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Posted: 8/14/2010 12:48:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/14/2010 12:48:31 PM EDT by JCKnife]
I really enjoyed Alas, Babylon even though it was set in the 50's. Good characters, good writing. Easy read, a little too short IMO.

Right now I'm reading Patriots and I sure hope it gets better. It's like someone took a to-do list:

Store ammo
Turn a bronco into a BOV
Learn to do a blood transfusion

...and put character names in the middle of the list:

T.K. decided to store ammo.
Todd turned a bronco into a BOV.
Mary said, "Thank God I learned to do a blood transfusion!"

I sure hope it gets better.
Link Posted: 8/14/2010 12:58:45 PM EDT
Yeah, it pretty much is a how to book with some names thrown in.

If I had a shitload of money and all my friends had a shitload of money, I might have something set up like that.
Link Posted: 8/14/2010 1:34:32 PM EDT
Alas Babylon is one of my favorite books. I read it shortly after it was released (I am that old) and I would reread it every couple of years. It made a big impression on me prepwise.

It looks like my 14-year-old grandson will be staying with us more or less permanently so it is on his reading list as well as One Second After. The odd thing about him is that I didn't have much contact with him over the last two years but when he came to stay this time, he started telling me that he felt "something bad" was going to happen and we needed to be ready for it. I was like .
Link Posted: 8/14/2010 3:11:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/14/2010 5:16:25 PM EDT
Sounds like you need to go out and buy Atlas Shrugged...it is a good read and will take more than a few days to finish.
Link Posted: 8/14/2010 5:45:42 PM EDT
i enjoyed patriots; also read one second after, not as good as patriots. last night i bought 1984.
Link Posted: 8/14/2010 6:14:33 PM EDT
Wow, two of my favorites right there: Lucifer's Hammer and Atlas Shrugged!

Hammer is a decent end of the world novel, one of my favorites!

Funny, but I never thought of Atlas Shrugged as a SHTF novel, but come to think of it, it really is.

First and foremost though, it is a life changing philosphical experience. But no short read. Worth it though.

Get and read both!



Link Posted: 8/14/2010 6:21:44 PM EDT
Don't forget:
Enemies; Foreign and Domestic - Matthew Bracken
Unintended Consequences - John Ross
A Well Regulated Militia - John Carpenter
Operation Serf - Chris Sullins

Also good reads.

M590man
Link Posted: 8/14/2010 7:51:39 PM EDT
Lucifer's Hammer
Alas, Babylon
On The Beach
The Road
One Second After
Patriots
World Made by Hand
Year Zero
Earth Abides

All good TEOTWAWKI books

Then there are all the Zombie Apocalypse Books. :)
Link Posted: 8/14/2010 7:58:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/14/2010 7:59:25 PM EDT by MGNiko]
I love Lucifers Hammer!

But my favorite SHTF books are:

The Collapse (by Jeff Stanfield) was an online book at Frugal's called Lost in Alabama that went to print. Think you can get it via Amazon. Great read.
Lights Out, probably the best, by our own Halffast, not sure if still available online or he has pulled copies to take it to print.
Aftermath...what's to say about Aftermath. I have read it at least a 6 times since it was first written 5-7 years ago. Great story, you just need to stomach the sex parts This is also online.
Link Posted: 8/14/2010 8:29:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MGNiko:
I love Lucifers Hammer!

But my favorite SHTF books are:

The Collapse (by Jeff Stanfield) was an online book at Frugal's called Lost in Alabama that went to print. Think you can get it via Amazon. Great read.
Lights Out, probably the best, by our own Halffast, not sure if still available online or he has pulled copies to take it to print.
Aftermath...what's to say about Aftermath. I have read it at least a 6 times since it was first written 5-7 years ago. Great story, you just need to stomach the sex parts This is also online.

Is that the Aftermath written by Lavar Burton?
Link Posted: 8/14/2010 10:30:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/14/2010 10:32:43 PM EDT by MGNiko]
Originally Posted By caduckgunner:

Originally Posted By MGNiko:
I love Lucifers Hammer!

But my favorite SHTF books are:

The Collapse (by Jeff Stanfield) was an online book at Frugal's called Lost in Alabama that went to print. Think you can get it via Amazon. Great read.
Lights Out, probably the best, by our own Halffast, not sure if still available online or he has pulled copies to take it to print.
Aftermath...what's to say about Aftermath. I have read it at least a 6 times since it was first written 5-7 years ago. Great story, you just need to stomach the sex parts This is also online.

