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The Road: A post-apocalyptic tale of a man and his son trying to survive by any means possible.

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posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 06:33 AM
Recently I read a post-apocalyptic non fiction book, The Road by Cormac McCarthy

It is a post-apocalyptic tale of a man and his son trying to survive by any means possible.

The Road was a very good and emotional read and it really got me thinking about what I would do if I was in his situation ….in fact, the book is what made me want to be more prepared for what ever situation arises.

And I’m sure I may never be completely prepared but I figure putting a little food, supplies, and ammo away here and there would be better than nothing at all.

So, my question is, Has anyone else read any really good Apocalyptic or Post Apocalyptic non fictions lately?

Also, for those who don’t read (I actually listened to the audio cd’s), the movie will be out this year starring Viggo Mortensen.

[edit on 10-3-2009 by tenhearttkc]

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 07:19 AM
I read 'The Road' after I wrote a post-apocalyptic short story last year and posted it on ATS. A member pointed me in the direction of Mr. McCarthy, and I loved the book.

Here's mine if you want to have a look: These Dark Worlds

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 08:48 AM
reply to post by Evasius

Great story!

Wouldn't it be amazing if there were a concerted effort where '___' is concerned if it was subjected to rigorous scientific study? (not advocating it, just speculating.)

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 09:44 AM
reply to post by tenhearttkc

Not to be nitpicky, but how can this be a nonfiction book when, AFAIK, the apocolyps hasn't happened yet. Ok I guess I need to ask for clarification as to what exact type of apocalypse we're talking about. One could argue financial, but what comes to my mind is stuff like WWIII, etc.

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 09:51 AM

That is the only other survival story I've read really, and although it was a little rough around the edges it was a very nice read with some interesting content for sure.

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 10:15 AM
For a time, all I read was post-apoco stuff.

The best was

"A Canticle for Libowitz"

Thanks for your review of "The Road" it's next.

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 01:11 PM
List of very good survivalist fiction for anyone interested

Aftermath, Charles Sheffield Very Good
After Doomsday, Poul Anderson
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand Hard to grasp
Alas Babylon, Pat Frank Truly a superb classic
Amerikan sunset, Jennifer Ladewig Drivel
A Wrinkle in the skin, John Christopher A character essay
Black Sun, Robert Leininger Very good
Blood Crazy, Simon Clark
Crabs, Guy Smith
Comet, (The) Robert Charles Very Good
Damnation Alley, Roger Zelazny Better than the movie
Day after Tomorrow, (The) Whitley Strieber
Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham
Death of Grass, John Christopher
Deathlands, Jack Adrian
Deluge, Fowler Wright
Deluge, Richard Doyle
Drought ,(The) JG Ballard thought provoking
Drowned world, (The) JG Ballard interesting
Down to a sunless sea, (either version) David Graham Truly great, another classic
Earth Abides, George R Stewart 2nd only to Alas Babylon
Earth Winter, Richard Moran
Eternity Road, Jack Mc Devitt Interesting future shock
Empire of Ice, Richard Moran
Empty World John Christopher
Famine, Graham Masterson
Flood, Richard Doyle
Freeman, (The) Jerry Ahern
Heavy Weather, Bruce Sterling
Ice, Arnold Federbush depressing
Icefire, Judith & Garfield Reeth Stevens entertaining
Ice Quake, John R Spencer
Kraken Wakes, (The) John Wyndham
Last Ranger, (The) Craig Sargeant
Living is Forever J Edwin Carter
Lucifer's Hammer, Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle Becoming a classic
Long voyage back, Luke Rhineheart In the top ten of all time
Long Loud Silence, ( The) Wilson Tucker
Last ship, (The) William Brinkley
Malevil, Robert Merle
Moonfall, Jack Mc Devitt
Night of the Triffids, Simon Clark good follow on from day of the triffid
New Madrid Run, (The) Micheal Reisig
On the beach, Neville Shute
Out of the Ashes, ( Ashes series) William W Johnstone
Plague 99, Jean Ure
Patriots, James Wesley Rawles
Postman, ( The) David Brin
Resurrection Day Brendan Dubois
Rift, (The) Walter J Williams
Savage Dawn, Robert Cole
Shiva Descending, Gregory Benford
Some will not die, Algis Budrys
Stand, (The) Stephen King
Survivors Terry Nation
Survivalist, (The) series Jerry Ahern
There falls no Shadow, David E Crossley Part one of trilogy
Third Pandemic, ( The) Pierre Ouellette
This is the way the world ends, James Morrow
Virus, Japanese Author ( lost from my collection)
When the City stopped, Joan Phipson
Wild Shore ( The) Kim Stanley Robinson Deep stuff
World in Winter ( The) John Christopher
Year of the quiet sun, Wilson Tucker Suprisingly Good
48, James Herbert
8.4, Peter Hernon good read
28 Days Later, Alex Garland

All good stuff for making your mind more accessible to the possibilities and permutations. Most of these books are very thought provoking and make you think about some concepts you otherwise mare have overlooked.
My Favourite is ALAS BABYLON

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 08:25 PM
Evasius – Wow, Great Stories!

Thanks to everyone else for all the info!

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 08:27 PM
reply to post by Northern Raider

Norther Raider, Great List, thanks! I can't wait to get started. I like to listen to audio's when I'm in the car so I will start looking for the Audio books.

posted on Mar, 26 2009 @ 04:23 PM
I read The Road Last year and was very moved. A beautiful book.

When I was younger I really enjoyed The Stand and Swan Song, haven't read either in many years but I liked them both when I was younger.

Currently I would recommend World War Z - An Oral History of the Zombie Wars by Max Brooks. Really great read, more than I expected from a zombie novel. I hear the audio version is pretty sweet too. If you like that one you should also check out The Zombie Survival Guide for a non-fiction approach to a (mostly) fictional subject.


posted on Apr, 2 2009 @ 09:40 AM
Half way through 'The Road' at the moment - mighty fine book!
Thanks for the recommendation
(another good post-apocalyptic one is Dr Bloodmoney by Philip K Dick).

posted on Apr, 29 2009 @ 01:29 PM
One of the best books I've read in a long,long time
-lets hope the film does it justice:


[edit on 02/10/08 by karl 12]

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