Finished the Road, on to Wastelands?

Well, the same day that I posted, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, I finished the book.  I stayed up till 2am because I couldn't stop reading.  Also, it too me a little longer than it normally would have because I kept having to get up to check on my two sons.  Not because they were restless but because the relationship between the father and the son, in The Road,  got to me that much.  This book might be one of the most realistic portrayals of the apocalypse that has even been written (or filmed, for that matter).  And, that realism hurts.  The tension and foreboding never let up and I found myself having to pause and take a breath.

I won't give anything away (surprise, surprise, I used to be the spoiler king!), but if you have children, expect The Road to really get to you.   Next thing you know, you'll be building bomb shelters and protective force fields in your backyard.  Just because you will never want to have your children to have to go through any of that nightmare.

Ugh.  So, now I need some post-apocalyptic, but somehow more light-hearted.  I did a brief look around and found Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse.  Has anyone read this collection?

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (Paperback)

6 thoughts on “Finished the Road, on to Wastelands?”

  1. I read Wastelands not too long ago. Though I have heard some people say the beginning is too slow and the first story boring I thought it to be a wonderful collection. The list at the back of the book is simply invaluable to anyone with interest in post-apocalyptic fiction.

  2. Read the road when it first came out. Now I love PA lit, but man, that was really heavy. Wonderfully written, but jeez! Talk about 1 nuclear bomb ruining your whole day! I’ve also read Wastelands (Night Shade Books is run by a guy I used to know). What a wonderful collection of stories! The saddest one was The People of Sand and Slag. (Forgot who the author is). A really great book! Also check out Zombies (also by Night Shade Books).

  3. Thanks for the recommendations! I’ll definitely check those out. I’m just about done with The Algebraist right now (not PA, but still awesome).

  4. Well there are couple classics you might like. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank and Earth Abides by George Stewart. Babylon was written in the late fifties and Earth in the late forties so they’re going to feel a bit dated. However they are interesting books. That is, of course, assuming you haven’t read them already.

  5. Glad to help out. Oh forgot to tell you. Babylon is about World War III and Earth Abides is about a survivor of a plague apocalypse.

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