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Tattoo by Michelle Rene

I was given a copy of this novella to review (although my views are my own). It’s published by Annorlunda Enterprises, a small-press publisher that focuses on stories that make you think.

Published: 2018 (today is the release day, in fact!)

Genre: maybe post-apocalyptic fiction? It was Judgement Day that happened, not the apocalypse, but it changed everything

Length: 152 pages

Setting: a generic city, near future Continue reading


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The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

This is book two in the Dark Tower series.

Published: 1987

Genre: post-apocalyptic fiction/dark fantasy

Length: 399 pages

Setting: Mid-World and 1980s in our world, immediately after the events of The Gunslinger Continue reading

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Pretties by Scott Westerfield

This is the second book in the Uglies series. Mr. Curiosity started reading the series and I decided to try to finish the series while the book was in the house.

Published: 2005

Genre: dystopian YA

Length: 370 pages

Setting: New Pretty Town, soon after the events of Uglies

Font: Berkely Book Continue reading

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Last One Out by K. B. Rylander

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: July/August 2016 in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Genre: post-apocalyptic science fiction

Setting: Sweden, near future

Summary: The story is told from the viewpoint of Filip, a Stationary CompanionApp, as he relates to Ella, his elderly human companion. It seems that the world was struck by a killer virus, and years later, everything is still in quarantine. Filip has tried to get Ella off the little Swedish island she’s currently on, or access to her drugs, but has had no success. Things change when he’s able to contact a supercomputer who turns off the quarantine conditions and teaches Filip how to import his consciousness into a Go-Machine.

Final thoughts: An interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world. Ella is alone, except for the bots that continue to maintain the cities and town. Filip has enough consciousness to worry about Ella, but not enough to come up with a good solution. Moving into the Go-Machine changes his perspective and his interactions with the world, and seems to open up more creative aspects of his personality. He still doesn’t understand music, although Ella keeps trying. Overall, a thoughtful piece with a touch of hope at the end.

Title comes from: According to an interview with the author, it refers to the phrase, “Last one out, turn the lights off.” Ella was the last one out, but she hadn’t turned the lights off because the bots were still out there.

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

I read this back when it came out in 2006. It made a lot of critic’s “Best of 2006” lists, which put it on my radar. Plus, I’ve read his Border Trilogy and liked his sparse writing style. I decided to give it a try.

Published: 2006

Genre: post-apocalyptic fiction

Length: 287 pages

Setting: near future, it felt like California but it was definitely in the U.S. Continue reading

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I’ve heard good things about this book in various places, but I put it on my TBR list after listening to episode 17 of the What Should I Read Next podcast. I decided it had been a while since I’d read a post-apocalyptic book and it was time to check it off my reading list.

Published: 2014

Genre: post-apocalyptic fiction

Length: 333 pages

Setting: various places in North America, near future Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #31: from the Modern Mrs. Darcy

Between listening to What Should I Read Next and reading Modern Mrs. Darcy’s blog, I could keep my to-be-read list in an ever-growing state of wishing for more time. I’ll share a few of the books I’ve recently been interested in from her site.

I try not to add every book I hear Anne describe on her podcast, but she’s great at making books sound interesting. For the one-year anniversary (episode 62), Anne gathered suggestions from the listeners of what she should read next. I thought several of the books sounded good, including: Continue reading

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