What's the Plural of Apocalypse?
I've read 8 out of 11 (I'm embarrassed to admit that the ones I haven't read are the "classics"). How many have you read? Did they get the list right? Would you take any out? What would you add? And, most importantly, which one of the ones I haven't read (in bold) should I read next? Maybe we'll make it a Geeks Who Read Book Club selection for 2013!
The Stand, Stephen King--one of my favorite books, of any kind, which I reread every few years. I loved reading it again after I moved to Colorado, since much of the action takes place here.
On the Beach, Nevil Shute--read this one in high school, so I don't remember it that well. Worth a reread?
The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker--this one just came out this year, so I'm sure folks will debate it's inclusion on this list, but I very much enjoyed the concept and the voice of Julia--this book combines the doomsday scenario with a coming of age story.
The Drowned World, J. G. Ballard
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Max Brooks--great zombie book, with a movie planned for 2013. Something for everyone, whether you're interested in combat tactics or personal stories of the zombie uprising & how it was quashed.
The Last Man, Mary Shelley
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter Miller
The Road, Cormac McCarthy--sparse, well told, powerful. It was particularly freaky listening to the audio of this while riding the subways in NYC.
Blindness, Jose Saramago--Another one I listened to, another frightening vision.
What would I add to the list? One of my favorite post-apocalyptic stories is the 12 volume graphic novel series Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn.
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