The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 11

The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 11

Carl suggests to his father that it might be time for him to step down as their group leader in The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 11 titled I Ain’t a Judas. Rick might be coming around though, as his hallucinations seem to be subsiding thanks to the supply of Haldol that Hershel found in the prison infirmary (just kidding, about the Haldol part¬†ūüôā ) Andrea struggles¬†with her loyalties¬†to both Woodbury and her old friends and at least temporarily makes her choice near the end of the episode. A semblance of cooperation returns to the prison survivors¬†as Beth (Maggie’s sister) starts¬†singing a haunting rendition of Tom Waits’ song Hold On that echos through in the prison corridors. I’m a big fan of musical endings and this is a good one, reminiscent of the Bob Dylan’s Tomorrow is a Long Time at the end of the first season as the CDC building burns. Incidentally,¬†a Soundtrack for The Walking Dead is available now for pre-order through this link¬†and also on itunes. If you missed this episode, watch it through the link below.

The Day

Premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in 2011, The Day is a Canadian independent¬†post apocalyptic film¬†that follows¬†a group of desperate survivors that get caught in a trap set by tribal cannibals. For those of you familiar with The Road, the atmosphere and setting to this story is quite similar. It is set in a bleak and desolate world¬†that has¬†been¬†left barren¬†by¬†some unknown¬†catastrophe. I thought of this movie as taking place in the same world as The Road with a different set of characters in perhaps a different part of the world. Taking this movie for what it is, I enjoyed it. It does have some logic problems though.¬†For example,¬†why does this tribe of cannibals keep coming after a group that has guns. I mean almost all of them are killed as they approach the house in waves but they just keep coming. Why would they risk the lives of so many of their own clan to get just a few people. After 10 years of post apocalypse survival surely they would learn that only practical energy is worth expending or they would have perished already? Considering that this is an independent film without a big Hollywood budget, this film isn’t bad. If you need a break from zombies and¬†want a fix of doom and gloom, The Day might be for you. Beware though, these cannibals aren’t much smarter than zombies.

A Canticle for Leibowitz

A Canticle for Leibowitz

Considered to be a science fiction classic, Walter Miller’s A Canticle For Leibowitz, first published in 1960, is one of the best known post apocalyptic novels.

Spanning some 2000 years into the future, its vast sense of scope and depth is mesmerizing. Worthy of dissection in a literature class, the treasures are plentiful in these pages and clearly beyond the scope of this short review.

After a full-scale nuclear war, a small order of Catholic Monks¬†strive¬†to preserve¬†a collection of¬†scientific and historical records for posterity. This small monastery, located in the southwestern United States, struggles for centuries to preserve and protect the remnants of a forgotten age. Initially, the monastery¬†is organized to¬†safeguard¬†scientific¬†records¬†during the violent¬†anti-technology backlash that follows the great “Flame Deluge”.

Later, over the centuries, documents and parts of ancient books are carefully preserved from decay through the passing of time. The story progresses through several eras covering a nearly 2000 year time span. 

Often viewed as¬†a cautionary tale, A Canticle for Leibowitz¬†explores the repetitive nature of the rise and fall of civilizations and the inevitable destruction that seems to be the pinnacle of mankind’s technological progress. Obviously, the story is religiously oriented though it does not promote any particular religion. In fact,¬†the bureaucracy of the Catholic Church is often the¬†object of the author’s discourse. Some of the extensive Latin dialogue and references may be considered tedious by some, however,¬†it¬†does add¬†to the grand scope of the book.

While A Canticle for Leibowitz is not light reading, it is brimming with insight, satire and imagination and is certainly a must read for connoisseurs of apocalyptic & post-apocalyptic fiction.

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The Fall Tales from the Apocalypse

The Fall Tales from the Apocalypse

The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse is an enjoyable collection of speculative short stories featuring a fine variety of different apocalyptic scenarios.  Zombies, plague, solar flares, collapse, alien invasions, even an ancient apocalypse from the perspective of a long dead medicine man. While each of these stories share an apocalyptic element, they are otherwise quite unique in terms of structure, style and setting. 

Reading The Fall was an interesting experience. By viewing the apocalypse from so many different perspectives one sees that the apocalyptic story is indeed as old as death itself. These are tales about death but also offer a glimmer of hope for a potential rebirth. 

