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Old 10-01-2010, 09:01
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I apologise from diverting from the topic somewhat, but post apocalyptic titles really interest me, could you recommend me some?
Sorry to jump in on a question that wasnt asked of me, but my favourite novel of that type is still "The Stand" by Stephen King.


The Road was ok, but I didnt think it was all it was hyped up to be.

I too will be interested to hear about other books of this type.
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Old 10-01-2010, 09:39
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I apologise from diverting from the topic somewhat, but post apocalyptic titles really interest me, could you recommend me some?
Sorry to jump in on a question that wasnt asked of me, but my favourite novel of that type is still "The Stand" by Stephen King.


The Road was ok, but I didnt think it was all it was hyped up to be.

I too will be interested to hear about other books of this type.
Big topic, post-apocalyptic fiction is almost a genre in itself.

The Stand as mentioned is well worth a read.

One of my favourites is A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Earth Abides by George R Stewart.

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson though do your best to forget the movie adaptation.

Day of the Triffids is worth a read though it's a very middle class apocalypse.

There's a recent anthology of short fiction called Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse which has some great stories in it.

The Drowned World by J.G Ballard is a deserved classic.

On the Beach by Nevil Shute.

Bit busy at the moment but those are a few off the top of my head.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:17
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Absolutely hated "Atonement" (where was it?) and was very disappointed with the ending of "Life of Pi".

"The Curious Case etc." is one of my favourite books though .... just shows how subjective these things are
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Old 10-01-2010, 13:41
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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

I managed about 3/4 of it before literally throwing it across the room in sheer frustration.
I'm about half way through this one and I am just waiting for it to kick into life. Its good but I just keep thinking with this idea behind it that it should be so much better.
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Old 10-01-2010, 14:17
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I'm about half way through this one and I am just waiting for it to kick into life. Its good but I just keep thinking with this idea behind it that it should be so much better.
I enjoyed it because it rolls along at roughly the pace of the original Dracula, unlike Dacre Stoker's recent rehash.
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Old 10-01-2010, 14:32
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So was I. I'd been recommended it by quite a few people and ended up hating it! I don't know how I managed to finish it.
IMHO Her Fearful Symmetry is a much better book and it hasn't been hyped as much. Very enjoyable.
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Old 10-01-2010, 23:30
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Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Got about 100 pages in, and when bugger all had happened I stopped reading it. Rambling, tedious, appallingly edited overhyped rubbish.
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:35
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100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Seems to be a pretentious male English student thing. Read it out of curiosity when nearly every male at University told me it was their favourite book. Should have known when they could never actually tell me what it was about, just kept yammering on about the "magic realism". Which IMO, has been done a lot better in other novels.

Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. Self-referential "oh look I'm so witty and pseudo-intelligent" tosh.

Most Chick-Lit - especially if it's written by Candace Bushnall or Celia Ahern. Just doesn't grip or challenge me. Feels like the literary equivilent of reading Love it! magazine while listening to Westlife :S
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:09
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Add me to the list of disappointed Twilight attempters. Everyone told me to read it, they told me it was great - I was sceptical at first but my best friend has good taste in books and he recommended it, so I trusted him and bought all 4 books. They're okay, if you're really bored. If you want to be entertained and come away thinking "Wow, she's such a good writer, what a fantastic and non-cliched story!", stay away at all costs. It's only lately I realized how bad an author Stephenie Meyer is - what a cop out of an ending to Breaking Dawn :/
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:52
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Bill Bryson's Notes From a Small Island. Patronising, superficial, unwitty and mind-numbingly boring. On the strength of this (I would never touch any more of his output), I cannot believe the high regard in which he is held.
WHAT!!!

Billy B is a literary god.
I'm with Little Man on this.

Every Brydon book I've tried falls into that description.

The one about doing some famous walk in the US (A WalkIn the Wood?) summed it up. Self obsessed meandering for a couple of hundred pages. The final chpater can be summed up as "Then one day I woke up bored and went home."

Dreadful writer.
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Old 12-01-2010, 00:07
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The Drowned World by J.G Ballard is a deserved classic
Weeatallthepies, have you ever read his "The Wind From Nowhere"? It was his first disaster/apocalypse novel, and for some reason he disowned it in later life, but it's actually a gem.

