Your favorite survival / post-apocalyptic / lone adventurer books?

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  1. magilla

    magilla Chasing those soulful sounds. Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm looking for some recommendations!

    I'm particularly interested in realistic stories, where it's almost as if disaster hits this very second and I have to figure out what to do, but I'm open to everything.

    What do y'all got?

    Thanks!
     
  2. GAD

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    A couple of good ones are "Alas, Babylon" by Pat Frank, and "Farnham's Freehold" by Robert Heinlein. They are different, but both are excellent books.
     
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    The Road by Cormac Mccarthy is a great book about a father and his young son surviving in a post apocalyptic situation
     
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    The Wasteland Saga: Old Man and the Wasteland, The Savage Boy, The Road is a River
     
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    The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway is post apocalyptic Sci-Fi. Not my favourite genre, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.
     
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    They say Ridley Walker is a good book. I own it, but I've never been past page 20.
     
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    Totally agree ... totally was consumed by this novel.
    However, Robert Duval's improvised character in the movie was really a great addition ...
    I loved the book ... but also really, really liked the screenplay.
     
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    Stephen King's The Stand. :)
     
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    Robinson Crusoe.

    A Canticle For Liebowitz
     
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    Damnation Alley

    Lucifer's Hammer

    Sands of the Kalahari (survival, not apocal;yptic)
     
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    A very enjoyable book.
     
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    The Deathlands series are decent, if repetitive after the first six or so, for pulp post-apocalyptic reading.
     
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    One Second After by William Forstchen is probably the most realistic "what happens when a major disaster strikes" book I've ever read. I didn't become a "prepper" after reading this, but I did prepare.

    I also liked Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne. He is a retired military officer,


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  17. doctorx

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    One I like is Swan Song, by Robert R. McCammon. I think it's out of print but you can find it in a used book store. It's sort of a poor mans The Stand.


    I haven't read them but the Dies The Fire series by JM Sterling is said to be good. He also wrote a dystopian alternate history series called the Domination of the Draka, it's supposed to be pretty grim.
     
  18. Brazen

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    I have that book. Good stuff.
     
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    There is a biography (book and audio book) of Samuel Champlain entitled Champlain's Dream by David Hacket Fischer:

    http://www.amazon.com/Champlains-Dr...=1425139686&sr=8-1&keywords=champlain's+dream

    As an American, I'd heard of Champlain in grade school history. He always seemed like a lame explorer. He wasn't a Cortez or a Columbus. After reading the book, I realized that Champlain held his own among the best. He was not only accomplished, but also a man of principle and vision. The book tells of exploration, battle, and politics.

    There is only one known representation of what Champlain actually looked like, and it's about as accurate as a stick figure drawing. All of the paintings of him are fabrications. The one representation is a woodcut that Champlain made of himself. Family members of some of Champlain's Native friends were killed by a rival tribe. Champlain joined his friends on a revenge raid, and "brought a wheel-lock gun to an arrow fight". After winning the battle, he carved a depiction of the scene with himself in the center, kicking ass with the wheel-lock. In actuality, the gun wasn't as effective as one might think (wheel-locks were pretty primitive firearms).

    I'd recommend it.
     
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    The Stand
    The Road
    Morningstar Strain series
    World War Z (not the movie...the book was good)
     

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