Donate to Remove ads

Got a credit card? use our Credit Card & Finance Calculators

Thanks to ErroneousBee,GSVsowhat,Shelford,Hypster,Wasron, for Donating to support the site

looking for end of the world fiction suggestions

Reviews, favourites and suggestions
servodude
Lemon Quarter
Posts: 2368
Joined: November 8th, 2016, 5:56 am
Has thanked: 648 times
Been thanked: 653 times

looking for end of the world fiction suggestions

#290343

Postby servodude » March 12th, 2020, 11:34 pm

As per the subject I'm looking for end of the world book suggestions; not for the end of the world but about it (or the collapse of society would probably be closer to the mark)

I went through a period a while ago where I tore through quite a few, mostly sci-fi classics, and really enjoyed most of them; seems like a good time to get back in to more

Off the top of my head ones I've enjoyed are:
- Earth Abides
- I am Legend
- On the Beach
- The Road
- The Children of Men
- The Body Snatchers
- Greybeard
- A Canticle for Leibowitz
- The Drowned World
- pretty much everything Wyndham wrote

The Stand was probably the first one I read in my early teens, but trying to re-read it recently it just felt too much like Earth Abides and I put it aside knowing how much of a commitment it would be to work through it; I might go back to it

Anyone got recommendations in a similar vein?

- sd

JohnB
Lemon Quarter
Posts: 1414
Joined: January 15th, 2017, 9:20 am
Has thanked: 134 times
Been thanked: 366 times

Re: looking for end of the world fiction suggestions

#290347

Postby JohnB » March 12th, 2020, 11:51 pm

Death of Grass

Then James White's delightful short story Second Ending, which is why trousers need turn-ups

servodude
Lemon Quarter
Posts: 2368
Joined: November 8th, 2016, 5:56 am
Has thanked: 648 times
Been thanked: 653 times

Re: looking for end of the world fiction suggestions

#290353

Postby servodude » March 13th, 2020, 3:15 am

JohnB wrote:Death of Grass

Then James White's delightful short story Second Ending, which is why trousers need turn-ups


Thanks John
- both are en-route to my kindle presently

- sd

todthedog
Lemon Slice
Posts: 352
Joined: November 4th, 2016, 4:24 pm
Has thanked: 44 times
Been thanked: 87 times

Re: looking for end of the world fiction suggestions

#290358

Postby todthedog » March 13th, 2020, 6:36 am

The Daily Mail :D

Urbandreamer
Lemon Quarter
Posts: 1059
Joined: December 7th, 2016, 9:09 pm
Has thanked: 76 times
Been thanked: 292 times

Re: looking for end of the world fiction suggestions

#290392

Postby Urbandreamer » March 13th, 2020, 8:35 am

Not yet a classic, but an enjoyable read.

Black tide rising series (Under a graveyard sky, 1st book) by John Ringo.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/110176 ... ide-rising

The world is changed by a virus that combines the features of flu and rabies, air born or transmitted by bites. It destroys higher brain functions in primates, leading to a "Zombie" Apocalypse.

stewamax
Lemon Quarter
Posts: 1535
Joined: November 7th, 2016, 2:40 pm
Has thanked: 24 times
Been thanked: 335 times

Re: looking for end of the world fiction suggestions

#290825

Postby stewamax » March 14th, 2020, 5:31 pm

HG Wells' The War in the Air

Howard
Lemon Quarter
Posts: 1402
Joined: November 4th, 2016, 8:26 pm
Has thanked: 497 times
Been thanked: 628 times

Re: looking for end of the world fiction suggestions

#290862

Postby Howard » March 14th, 2020, 8:04 pm

Brilliant book about world pandemic is "Not forgetting the whale" by John Ironmonger.

It will be a scary read at the moment because the Coronavirus is following his script.

