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Recommend me some books of the same genre, have just read The Road

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WireCatWhore Sun 17-Mar-13 20:33:00

Basically that really!

Just read The Road.

I'm not into Zombies/alien type things.

I've never read anything post apocalypse so would be I retested to read other things.

Would prefer to download to my kindle.

Thank you.

ThreeBeeOneGee Sun 17-Mar-13 20:36:09

I liked Oryx & Crake, and The Year of the Flood, both by Margaret Attwood.

notnowImreading Sun 17-Mar-13 20:37:34

Cripes, you want more? That one stays in the freezer for me. Have you tried On The Beach by Nevil Shute? There's also a weird short story called Pontypool Changes Everything that is very different but completely intrigued me.

HarderToKidnap Sun 17-Mar-13 20:38:24

I've just read Then by Julie Myerson, was very very bleak but similar to The Road, I thought.

The absolute bestest bestest post apocalyptic book is The Stand by Stephen King. I'm jealous of anyone who hasn't read it, as they have it all to come for the first time.

WireCatWhore Sun 17-Mar-13 20:39:25


Bloody autocorrect.

Thanks ThreeBeeOneGee will go on my kindle now.

ThreeBeeOneGee Sun 17-Mar-13 20:42:06

Also The Age Of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.

WireCatWhore Sun 17-Mar-13 20:42:15

Thank you notnowImreading & HarderToKidnap

Not really ventured into the reading section on mn before so am seeing some new names!

MaterFacit Sun 17-Mar-13 22:58:25

There was a really long thread last year with recommendations, its my favourite genre too grin.

The thread is here, I'm a bit blush at how many times my previous talkname appears on there

MrsTwgtwf Sun 17-Mar-13 23:02:56

Marking place - loved The Road.

anonymosity Mon 18-Mar-13 03:46:03

I was also thinking of King's The Stand. But its about 1000 pages and you may /may not be up for such a long haul?

Post-apocalyptic stories - is there some way you can run a search on Amazon or wiki to find a list maybe?

Bearandcub Mon 18-Mar-13 04:21:27

Justin cronin's The Passage
Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood
Oryx & crake Margaret Atwood

SuperScribbler Mon 18-Mar-13 06:50:10

One classic I love is John Wyndham's The Chrysalids. First read it when I was 13 and it has always stayed with me. Re-read in my 30s and it didn't disappoint.

WireCatWhore Mon 18-Mar-13 11:03:07

That's a great thread MaterFacit

I've downloaded synopses of lots of the recommendations to my kindle.

Thanks all.

CoteDAzur Mon 18-Mar-13 17:22:29

Whatever you do, don't read On The Beach. You will hate the genre all your life.

CoteDAzur Mon 18-Mar-13 17:24:34

Wool could be interesting for you. It is post-apocalyptic and interesting although I wouldn't say it's anywhere near the best sci-fi I've ever read.

I didn't like, 'Then' as I thought it was very irritatingly written. I hate it when writers clearly think they are being really clever and actually they are just seeming smug and are not terribly good.

The Stand is brilliant. You could also try King's Running Man and The Long Walk. The Long Walk is really good and pre-empts the Hunger Games series (the 1st of this is ok but the others are ridiculous).

You might try The Handmaid's Tale - it's dystopian rather than post-apocalyptic but it's much better than Oryx And Crake imho.

Must admit I get nowhere near as irritated by 'On The Beach' as Cote does. I rather like it. One that irritated me was,'The Death Of Grass' by Christopher somebody iirc.

Wyndham is an easy read and they are quite good fun.

I like The Passage but lots of people don't and it's vampires so might be considered along with zombies. A decent zombie one is 'World War Z.' Another v silly one which is also zombies is 'Feed' by Myra Grant. V silly but rather good fun.

If you don't mind young adult, the Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeves is good, as is The Silver Child series by Cliff McNeish (sp?).

I Am legend? it's okay - not great.

MadCap Tue 19-Mar-13 17:58:30

I've just read the Passage too. The vampires aren't twilighty though, more predator/animalistic.

Absolutely. And the ones that still have a bit of human left are both scary and sad.

ThreeBeeOneGee Tue 19-Mar-13 20:34:03

I'm reading 'The Twelve' at the moment.

Thewhingingdefective Wed 20-Mar-13 11:21:30

Riddley Walker - Russell Hoban

valiumredhead Wed 20-Mar-13 12:04:40

I must be the only person on the planet that hated The Road - film and book! Dh nearly divorced me over it grin

tripfiction Wed 20-Mar-13 16:30:57

You might like to try Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by FRIEDRICH CHRISTIAN DELIUS, set in Rome during WW2. It is written in a very similar style to The Road
It is published by Peirene Press who we just recently discovered who have a lovely strapline: "Two-hour books to be devoured in a single sitting: literary cinema for those fatigued by film." Times Literary Supplement

Hope that helps.

WormCanner Wed 20-Mar-13 16:52:06

Complete nonsense about "On The Beach". It in no way put me off the genre.

WireCatWhore Wed 20-Mar-13 16:54:26

Thank you all.

Am reading the road for a second time before downloading a new book.

Re The it a nuclear thing that happened or a meteor. It doesn't say does it. Unless I'm missing it again.

Lovemynailstoday Wed 20-Mar-13 17:06:41

Loved, loved, loved The Road! Read more Cormack McCarthy-- No Country for Old Men for example. Different theme, but part of the magic of Road is the way he writes. All the Pretty Horses good too.

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