Sunday, 9 January 2011
I picked up a brand new very long novel called "The Passage" by Justin Cronin this week. It's an excellent read of the post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy genre (as opposed to post-apocalyptic "hard" science fiction).
The book kept me up all night reading about the new interstate checkpoints for travel that were established in the wake of the terrorist massacre of 500 at the the Mall of the Americas. Of course when you get into glowing telepathic vampires that live long, have astounding strength and speed and don't eat much you are moving away from hard science fiction in my estimation. The vampires were created by the U.S. Army as part of an experiment to create nearly indestructible soldiers for the neverending wars in the middle east....
The last time I stayed up all night with a book was 1961 and "The Grapes of Wrath".
"The Passage" is in the same classification as Steven King's "The Stand". I also enjoyed "On the Beach" and "A Canticle for Liebowitz" (which I also reread last week after 40 years). These latter two are in the hard science fiction category with no glowing telepathic vampires. "World War Z" was also good as an apocalyptic novel about the spread of zombies as the result of a new disease out of Africa.
Other good Zombie novels include "The Walking Dead" by Kirkman and Bonansinga and "Zone one" by Colson Whitehead. I'm also hooked on the TV program called The Walking Dead and another one called Jerico.
I guess we should mention "Failsafe"; "I am Legend" and "The Road", but my all time favorite post-apocalyptic work is "The Last Ship" by William Brinkley.