freelance web consultant, though I could always use more work.
Anyway, this subreddit looks like a place worth subscribing to. I love Amazon. I find a lot of my video game deals there, but I also find most of my books here. Any of you have any book recommendations based on my wishlist?
July 24, 2013
Oh that's awesome! I wanna see both of those so bad! I loved Despicable Me, it was so cute and such a fun concept anyways! I also watch a lot of superhero and fantasy adventure stuff, but only in the past few years have been getting into scifi/fantasy and it's been so great, I don't know why I let myself miss out on so much gold! My favorites are Total Recall and The 5th Element. I even hadn't seen it when I had hair just like Leeloo's! *Doh!! :)
I'd recommend the GoT books if you ever want a good series or just something to take up a lot of time. It's far more interesting than the tv series can even begin to cover! But I'm not huge into reading that type of stuff so it's been a bit of challenge for me too. Definitely not for the faint of heart hehe. And the 3rd season is just... INSANE. BUT SO GOOD. I never thought I'd get super into GoT like I have been, especially after I saw the first season, but...ohmigosh I kinda freak about it now, haha!! There's a website that has pretty good quality collections of shows for streaming, just google project free tv, it should be fairly obvious which link it is, and they have all the GoT seasons on there and you don't have to do the risky torrenting. Although you sound pretty busy so I'm sure you might not even have time for more tv, hehe!
The Road is actually a 2006 novel, you're correct, I think my friends just qualified it as a "classic" because they were super into the genre when it came out, and I even had a few friends say they read it in school, so perhaps it'll be one for the "newer classics" haha.
Also, I absolutely adore that you like the videogames movies, Mortal Kombat and SMB are great, haha! I didn't realize they had made a DnD movie though!!! Is it actually good!?!?!!! <insert mindblown.gif here>
And yeah I love Bastion!! It's so pretty yet so fun and I can only WISH someone followed me around to narrate my life in the awesome way Rukus does it!! :D
Any book recommendations that are similar to TLOU? [R]6 years, 8 months agonetruassin posted submission on thelastofus.
July 9, 2013
I know about The Road, but I am just looking for more post-apocalyptic fiction. Maybe like The Walking Dead, 28 days/weeks later etc. Things that are visceral and real. Zombies are appreciated.