Join us for a charming stroll a Radioactive wonderland as we do our first dual book discussion! Bring other apoca-lit titles to discuss and share.
Alas, bayblon by Pat Frank http://www.amazon.com/Alas-Babylon-Pat-Frank/dp/0060741872/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369334282&sr=8-1&keywords=alas+babylon
On the Beach by Nevil Shute http://www.amazon.com/Beach-Vintage-International-Nevil-Shute/dp/0307473996/ref=pd_sim_b_3
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Another nuclear holocaust story from the era (the most read from the year between On the Beach and Alas, Babylon) was Two Hours to Doom, also published as Red Alert. It was the basis for Dr. Strangelove and is available on Kindle today for $1.99.
0 · September 1, 2013
For depressing books it was a great funny meeting.
2 · July 26, 2013
And the last "funny" book, Year Zero, actually ended up with a pretty depressing discussion of copyright laws.
1 · July 31, 2013
Really enjoyed myself. Thanks for all the things Yall gave me to ponder....now I'm obsessing about radiation levels so thanks a bunch GEEKS(take it as a compliment) Peace
1 · July 26, 2013
That was an awesome discussion! So was the pre-discussion on dating, and the pre-pre-discussion on the "circle of shame!" :)
dang I missed the pre -pre- discussion on "the circle of shame"....enlighten? Not in the Michael Jackson sense but you know illuminate ...yep any way to get my name in.
0 · July 26, 2013
I enjoyed meeting everyone, it was a lively and fun discussion
So... I sprained my ankle on Sunday and, based on how little load it can bear today, I don't think I'll be driving tomorrow. In sum, unless someone is feeling particularly generous and wants to swing by Middle River twice tomorrow, I don't think I'll be at the Ivy to be punched for suggesting such a depressing novel.
0 · July 24, 2013
Not so easy. Though I can't pick you up I can setup a wireless conference phone and those who are sick or injured can dial in. I'll get you my bridge number shortly.
Hope you recover soon. I'm still working on Alas, Babylon but have enjoyed this pair - despite the depressing nature
1 · July 24, 2013
Hey weren't you guest leading tomorrow? I am in Essex, I can pick you up and drop you off at home.
It has been a really great paring, you can almost seen them as flip sides of the same story...almost.
I don't know what it is about me and birds but the scene in Alas Babylon with Florence, Alice and Randy about Florence's bird was funny. I was rolling. I'm not sure what was funnier, Randy finding out that Florence thought he was a peeking tom or Florence's reaction when she found out he wasn't.
1 · July 22, 2013
That was a surprising bit of human prior to the end of the world!
0 · July 23, 2013
1959 Movie for On the Beach can be watched on You Tube. Part 1: http://youtu.be/8mxvx9gQ8k0 Part 2: http://youtu.be/rn7JAE5D39o
They did a great job staying true to the book over all. I actually liked the book and the movie.
Not an important note: While reading the book I kept giving Moira a southern (as in South Carolina) accent rather than Australian. Movie had the similar issue with accents. Most of the actors had an America accent. Even the Australian Characters. That's the 50's for you.
1 · July 19, 2013
Thanks for the links, Lisa! Now that I've finished the book (and am full of depressive melancholy) I should futher my descent into despair by watching the movie, eg?
0 · July 22, 2013
In the newer film (which is terrible), they distinguish Dwight from the Aussies not by accent, but by making him a massive tool that randomly raises his voice in the middle of sentences.
The new version of the film was kind of an abomination, at least the part I saw.
Predictably, I've had this song in my head while reading both these books: Radioactive: http://youtu.be/ktvTqknDobUIt's not Taylor Swift, but I'll try to bring her into next month's theme if I can.
Has anyone else read 'A Gift upon the Shore' by M. K. Wren?
UNRELATED, but I thought today's XKCD might ring a few bells. I won't say any more on that topic: http://xkcd.com/1240/
Well played sir! And the corollary, any SF story is always about Schrödinger's cat .
2 · July 19, 2013
Just wanted to say that these two books make such a good pairing, Ben! Well done.
0 · July 20, 2013
I'm possibly not going to make this; depends on how I'm feeling by the time the 25th rolls around.
1 · July 15, 2013
Feel better Sue!
0 · July 19, 2013
On the Beach...not at the beach! ;)
1 · May 24, 2013
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