Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Recomended Reading

I did promise a proper authors note, this is not it. Each time I sit down to write one I end up giving away too much of the plot of the next book. Instead, I am focusing my energies (mostly) on Book 3: Family.

I should add, for the record, that this is only a working title, though it works so well I doubt it will change. Whilst I’m doing that, I’m only giving myself a couple of hours a week for promotion, blogging and trying to fathom out how facebook works. I’m intending to migrate the blog to a proper website as soon as time allows (realistically this is going to be either February or March), which will have excerpts, authors notes and reviews of those books which everyone preparing for the apocalypse should keep close to hand. Until then, though, if you are looking for something to read, I would start with these three.

Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. Written in 1951, this is the original zombie story. Alright, so it features genetically modified, walking carnivorous plants, breed for their oil, but otherwise this is a novel of the undead.

The Death of Grass by John Christopher. Grass starts dying. All grass. Everywhere. And if you don't know how many plants are actually types of grasses, well, it means a global famine. The novel was written in 1956, but stands the test of time, with the decisions facing governments and individuals the same now as they were then.

Both of these have been adapted for the radio by the BBC (Triffids has been adapted three times, most recently by The World Service, as well as for TV and as a movie) and by CBC (I think), so depending on where you live it's worth keeping an eye on the listings for repeats.

The Earth Abides by George R Stewart. A virus kills off nearly everyone. Written in 1949, this is the story of one of the survivors, trying to come to terms with a nearly empty world whilst struggling to preserve some remnant of civilisation. If you're considering writing an apocalyptic story of your own, you really should read this book.

There was an adaptation of this in 1950, a two parter which was edited, somewhat, to match the broadcasting sensibilities of the day. However it is still worth listening to and, what's more, is available to download for free from the relic radio website.

OK, so if you start reading those, I'll get on with writing the next book, and I'll add some more recommendations as and when I have time.

Thanks again.
Frank.