I guess I'm partial to zombies because the selfishness and malice of Man most often bring me down and zombies aren't evil, just a little peckish and have bad table manners. In some ways they're the modern Moby Dick, you just can't exact revenge on (un)nature...hehe... "The Day of the Triffids", though, will always have a special place in my heart as it was the first PS literature I was exposed to. By my dad. When I was 8, I think
...and We shall dance at the Edge of the Future to the Echo of the Past...
I love a Pandemic novel but will happily enjoy all forms of the post-apoc genre although I can be a little bit picky when it comes to Zombie fiction which has to be about a little bit more than just blood, gore and teenagers saying 'whatever'. Saying that though I have a great admiration for many Zed Heads out there because they are the most creative and active of all the post-apoc genre fans in terms of what they produce themselves so salut to that.
I do tend to draw the line at when a post-apoc senario leads to characters developing psychic powers or the ability to do 'majic' and other fantansy stuff although I am also somebody who lists 'The Stand' as one of the most influential novels I have ever read and that has an element of the supernatural to that.
I also am now of the opinion that 'Day of the Triffids' is perhaps the greatest post-apoc novel ever written given how much it takes in and the themes it develops.
For me the cause is not usually the interesting part, I go for something which has a focus on people being forced into a terrible situation and having to adapt to it, I don't mind what that situation is. I generally don't read zombie PA fiction though - I prefer to watch zombies than read about them.
Also, I agree with Matov's opinion on magic or supernatural abilitites - there are always exceptions but I like realism within this genre (happy to read other sci fi and fantasy though).
Your replica, your atom bomb, will keep you warm, will take you home.
Post by KevinTheCynic on May 15, 2012 17:39:56 GMT -5
I too agree with Matov, I'm not interested in PA fiction that has magic, mutants or psychic powers and I've lost interest in zombie fiction because a lot of it has been high on zombies but low on story (and writing ability in some cases). I don't really mind what caused the apocalypse (aside from magic, zombies, mutants etc. etc.) as long as it's a decent story because I'm attracted to the exploration and self-sufficiency themes.
"Had I been informed of the impending apocalypse, I'da stocked up" -- Dale, The Walking Dead TV series, Season 1 Episode 4
"There are no bad ideas, just a lack of will to execute them." -- Charlie Harper, Two and a Half Men TV series.
"Engines stop running, but I have no fear, 'Cause London is drowning, and I, I live by the river" 'London Calling', 1979 The Clash
Post by Amadeus B. on Feb 21, 2013 13:04:40 GMT -5
I like the Post-Nuclear books, where a small, very small group must adopt to the new situation and struggles to survive. Especially books where there is a water source described, with flowing water and the main characters are thirsty as hell... yet the Geiger counter ticks... and it ticks nicely.
It's lovely to see such situations, especially when you think about it yourself. Would I do it?
I've always been a fan of the classic cold war-era nuclear war story, like Alas, Babylon for example. But my favorite would probably have to be a good old fashioned plague. Something that leaves a few survivors left in a world with everything laying around waiting to be used again.
May the road gangs never meet you. May the wind be fallout-free. May the sun shine through the ashes, hot rain not fall on thee. And until we meet again, may no one hold your flesh in the palm of their hand.
I'm torn between plague; everyone dies, few survivors and they wander aimlessly, forage forevermore. war; everyone dies, few survivors and they hunker down in a large sprawling bunker.
As no-one knows me here I'm going to confess I grade movies/tv series by how likely I am to take them with me into the non-existent bunker. Breaking Bad - yeah, that's going with me, Pretty Little Liars - I'll watch it now, but I'm not taking it down there.
I really need to stop thinking I can cut my own fringe.
Post by scifigurl720 on Nov 8, 2013 22:57:34 GMT -5
My favorite movies/books are those leave me wanting more. Wanting to know what happens to the characters next. I prefer to have some explanation of about the cause of "the event", but if the story is sufficiently interesting I can read on without satisfying my curiosity.
At the moment a prefer to read non-zombie stories. I think this genre has been flooded with some subpar stories or stories which perpetuate the same clichés common to the genre.
I am pleasantly surprised when I find a book that does not follow the usual plots common to each PA subgenre. I like reading character driven stories. Stories in which the characters develop in believable ways and progress to become better at skills are interesting. I like it when the author does include some info on survival techniques but on the other hand I don't want a mini-guide inserted into a story. Stories like A. American's - Going Home got tedious because the author kept giving unwanted details about the protagonists gear. I would rather not read endless paragraphs about guns and ammo also. If I want to do that I could read American Survival Guide. I would rather read about an everyday Joe than Rambo.
I like most PA genres nuclear war, pandemic, post impact, flood, solar flare, emp, earthquakes to name a few. Some supernatural books are okay.
In regards to supernatural PA books, it would depend on the book. I did like Swan Song. Michael Stark's - The Island (Fallen Earth) ebook series is good. The first 3 parts were free when I got the book. I think it has 5 installments. The story reminds me of the writings of Dean Koontz or Stephen King. The e-book chronicles an outbreak with a mysterious supernatural cause.
I don't want to say too much and give spoilers. The author does seem know the location the book was placed in (the outer banks of NC) and seems to be familiar with the boat he uses to escape an outbreak on the mainland. Below is a link to the free part 1. I would give the book 4 1/2 stars out of 5. I paid to read the final 2 installments because I was anxious to finish the book.
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