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27 July 2009 @ 11:33 pm
Book recs?  
Okay, so I love my flist, and as most of you are avid readers, I thought I'd ask for a specific kind of rec.

I have a really weird quirk. I love movies and books that deal with the end of the world (as we know it)/Armageddon/etc. Think of the movies Armageddon, Deep Impact, The Day After Tomorrow, etc. I'm currently reading Plague Year and Plague War by Jeff Carlson, but I want more.

So sock it to me: plague, war, nuclear fallout, put onto a new planet by aliens (a la Anne McCaffrey's Landing series), world shifting on its axis, millenium striking, omg killer asteroid... anything with the best and worst of humanity shining through in the desperate moments.

The only books I'm not looking for are the Left Behind series. Those are already on my list.

Thanks in advance for the recs!

Also posted on several comms; if you're a part of them, sorry for the cross-posting.
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Gelseygelsey on July 28th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
*puts on the list*

Feel free to give me more suggestions when you get around to it.

Then finish it, silly, and let me read it.
Gerry Martin: Hell's Bellsgerrybm on July 28th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
Any of the John Ringo books in the "Posleen War/Aldenata" series (same series, just two different titles). Also the ones in the "Council War" series. Remind me and I'll send the first ones of each to ya.


firefly_124firefly124 on July 28th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
Stephen King's The Stand. Opinions vary on versions. I say the uncut version. Yes, there's stuff that was easily cut without sacrificing plot, but it went to real character depth, hence my preference of the longer one.

There's another book, written in the 1930s with a similar theme that I just can't summon up the title for just now. It's at the tip of my brain. If I figure it out, I'll come back and add it.
Gelseygelsey on July 28th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm usually not a fan of King, but so many people have recc'd this that I think I'll give it a try.

Goddess of Potholes and Puddles: Abandon Hopesmeddley on July 29th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
I liked the first and last third of the book, but am one who thought the middle third could have been cut out entirely!

My enjoyment of King has seriously waned in recent years, though, too.
cecelle: readcecelle on July 28th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.) Not your average take on the subject, but *funny*.

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Gelseygelsey on July 28th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
How can I turn down an offer like that? <3
alienor77310alienor77310 on July 28th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
Two very different types:

- The "1632" series, by Eric Flint, plus the assorted fanfic. As is standard at Baen, the first book or two are downloadable for free. A small mining town in contemporary West Virginia (I think) is transplanted in the middle of Germany in 1632, right in the middle of the 30-years war.

- Aftermath, by Al Steiner (link to a nsfw site). Al Steiner writes smut. Good smut. And he's able to integrate his smut in captivating stories. A comet hits the pacific. Everything in the valleys by the coast is wiped out. Only those who happened to be in the hills survive.
Gelseygelsey on July 28th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds interesting. I'll have to look at the first.

And smut is good. Yes, like smut. LOL
misstee123misstee123 on July 28th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
On the Beach by Nevil Shute. Written in the 50's by an English author about the survivors of a nuclear war. Read it if you want a tearjerker.
Gelseygelsey on July 28th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Good to know, thanks!
MissBlane: Bookshelfmissblane on July 28th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
One I read a really long time ago (still in grade school) is Z is for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien.

I remember enjoying it.
MissBlane: Bookshelfmissblane on July 28th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, sorry. It's a post-nuclear war book about a chick who somehow survived.
Gelseygelsey on July 28th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
It still counts, I think. I have this one somewhere downstairs--I need to reread it.
Goddess of Potholes and Puddles: Novelsmeddley on July 29th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
Nightfall by Asimov (I love Asimov! I just got Pebble in the Sky, but haven't read it yet)

In a way City of Ember (YA) fits the bill.
Laudomialaudomia on July 29th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Omega Man (movie) Yes, it was remade as I Am Legend, but the original was more...just more. Millennium (book, not movie)