Is that the Aftermath written by Lavar Burton?


No, it was written by a guy on a porn website in their fiction section


ETA: Al Steiner was the author.
Link Posted: 8/14/2010 11:51:35 PM EDT
Patriots has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. You may as well quit reading since you know the story already OP
Link Posted: 8/15/2010 1:49:25 AM EDT
Good to hear, I just purchased that book recently for a summer read. I second "One Second After" as well, def a good SHTF book.

Another good SHTF scenario based book but on a technological level is "Daemon" by Daniel Suarez. Just finished reading it. Needless to say it was a very good read. If technology is your thing, you may find it interesting.
Link Posted: 8/15/2010 3:03:29 AM EDT
lost in bama was good , one of the 1st online deals i read besides lights out,
Link Posted: 8/15/2010 5:41:20 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Edvvard:
Patriots has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. You may as well quit reading since you know the story already OP



I totally concur. Rawles is a hack.

One Second After was so much better. It was written by a real writer, hehe.

I can't stress enough my belief that reading the Foxfire books will make you a better survivalist. Having knowledge of how the Appallachian folk conducted their everyday living will definitely get us through times of trouble.

I also believe that books related to Amish studies are very valuable to read. The Amish have successfully separated themselves from the rest of the world for over 300 years. There has to be a storehouse of good info there.

Lastly, anything that you can read that will show you how to live better without electricity or technology is worthwhile. I know a trapper in Idaho that is just as happy and safe living in his teepee as he is in his modest cabin. I think that going this route towards better living without the modern conveniences is a more solid approach to sustainability in a TEOTWAWKI situation than depending on electricity and petroleum. Its kind of like Dual Survival in a way. Canterbury would stockpile gasoline and diesel fuel to run his big trucks, and Lundin would simply go without them, believing they are not necessary to live a happy life.

Sorry if I got preachy here. I do tend to ramble a bit.
Link Posted: 8/15/2010 1:26:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By OKIE-CARBINE:
i enjoyed patriots; also read one second after, not as good as patriots. last night i bought 1984.


Not sure if serious.

Link Posted: 8/15/2010 1:45:17 PM EDT
One Second After was good and takes place within ten miles of me. Adds an interesting dimension when events are taking place in real places to you.

Waiting for Lights Out to come out. Anyone have an update?
Link Posted: 8/15/2010 1:50:10 PM EDT
World War Z is a great book. Not exactly how to like some of the others. Patriots was.... Ok but I didn't like how slow it was in the beginning & all of a sudden everything starts happening at once. Almost like someone said "ok you need this amount of pages" & he had to end it quick. I'll have to get some of the other ones mentioned as I haven't read them yet. I still like Lord of the Flies too.
Link Posted: 8/16/2010 5:43:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By protus:
lost in bama was good , one of the 1st online deals i read besides lights out,




I am not familiar with Lost in Bama. Where would one find this online.
Link Posted: 8/16/2010 7:02:01 AM EDT
Originally Posted By smaddox:
Originally Posted By protus:
lost in bama was good , one of the 1st online deals i read besides lights out,




I am not familiar with Lost in Bama. Where would one find this online.



Yeah, if anyone has a PDF...

Link Posted: 8/16/2010 7:03:57 AM EDT
It would be fairly dated now, but I remember enjoying "War Day" by Whitely Strieber and James Kunetka. It was written back in the 80s before the Soviet breakup, and before Strieber went all "close encounters" with the alien stuff. I'll have to see if I can find that in my boxes of paperbacks and give it another read...
Link Posted: 8/17/2010 7:05:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By smaddox:
Originally Posted By protus:
lost in bama was good , one of the 1st online deals i read besides lights out,




I am not familiar with Lost in Bama. Where would one find this online.


http://www.frugalsquirrels.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=64;t=000175

Google is your friend...
Link Posted: 8/18/2010 1:41:17 PM EDT
Need to pick a few of these that I missed.

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Link Posted: 8/18/2010 5:25:39 PM EDT
One Second After has been the best book I've read in a while

Lucifer's Hammer is terribly slow. Hard to finish it. As soon as I do, I'll be on to Alas, Babylon
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 6:19:59 PM EDT
The book that first got me interested in survival 12 or 13 years ago when I was in middle school was Hatchet by Gary Paulson. It's a great read - meant for young adults but good for everyone.