A few of these apocalyptic short¬†stories are worthy of special mention. These¬†include Hairline Cracks, WWBBCDITZA and The Last Sacrifice. Ryan Graudin’s¬†Hairline Cracks gives us an entirely new angle on the zombie phenomenon, suggesting that a connection remains between the souls of the living and their reanimated corpses. WWBBCDITZA¬†(which stands for What Would¬†A Big Black Cat Do In The Zombie Apocalypse) is a¬†clever story, written¬†by A.M. Supinger,¬†that speculates on the role of a warrior cat amongst¬†the walking dead.¬†Judy Croome’s The Last Sacrifice leaves us wondering just how many times people have been at the edge of the fall of their civilization and wondered what might come after?¬†Ranging from sorrowful to light-hearted,

The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse is a very thoughtful and entertaining collection of stories that will appeal to quite a wide audience.

W1CK

w1ck

Written as a prequel to The Last Pilgrims, W1CK is a compelling story that takes place just days before the devastating apocalyptic war that leads to the return of a new Dark Age. Though W1CK started as a short story, Michael Bunker and Chris Awalt have created a thoroughly entertaining and surprisingly thoughtful and contemplative apocalyptic novel.

W1CK begins as Clay Richter, a disenchanted widower, makes his way through the devastation and aftermath left by Hurricane Sandy as he travels to his country home in Ithaca, New York. Unfortunately, Clay, who is hopelessly unprepared for his journey, stumbles upon a decades old plot, set in motion by secret forces in the former Soviet Union, to destroy the United States. This dark apocalyptic conspiracy is depicted through a steady stream of colorful metaphors and dialogue, creating a deeply human story.

In some ways W1CK¬†is a fictional¬†exploration of the very notion of imprisonment. Initially Clay seeks¬†to escape an invisible prison ruled by consumerism. Later, through a series of unfortunate events,¬†he finds himself¬†in an actual prison filled with dangerous sociopaths. Through¬†his imprisonment, Clay¬†has an epiphany of sorts and¬†realizes¬†that he is indeed imprisoned mainly by his own desires. Regardless of ones political or religious views, isn’t it,¬†in fact our desire for safety and comfort that is the very structure of our jail cell? One of the very causes of our suffering is our constant struggle to escape from suffering. (as if spoken by the Buddha¬†himself! ūüôā )¬†

Conspiracy, espionage, survival and understanding in the early days of the apocalypse, W1CK is quite an enjoyable and insightful book that I can easily recommend.

 

Author Sites

A Listing of Apocalyptic Fiction Author Sites and Blogs

299 Days – Glen Tate’s Frequently Updated Blog on¬†the 299 Days Series

Adrian’s Undead Diary

John Phillip Backus Blog – Author of After the Fall Series

Michael Bunker’s Site – Author of The Last Pilgrims

Don Chase’s Blog – Author of After the Storm

Bryan Cassiday’s Site – Author of the Chad Halverson zombie apocalypse series

Nick Cole’s Blog – Author of The Old Man and the Wasteland

Joseph Coley’s Site – Author of Six Feet From Hell

Ian Daniels Site – Author of Against the Grain

Ron Foster’s Blog – Author of The Prepper Trilogy

Archer Garret’s Site – Author of The Western Front

C. Chase Harwood – Author of Sudden Origin

G. Michael Hopf’s Site – Author of The End

Hugh Howey’s Blog – Author of the Wool series

M.L. Katz’s Blog – Author of Raft People

Stephen King’s Site

Stephen Konkoly’s Blog – Author of The Jakarta Pandemic

S.M. McEachern’s Site – Author of Sunset Rising

Maz Marik’s Site – Author of End Storm

Brian Parker’s Blog – Author of Gnash

Michael Poeltl’s Site – Author of An Angry Earth and The Judas Syndrome Trilogy

James Wesley Rawles’ Blog – Author of Patriots and Survivors

Dina Rae’s Blog – Author of The Last Degree

R.P. Ruggiero’s Blog – Author of Brushfire Plague

Julianne Snow’s Blog – Author of Days With the Undead

Joseph Souza’s Blog – Author of The Reawakening

Raymond Dean White – Author of The Dying Time Series

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To celebrate the start of a new year, we are running a giveaway for a great new compilation of apocalyptic short stories called The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse. This is an excellent short story collection featuring thirteen unique tales of destruction. We are giving away an electronic version of this book. Use the form below to enter the giveaway:

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