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#130701 - 04/21/08 02:18 PM Re: End of the World Fiction [Re: UTAlumnus]
Bear_Claw_Chris_Lapp Offline
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Registered: 08/23/07
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Originally Posted By: UTAlumnus
IIRC Wasn't "Lucifer's Hammer" the continuation of "Footfall"?


No, entirely separate story, with no relation other than authors.
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#130702 - 04/21/08 02:24 PM Re: End of the World Fiction [Re: Art_in_FL]
UTAlumnus Offline
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Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 988
Loc: East Tennessee near Bristol
It does. It's been about 20 yrs since I read it but IIRC the "foot" is an asteroid used for a dinosaur killer kinetic strike.

Edit:
Posts crossed paths. That cleared it up.


Edited by UTAlumnus (04/21/08 02:26 PM)

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#130796 - 04/22/08 07:28 PM Re: End of the World Fiction [Re: ChristinaRodriguez]
jcurphy Offline
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Registered: 03/27/08
Posts: 48
Loc: Iowa City, IA
Originally Posted By: Christina
Originally Posted By: TS_Shawn
I'm not a fan of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" but it did win a Pulitzer and made Oprah's Book Club. That book convinced me that there are disasters you don't want to survive.


Oddly enough, that is one of the reasons why I loved that book. I thought it was very powerful and beautifully written, even if it was incredibly bleak.

Thanks for the book recommendations, guys! I think I'll add these to my to-read shelf and the ETS Group on Goodreads.


I thought The Road was an excellent read to be sure, but it was insanely bleak... which makes you think that that was part of the author's purpose in writing it, to paint the worst case scenario imaginable for his audience. I won't spoil the ending for anybody, but suffice it to say that there remains a message of hope, or at least a grim recognition of the stubborn will of mankind to suffer and survive no matter what may come.

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#130800 - 04/22/08 07:43 PM Re: End of the World Fiction [Re: MichaelJ]
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Registered: 11/09/06
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Loc: La-USA
My offering is NOT "end of the world" fiction by any means.

The novel that really turned me onto the need to know about "survival" techniques and the desire to know more was:

"My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George

The illustrations are not all that great but they are sufficient where necessary to illustrate a point in the book. I first read this novel at about the 7th or 8th grade. It is written for that student reading level.

Let us not forget the classics of "Swiss Family Robinson" or "Robinson Caruso".
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#130806 - 04/22/08 09:15 PM Re: End of the World Fiction [Re: wildman800]
SHawk Offline
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Registered: 02/05/08
Posts: 19
Loc: Central Washington
One that kinda bogs down in the middle Is "Ill Wind" I can't remember the Authors, but it's about a bacteria that eats all the plastic.
Another good SF is Stirlings series that starts with "Dies the Fire" The Protector's War" and "Meeting in Corvalis". All good reads. My only problem with Stirling is he writes about how difficult it is to make a longbow but nothing about how hard it is to make straight arrows.

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#130813 - 04/22/08 11:05 PM Re: End of the World Fiction [Re: SHawk]
jimtanker Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 61
Loc: Fort Bragg, NC
Beleive it or not, "Battlefield Earth" is really a very good book about survival. The movie was OK but the book is really good. The movie is only about the first 1/4 or 1/3 of the book. Keeps getting better and better.
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#130921 - 04/24/08 02:05 AM Re: End of the World Fiction [Re: jimtanker]
Katie Offline
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Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 84
For non-EOTW, and non-fiction, a book I recently read (and recommend) is "Not Without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire" by Nicholas Howe. It could basically be retitled as "1001 ways to die on Mt. Washington," but it's a fun read.

I have my copy up for swap on paperbackswap.com if anyone here uses PBS.

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