It's about a kid who's in a single engine plane going over the Canadian wilderness when the pilot has a heart attack and the plane crashes in a lake. His only survival tool is... wait for it... a hatchet It describes his struggle to survive and get rescued.

Good stuff, and there are a couple sequels.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 6:42:36 PM EDT
Lucifer's Hammer was a bit of a sleeper and Patriot's while insightful at times, was frought with too much goverment conspiracy focus for my liking and a plot that was fairly erratic.
Link Posted: 8/24/2010 5:49:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheMountaineer:
The book that first got me interested in survival 12 or 13 years ago when I was in middle school was Hatchet by Gary Paulson. It's a great read - meant for young adults but good for everyone.

It's about a kid who's in a single engine plane going over the Canadian wilderness when the pilot has a heart attack and the plane crashes in a lake. His only survival tool is... wait for it... a hatchet It describes his struggle to survive and get rescued.

Good stuff, and there are a couple sequels.

For me it was My Side of the Mountain. Been reading that to the kids lately––it seems to hold up well.


Link Posted: 8/24/2010 6:27:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By JCKnife:

Originally Posted By TheMountaineer:
The book that first got me interested in survival 12 or 13 years ago when I was in middle school was Hatchet by Gary Paulson. It's a great read - meant for young adults but good for everyone.

It's about a kid who's in a single engine plane going over the Canadian wilderness when the pilot has a heart attack and the plane crashes in a lake. His only survival tool is... wait for it... a hatchet It describes his struggle to survive and get rescued.

Good stuff, and there are a couple sequels.

For me it was My Side of the Mountain. Been reading that to the kids lately––it seems to hold up well.




I can remember my mom talking about it (she used to be a 7th grade English teacher) and I recognize the cover, but I don't think I've ever read it. I'll have to check it out. There's probably a copy somewhere in my parent's basement - I'll have to see next time I'm up there.
Link Posted: 8/24/2010 6:30:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/24/2010 6:30:56 PM EDT by DrunkTank]
while not a total survival type book... Enemies Foreign and Domestic by Matthew Bracken is proving to be a really good read! I ordered all three books in the series.... figured itd be a crap shoot but now Im really happy I did!

http://www.enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 12:21:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2010 12:21:47 PM EDT by JCKnife]
If anyone wants my copy of Rawles' Patriots, IM me your address and I'll mail it to you.

As I said before, as a novel it sucks. I did begrudgingly finish it just for the info contained in it. But if you like story and characters, look elsewhere.

Link Posted: 9/12/2010 12:48:08 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BlazerGuy:
Originally Posted By smaddox:
Originally Posted By protus:
lost in bama was good , one of the 1st online deals i read besides lights out,




I am not familiar with Lost in Bama. Where would one find this online.


http://www.frugalsquirrels.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=64;t=000175

Google is your friend...


But that website isn't.

Link Posted: 9/12/2010 12:49:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MidwestJ:
One Second After has been the best book I've read in a while

Lucifer's Hammer is terribly slow. Hard to finish it. As soon as I do, I'll be on to Alas, Babylon


I found Lucifer's Hammer slow until the comet hit. Then the action got pretty fast.

Link Posted: 9/12/2010 1:48:51 PM EDT
"Patriots" wasn't as bad as some say. It did have a few good points.

"One second after" was a more entertaining read, but not as educational. I am very glad I don't have kids with type 1.

"The Road", this one I don't get. If someone could explain to me all the hype behind this crappy book, I would appreciate it. I took very little from this book other than in a post apocalyptic world, it's gonna suck and you're gonna be walking a lot. I have sons, so I got the heartwrenching part of it. But that's about it.

"Atlas Shrugged" was probably the best book I've read in a long, long time. It's a commitment, but well worth it. It has some tedious parts, but well worth the read.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 2:04:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By FourDeuce:
Originally Posted By BlazerGuy:
Originally Posted By smaddox:
Originally Posted By protus:
lost in bama was good , one of the 1st online deals i read besides lights out,




I am not familiar with Lost in Bama. Where would one find this online.


http://www.frugalsquirrels.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=64;t=000175

Google is your friend...


But that website isn't.




Here is the print version. Support the author & pony up the $ to buy a copy

The Collapse (AKA Lost in Alabama)
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