Category: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

Greetings Bookworms! I’ve been on an Octavia Butler kick lately. After I read Fledgling (review) wherein Octavia Butler turned vampire lore upside down, I decided it was time to tackle dystopian/post apocalyptic Butler. When an author totally blows your mind in multiple genres (because Kindred too!), it only makes sense to explore their entire backlist of titles, right? Enter Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents. Parable of… Read more »

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The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Hidey Ho Bookworms! Have you ever thought to yourself, “there really should be more books centered on spontaneous human combustion”? I’m assuming you answered with a resounding “OBVIOUSLY” because why wouldn’t you? Well, you, me, and Joe Hill are totally on the same wavelength. If it weren’t for peer pressure, I probably never would have read The Fireman. Many thanks to Care for organizing the #FiremanAlong AND for sending out… Read more »

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Apocalyptic Fiction 101

Apocalyptic Fiction 101

Greetings Bookworms! Today I’m putting on the professor hat I will likely never wear otherwise and curating a list of books for my pretend syllabus. This is all the fault of The Broke and the Bookish who prompted the book blogosphere to create a syllabus for their imaginary master class in a certain genre. Or something like that. Let’s go back to school with some apocalyptic fiction, y’all. It’s Top… Read more »

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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Happy Monday Bookworms! I know Mondays are a total bummer, but they’re only 24 hours. Every day is, in fact, a gloriously predictable 24 hours. Unless, of course, you live in the world of my latest read, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. Ever wished there were more hours in a day? Better be careful what you wish for, Bookworms, because in this book, the Earth, for reasons… Read more »

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The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

Hello Bookworms, You know how sometimes you start a book only to put it down for like a month? Normally when I do that I never pick it up again and it lands on the stack of good intentions otherwise known as the DNF pile. Every once in a while, though, the big break in reading is a result of my schedule and not a waning interest in the book. It… Read more »

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The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey

The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey

Holy Macaroni, Bookworms. I’m not sure how coherent this post is going to be, because I’m still trying to figure out how to get my jaw off the floor. I recently decided to put my Audible subscription on hold because Scribd is a better deal for my voracious audio book appetite at this time. However, before pulling the proverbial plug, I needed to use up one last credit. I checked my… Read more »

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Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Happy Monday, Bookworms! Got a case of the Mondays? Perhaps you’re feeling a bit… zombie-like? You’re in luck, because today we’re going to talk about Colson Whitehead’s novel Zone One (yes, there are zombies!) As with any number of the books I read, I was recommended this book by the brilliant Sarah Says Read. That girl never steers me wrong. Zone One is set in the post zombie-apocalyptic world. The US government… Read more »

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The Leftovers by Tom Perotta

The Leftovers by Tom Perotta

Howdy Bookworms! It’s Monday again, and it seems like the best possible day of the week to discuss The Leftovers by Tom Perotta. It’s not exactly a happy-go-lucky book and Monday is basically the opposite of a happy-go-lucky day, so it makes sense. What makes less sense is taking The Leftovers on vacation as a poolside read, but I’ve never been one to make perfect decisions. The Leftovers takes place 3 years… Read more »

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Raaw-Oooh-Ugh-Blurgh (That’s Zombie for THE WALKING DEAD!)

Raaw-Oooh-Ugh-Blurgh (That’s Zombie for THE WALKING DEAD!)

Raaw-Oooh-Ugh-Blurgh Bookworms! Y’all know I love me some zombie lit. You may not know that AMC’s The Walking Dead was my gateway drug into zombie lore. Thus, it might come as a surprise that until recently I’d never read the comics. I KNOW! Thankfully, I remedied the situation (with the help of my indulgent Mother-in-Law who didn’t blink when I put The Walking Dead: Compendium One on my Christmas list.)… Read more »

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Good Morrow, Bookworms! I’m feeling rather Shakespearean today, and it’s the fault of Emily St. John Mandel’s new (and awesome) novel, Station Eleven. There’s been a lot of buzz floating around about this book, but don’t believe the hype. Well, no. DO believe the hype. But believe it because I said so. (Shhhh, it makes me feel important.)  Station Eleven explores a world twenty years after a flu pandemic knocks out 99%… Read more »

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