Some good reading, I think

Posted by: mattnum

Some good reading, I think - 02/28/08 08:00 PM


I saw in another thread a mention of the book "Alas, Babylon" and I thought I'd mention some other books that are good reads.

Alas, Babylon is good, Lucifer's Hammer is great, Footfall is decent, On the Beach is decent, here are some others:

The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Earth Abides - George Stewart
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter Miller
The Rift - Walter Williams
Swan Song - Robert McCammon
Blindness - Jose Saramago
The Stand - Stephen King
Level 7 - Mordechai Roshwald
The Last Ship - William Brinkley
War Day - Whitley Strieber & James Kunetka
Enemies: Foreign & Domestic - Matthew Bracken
Unintended Consequences - John Ross
Patriots- Surviving the Coming Collapse - John Wesley Rawles
Crossing the Rubicon - Michael Ruppert
The Long Emergency - James Howard Kunstler
Twilight in the Desert - Matthew R. Simmons

Summer of the Apocalypse - James Van Pelt, I am reading this now and is excellent

Have on the shelf waiting:

Nature's End - Whitley Strieber & James Kunetka
The Plot against America - Philip Roth
World Made by Hand - James Howard Kunstler

I'd be happy to hear any input on the above texts or any others.

Posted by: TheSock

Re: Some good reading, I think - 03/01/08 04:07 PM

I found 'Natures End' to be virtually unreadable. Strange as 'Warday' is brilliant.
The Sock
Posted by: TheSock

Re: Some good reading, I think - 03/01/08 06:30 PM

Here's the start of a thread i began on the 24th of february about how close we came to the scenario in Warday (the russians launch a first strike, because they are terrified we are about to do so). Some VERY scary replies I got from people who were on the inside of the nuclear face off..
The Sock


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Loc: London England For all those who scoff at the idea of The End Of The World As We Know It actually happening (and I'm the worst offender).
Did anyone see the terrifying documentary on UK tv a few weeks back about November 1983. The Russians took our sabre rattling at face value and decided a paper Nato exercise (no troops were actually being moved) was a real attack and we were about to launch a nuclear strike.
They were minutes away from beating us to it. The Politburough were in a fall out shelter. The subs were all under the ice cap, the SS20s hidden in the forests and the nuclear bombers were on the runways with engines running.
Their spys in Nato managed to persuade them there was no evidence of anything unusual happpening there and they came back from the brink.
Gordonovski the famous 'spy who saved the world' told the west how close it had come and we put our sabres back in our scabbards. Scary stuff
The Sock
Posted by: MoBOB

Re: Some good reading, I think - 03/01/08 06:41 PM

Some other good reading, on the lighter side, is Pat McManus. Plenty of situations to learn about being prepared/equipped.
Posted by: Susan

Re: Some good reading, I think - 03/02/08 03:11 AM

I read 'Earth Abides' many years ago. I found the main character to be quite annoying. Just a few people left on Earth, and here we have a... philosopher. pffffttt!

At least the guy in 'Alas, Babylon' did things.