Posts Tagged ‘post-apocalyptic’

The Walking Dead Compendium Vol. 1

December 5, 2012

Title: The Walking Dead Compendium (Vol.1 issues 1-48)

Author: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

Genre: horror, comic

Publisher: Image Comics

Publication Date: 2009

Pages: 1088

Geographic Setting: Georgia

Time Period: Post Apocalyptic

Series: yes- Walking Dead

Summary: Officer Rick Grimes and his family, as well as a rag-tag group of refugees, have to survive in a zombie infested world.

Subject Headings: zombie apocalypse

Appeal Terms: tense, suspenseful, dystopian world, horrific, supernatural, comic to tv show, survival, graphic, detailed, post-apocalyptic, zombies, bloody, atmospheric, character centered, dark, gritty, violent.

My Three: suspenseful, horrific, survival

Similar Fiction:

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (Crown:NewYork, 2006)
A Survivor-eye’s view of the conflict between zombies and humans. If you want a book that is a cross between fiction and nonfiction, and has a touch of history, this is one to try.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (Quirk Books, 2009)
The Jane Austen classic with a twist. For those who want to try something different when moving away from the tried and true.

Zombie, Ohio by Scott Kenemore (Skyhorse, 2011)
Told from the zombie’s point of view, Peter Mellor, a college professor, tries to solve his own murder. Interesting because the main character can still pass for human.

Similar Nonfiction:

So Now You’re a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead by John Austin (Chicago Review Press, 2010)
Like the title says, this is a guide to being a zombie. Not meant to be taken seriously, but could be a nice reference book.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies! A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols by Michael P. Spradlin (William Morrow Publishing, 2009)
A spoof of favorite Christmas songs filled with zombies and other horrific bits. If you liked Nightmare Before Christmas, try this one for giggles.

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (Three Rivers Press, 2003)
What started out as the basis of an SNL skit turned into a fully comprehensive guide to surviving a zombie attack. Deadpan humor and extremely detailed. Bonus points that this is written by Mel Brooks’ son.

Name: Jennifer

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

October 28, 2009

Author: Philip K. Dick

Title: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication Date: 1968

Number of Pages: 244

Geographical Setting: Mainly post-apocalyptic San Francisco but also Seattle and rural Oregon.

Time Period: 2021

Series: No.  However, K.W. Jeter wrote a SF series of sequels to Blade Runner, the movie based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Plot Summary: The year is 2021, and World War Terminus has killed millions, driven countless species into extinction, and forced much of mankind to colonize Mars with the help of androids.  Those remaining on Earth are at constant risk from radioactive fallout and try to distract themselves from their grim lives by dialing up emotions on their mood organs, following the new religion of Mercerism, and caring for rare and much-coveted living animals.  One of these remaining Earthlings is Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter who works for the San Francisco Police Department.  With androids banned from Earth for fear of the havoc they could wreak, Deckard’s job is to track and “retire” any illegal android immigrants from Mars.  When reports are received of eight new android fugitives on Earth, Deckard is sent to track them down, but there is a problem.  The Rosen Association’s new Nexus-6 android is so human-like that the Voigt-Kampff empathy test is potentially worthless in helping to differentiate them from humans.  As Deckard enters on his mission, many questions are raised:  What if the Voigt-Kampff test fails, and he mistakenly “retires” a human?  Can he outwit such sophisticated androids who are willing to fight for their survival?  What should he make of his complicated feelings for the Rosen Association’s android Rachael?  Most importantly, however, will Deckard make enough bounty to finally trade his electric sheep for a real one?

Subject Headings: Androids — California;  Bounty hunters — California;  Detectives — Los Angeles, California;  Twenty-first century;  Deckard, Rick;  Dystopias;  Los Angles, California;  Science fiction, American.

Appeal: engrossing, fast-paced, intriguing characters, cinematic, complex, plot twists, inventive, thought-provoking, urban, futuristic, post-apocalyptic, dangerous, suspenseful, speculative, satirical, philosophical, psychological, concise, direct and accessible language.

Three terms that best describe the book: Fast-paced, Futuristic, Philosophical

Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Hydrogen Steel by K.A. Bedford — Former homicide detective Zette McGee is called out of retirement to help an android friend accused of murdering his family.  Efforts to clear her friend’s name take Zette deep into space to confront the powerful artifical intelligence Hydrogen Steel as well as her recent realization that she too is an android.  (plot twists, thought-provoking, suspenseful, futuristic, philosophical, intriguing characters, artificial intelligence)

Chimera by Will Shetterly — In a grim twenty-first century, androids and humans genetically crossed with animals serve as slaves for the rest of mankind.  When a cheetah woman asks PI Chase Maxwell for protection against a wrongful murder conviction, a thrilling sci-fi mystery begins that explores the definitions of freedom and humanity.  (plot twists, though-provoking, suspenseful, philosophical, futuristic, fast paced, intriguing characters, artificial intelligence)

Man vs. Machine edited by Martin H. Greenberg & John Helfers —  This themed anthology of fifteen short stories explores a future world where humans must interact and compete with computers who achieve genuine Artificial Intelligence.  Includes stories by Jean Rabe, Simon Brown, Ed Gorman, and Rick Hautala.  (futuristic, artificial intelligence, thought-provoking, complex, inventive, speculative, philosophical)

Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Edison’s Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life by Gaby Wood —  This NY Times Notable Book from 2002 explores the efforts of humans over the past three centuries to build machines that resemble themselves.  Included are examinations of human-like mechanical flute and chess players from the 18th century and a robotic duck that fooled and fascinated Europe.  This book’s exploration of actual efforts at artificial intelligence compliments Dick’s speculative look at a future with androids.

The Seekers: A Bounty Hunter’s Story by Joshua Armstrong with Anthony Bruno —  This fascinating memoir tells the story of a New Jersey-based team of bounty hunters who capture 85% of their fugitives using spiritual, non-violent methods.  Although Rick Deckard often violently “retires” his targeted fugitives, the spiritually informed bounty hunting in this book resembles Deckard’s changing attitude toward his job as he begins feeling empathy for androids.

I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey Into the Mind of Philip K. Dick by Emmanuel Carrere —  Written by critically-acclaimed French author Carrere, this biography of Philip K. Dick traces the sci-fi author’s traumatic early life, drug experimentation, and multiple marriages.  It also, and most importantly, looks at the philosophies and creative inspirations that influenced Dick’s more than fifty novels including Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Name: Russ