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Book Reviews: Wastelands 2, part 3 + A Necessary End

Wastelands 2: More Stories Of The Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams, part 3

The Elephants Of Poznan
By Orson Scott Card. A horrendous tale about the aftermath of a plague and elephants. This was terrible in every way.

The Postman
This inspired the Kevin Costner movie. 16 years after the end, Gordon staggers around the ruins of what was once North America. He finds a dead postman and a collection of mail sacks. Gordon decides to become a mailman, leading to him getting laid and helping to rebuild America. This was written in 1982 and shows it.

Best Lines:
“The late eighties’ depression riots.”

“My tooth powder!”

“He died a year after the war! In the last battle of the warehouses.”

When We Went To See The End Of The World
You can visit the end of the world. Various self obsessed 70s types do and overlook what is around them.

Best Lines:
“It looked like Detroit after the union nuked Ford.”

“Tom danced with Harriet even though he was married to her.”

“Somebody would probably shoot the new President too.”

“His factory had been blown up at Christmas in a peace demonstration.”

“Their younger boy came back from Texas with that new kind of Cholera.”

The Revelation Of Morgan Stern
A woman wonders why she survived. Weird and with a twist.

Final Exam
A multiple choice quiz on the end of a marriage and the end of the world. Okay.

A Flock Of Birds
The apocalypse and birds. Lame.

Patient Zero
He alone survives. Okay.

Soulless In His Sight
A wannbe gritty tale of survival. No.

Outer Rims
Idiotic multiple POV tale.

Advertising At The End Of The World

How The World Became Quiet: A Post-Human Creation Myth
Trees and bugs. Terrible.

Tight Little Stitches In A Dead Man’s Back
A rancid tale of awful psychosexual people.

After The Apocalypse
A displaced mother and daughter struggle to survive in the after. But the mother is increasingly tired of her useless whining mistake of a daughter. Good with a good ending.

The Traditional


Biographical Fragments Of The Life Of Julian Prince
A wikipedia page about an author who survived the Meyer Impact. Excellent.

A Necessary End by Sarah Pinborough and F. Paul Wilson
The flies are swarming, spreading plague as they go. Civilization is crumbling and only a few are left. Some find solace in God, some in anger and some in acceptance. This was a very good tale of the end. Shame about the horrible cover and spoiler filled rear page.

Best Lines:
“We can’t paint a man as a death-bringer who makes Hitler and Stalin look like pikers until we have a definite link.”

“He’s gone.”
“To the graveyard. Plague.”

“Might let death into the car.”

“Almost every alley he passed contained a rotting corpse or two.”

“They’re not looking very cured to me.”
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