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)