I lost my post! I like The Stand and The Road lots. I've read a lot that havent stayed with me afterwards. Think I'm going to order Alas Babylon. First got to read blue rembered earth that dh bought me for Christmas.
Didn't get on with oryx and crake, not sure why.
Remember watching When the wind blows when I was a kid and terrifying myself!
Somehow, an island full of people in denial about imminent death doesn't make a good book, imho. You would expect at least some of them to have their act together and fight for their lives. At least parents of small children should have the instinct to effing do something to save the lives of their precious babies.
Strangely I came across On the Beach the other day in a pile of unread books at my parents' house - must give it a go! I loved Never Let Me Go thought it was the saddest book, especially the idea they are eventually kept in a sort of twilight half dead state to get the last possible use out of them - that really gave me the shivers! Love these threads for suggestions!
I read Stranger In A Strange Land in my teens and loved it. Not sure if I would like it now, though. There are a few interesting ideas in it (at least for a bookish liberal-minded teenager) but it is likely to get your back up with its American right-wing "women's role is this and that" business.
There's a huge "Apocalyptic Fiction" thread here somewhere where we all had a right wallow in despair and disaster and On The Beach came up iirc. I love it, it's one of my favourite books of all time, and I just howl like a baby every time I read it
I watched Cloud Atlas and frankly wasn't that impressed despite some interesting ideas the directors have come up with. Their mix-matching of scenes from different stories together has made it impossible for anyone who hasn't read the book to understand the movie, imho.