The hero is a city analyst who studied the likely scenario for a pandemic. I read very few books but Mrs H recommended it and I was entertained and scared from about page 4 onwards.

regards

Howard

PS If anyone reads it, please do post your comments. Especially its relevance to today's siutation.

BrummieDave
Lemon Slice
Posts: 821
Joined: November 6th, 2016, 7:29 pm
Has thanked: 205 times
Been thanked: 377 times

Re: looking for end of the world fiction suggestions

#291811

Postby BrummieDave » March 17th, 2020, 10:41 pm

Howard wrote:Brilliant book about world pandemic is "Not forgetting the whale" by John Ironmonger.

It will be a scary read at the moment because the Coronavirus is following his script.

The hero is a city analyst who studied the likely scenario for a pandemic. I read very few books but Mrs H recommended it and I was entertained and scared from about page 4 onwards.

regards

Howard

PS If anyone reads it, please do post your comments. Especially its relevance to today's siutation.


I know John personally and he's a good chap as well as an excellent author. The book has just been published in German too.

Not a book, but 'The end of the world', a podcast by Josh Clark would also meet the OP.

servodude
Lemon Quarter
Posts: 2368
Joined: November 8th, 2016, 5:56 am
Has thanked: 648 times
Been thanked: 653 times

Re: looking for end of the world fiction suggestions

#291838

Postby servodude » March 18th, 2020, 6:56 am

BrummieDave wrote:
Howard wrote:Brilliant book about world pandemic is "Not forgetting the whale" by John Ironmonger.

It will be a scary read at the moment because the Coronavirus is following his script.

The hero is a city analyst who studied the likely scenario for a pandemic. I read very few books but Mrs H recommended it and I was entertained and scared from about page 4 onwards.

regards

Howard

PS If anyone reads it, please do post your comments. Especially its relevance to today's siutation.


I know John personally and he's a good chap as well as an excellent author. The book has just been published in German too.

Not a book, but 'The end of the world', a podcast by Josh Clark would also meet the OP.


Thanks both! I've put it on my list; might be a while before I get to it while I deal with the aging parents on holiday with us in Australia (took them to Williamstown today in an "On the Beach" themed jolly before it's all locked down - good day, except for the fact they weren't up for Throbbing Gristle in the car on the drive down)

-sd

BrummieDave
Lemon Slice
Posts: 821
Joined: November 6th, 2016, 7:29 pm
Has thanked: 205 times
Been thanked: 377 times

Re: looking for end of the world fiction suggestions

#291858

Postby BrummieDave » March 18th, 2020, 8:15 am

servodude wrote:
- good day, except for the fact they weren't up for Throbbing Gristle in the car on the drive down)

-sd


Did you see my post about the late Genesis P-Orridge, made on Sunday: https://lemonfool.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f ... &start=400

I wonder what her/his views were on Coronavirus...?

servodude
Lemon Quarter
Posts: 2368
Joined: November 8th, 2016, 5:56 am
Has thanked: 648 times
Been thanked: 653 times

Re: looking for end of the world fiction suggestions

#292517

Postby servodude » March 19th, 2020, 10:53 pm

BrummieDave wrote:
servodude wrote:
- good day, except for the fact they weren't up for Throbbing Gristle in the car on the drive down)

-sd


Did you see my post about the late Genesis P-Orridge, made on Sunday: https://lemonfool.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f ... &start=400

I wonder what her/his views were on Coronavirus...?


I've seen it now - thanks!

Caught word of their passing at the weekend - and it knocked Screamadelica off rotation in the car
- very few true "one of kinds" and they were certainly one

- sd

Meatyfool
Lemon Slice
Posts: 309
Joined: November 4th, 2016, 11:43 am
Has thanked: 2 times
Been thanked: 54 times

Re: looking for end of the world fiction suggestions

#292939

Postby Meatyfool » March 21st, 2020, 4:00 pm

A Gift Upon the Shore by MK Wren

Alan..


Return to “Books and Reading”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests