Isolation Reads

I’m getting a little bit more reading done these days but certainly watching more movies. Zombie Land followed by Shakespeare in Love, then Deadpool 1 & 2, finishing up with The Martian. This might be a good time to watch a long series. But are you stuck at home with no Netflix and no new books to read? Most public libraries have ebook lending processes. Check it out. And maybe read a few of these great plague books.

The Stand by Stephen King

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The first popular modern book to take up the pandemic idea and not add in zombies. A great look at society trying to restructure after a fall. Because people don’t get smarter just because they didn’t die of the virus.

Plague Ship by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul

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Hint: If you find a cruise ship adrift on the ocean, littered with bodies on the decks, to not engage. Repeat, do not — Oh, heck! Now you’ve done it. What is it about cruise ships that brings health issues come to light?

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse Book 1) by James S.A. Corey

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The first book is all about a bio-engineered illness. Also about aliens who dislike us without ever meeting us. And a captain who has few skills in diplomacy. I love these books and I expect I will be finding the TV series and watching it soon.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

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A government-sponsored plague, zombies controlled by someone, a group of survivors you will want to like, but don’t. They will most all be dead soon. Scary moments, perfectly constructed reveal, and probably no happy ending in the next book, either.

After the Outbreak by Dave Bowman

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I haven’t read this series but I think I want to. Three books in the series about ordinary people working out how to stay alive when things go apocalyptic. No mention of zombies, which is good. I belonged to the Society for Creative Anachronism years ago. We all learned to do things without electricity and without much in the way of modern conveniences. We felt we would all be the survivors when civilization collapsed. Good times, good times.

Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines

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Haven’t read it but how could you resist The Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse Book 1? There’s a virus and aliens and lots of wonderful shiny moments according to the blurb on Goodreads. Plus 4.04 rating out of 396 reviews. Golden!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame – Smith and Jane Austen

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Well, I didn’t care for Sense and Sensibility and Sea monsters, so I am not sure this one will be on my to-read list. Just listed it in case some of you missed the hype when it came out. You might like it if you are not a super Austen fan.

I am Legend by Richard Matheson.

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The novel was adapted to film in 1964 as The Last Man on Earth, in 1971 as Omega Man, and in 2007 as I am Legend, starring Will Smith. Very early horror and science fiction. At one of many science fiction conventions I was lucky enough to attend, I heard that “Richard Matheson has the heart of a 4-year-old child. Pickled on his mantle.” I believe it.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

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The movie was pretty good, I expect the book could be lots of fun. In a very dark way. The main character is named Max Brooks, a reporter who travels around collecting first-hand accounts of the war. Cute concept.

A Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

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This is an award-winning cover design

This novel produced chills, and not only because part of the story took place in the Antarctic. Overall, it’s a great read but skip the last few pages. Once the woman starts running naked across the ice, there’s no point in reading on.

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That ought to hold you for a while. Next month, I may look for funny apocalyptic stories because very soon we might all need a good laugh. Stay inside, read, wash your hands if you touch another person, and be kind to one another. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.

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