Also try "The Black Cloud" by Fred and Geoffrey Hoyle...

...but when it comes to post-apocalyptic fiction, there's one towers over the rest...

Damnation Alley "Often imitated, never equalled" as they say. It's like reading a 1960's LSD trip!
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Old 12-01-2010, 00:30
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Not really into the first Twilight novel. Havent given up on it yet, but I think, for once in this case, I will stick with the movie adaptations.

Easy read but not for me.
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Old 16-01-2010, 15:05
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I really liked Notes From A Small Island, didn't reckon the others much though.
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Old 20-01-2010, 16:25
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Catch 22 and A Catcher of Rye.

I've been ( patronisingly ) told in the past that that is because I didn't understand them - no, it's because I thought they were overrated drivvel.

I'd also say the same about Kafka's The Trial.
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Old 22-01-2010, 00:49
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So was I. I'd been recommended it by quite a few people and ended up hating it! I don't know how I managed to finish it.
Timetravellers wife that is:

I chucked it after about a chapter, it was so weird to follow. Couldnt cope at all. Wonder if film is any better.

Felt same about Captain Corelli too
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Old 22-01-2010, 23:17
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I think The House at Riverton was probably my worst attempt at reading a book. I seem to remember only making it through about 15 pages before I gave up!
I LOVED The House at Riverton

I used to never give up on a book then last year I started reading 'Sepulchre' by Kate Mosse and decided life is too short to read books I don't want to.
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Old 23-01-2010, 00:54
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I LOVED The House at Riverton

I used to never give up on a book then last year I started reading 'Sepulchre' by Kate Mosse and decided life is too short to read books I don't want to.
I enjoyed The House at Riverton as well. But then again I never thought it was a 'hyped' up book as such either.
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Old 23-01-2010, 08:16
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I LOVED The House at Riverton

I used to never give up on a book then last year I started reading 'Sepulchre' by Kate Mosse and decided life is too short to read books I don't want to.
My friend loved House at Riverton as well, but I guess it just wasnt for me!

Sepulchre seems to have a very bad rap - havent found anyone that liked it.
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Old 23-01-2010, 11:59
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Hated Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
So did I! I red reviews that said how good it was, some even suggested it was Harry Potter for adults, so I bought it, and dear God, it was so poor, dull and badly written I have never even finished it.
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Old 23-01-2010, 12:09
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I LOVED The Curious Incident...

I agree with those saying The Road though. Nothing actually happened and nobody said anything, it was so tedious. I think Cormac MaCarthy is the American Ian McEwan. His books are equally uninspired and overrated. Although, I absolutely loved Atonement.

A fantastic post apocalyptic book is A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. All of her books are great in fact.

I generally punish myself and wont be defeated by a book and always finish them, but I have started For Whom The Bell Tolls loads of times and just cannot get into it.
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Old 23-01-2010, 23:08
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Cloud Atlas...what was that all about ? Touted as one of the great classics of today but I thought it was contrived and badly written. I worked out what was meant to be happening in terms of continuity (the way the characters are suppose to link through different eras) but the settings and subjects were both unlikely and unlikeable . I amazed myself by struggling through 2/3 of it and then gave up and grabbed a paperback thriller instead
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Old 24-01-2010, 17:31
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Heidi by Joanna Spiri
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:53
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Add me to that. Awful. Not as bad, though, as Chris Cleave's The Other Hand. Utterly dire
I've just wasted 4.50 then. I'm starting it tonight. The blurb on the back of the books makes it sound so intriguing.
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Old 03-02-2010, 13:02
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I've just wasted 4.50 then. I'm starting it tonight. The blurb on the back of the books makes it sound so intriguing.
Oops. On the bright side, not everyone hates it. Good idea storywise, but I found it clunkily written, with stereotypical characters and hugely patronising. Given the massive publicity this has had I was very disappointed. In fact, I hate it and it very nearly chucked it in the bin at one point.

Let me know what you think.
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Old 03-02-2010, 13:02
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Reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell was like running sandpaper over my corneas.

I gave up with it, which is something I rarely do with a book.
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