Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence - the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon - these are our guides through the Wastelands.
From the Book of Revelation to The Road Warrior, from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving eschatological tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. In doing so, these visionary authors have addressed one of the most challenging and enduring themes of imaginative fiction: The nature of life in the aftermath of total societal collapse.
Gathering together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today's most renowned authors of speculative fiction - including George R. R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King - Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon. Whether the end of the world comes through nuclear war, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm, these are tales of survivors, in some cases struggling to rebuild the society that was, in others, merely surviving, scrounging for food in depopulated ruins and defending themselves against monsters, mutants, and marauders.
Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape, uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre's core.
©2008 John Joseph Adams (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
The book had some real awesome shorts and some real duds. I was torn on ★ rating. overall it was so up and down I couldn't hate it nor love it. Narration was also all over. I would say don't waste a copy edit and if you can buy for less than a 5 spot.
I love it when I have no idea what's going to happen next.
Yes. There are certain stories I would listen to again.
I loved the characters in the story about a virus that takes away everyone's ability to speak. Very creative.
Not that I know of, but there was only one narrator I didn't care for. In an anthology like this, having only one I don't like is pretty rare, so I consider this book a success!
I think I laughed a few times, and was certainly moved by a few of the stories, but no tears this time.
I would say that I loved about 3 stories, and that I liked about 75% of them. To me, that adds up to an anthology worth recommending, especially to anyone interested in all of the myriad ways we humans might react to life after the end of the world as we know it.
Some stories I just couldn't get into. I felt no empathy for the characters. Overall it was a good read, not great.
A collection of B-grade stories mostly set in post-apocalyptic earth, mostly near future / modern day with a couple of more science fiction settings that feel like 50's silver age; there is a distinct lack of zombies (at least so far, I'm 3/4 the way through as I type this). The narration is mostly top-notch, though I found myself gritting my teeth during stories narrated by Susan Hanfield. She has a decent tonal quality to her voice and good narrative timing, but butchers the pronunciation of nouns as if she were permanently stuck in her teenage years: "Best Ever" becomes "Bast Aver", "Bus" becomes "Boss", etc.
Recommended at 4 stars for genre fans; for the general reader, subtract another star.
no I do not think I would try another book by this author
written better stories,maybe that's a bit harsh they just weren't for me
the narrators were ok just poor stories
none that I can think of at the moment
not really maybe this kind of genre wasn't for me I like a story with background and an ending
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