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I see a lot of posts on serious, nonfiction books like Boy Scout Manual and Country Living, just to name a few. I love to read and I have consumed a ton of survival fiction over the years. What are your favorite Fiction reads on survival or prepper topics and why?

 

Here are a few from my library:

 

Wolf and Iron- nice description for setting up a backwoods blacksmith shop

 

One Second After- look at post EMP survival and community building

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I agree. Patriots is a very educational survival book written as fiction. Here's another: Holding Their Own by Joe Nobody. Joe also wrote to non-fiction book Holding Your Ground, and he incorporates some of his ideas from that volume here. This really hits home since the SHTF action is mostly set in Texas and the author set his protagonists' neighborhood near me in the north side of Houston. The main couple are heavy on weapons, light on food and learn to regret it. Good read with some neat ideas for hardening your home. I highly recommend it, especially to folks new to the prepping idea.

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The reason I wanted to start this thread was to get together all the fictional titles related to survival under one heading for reference purposes, and to see if I can find something new to add to my own library. Here are two more:

 

Long Voyage Back by Luke Rinehart - a little touchy-feely for me but still a good look at survival at sea post nuke. Written in 1983 so a little dated, but for those of us who can remember it is like a time capsule from the Cold War.

 

Avalon by Michael Rusin- survival group with a bug out location to die for; needs editing, good story overall.

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Autonomous,

Alas Babylon is one of my favorite books of all time. Not only as a story of survival, but also as a snapshot of society when the book was written.

 

Here's another one you guys might enjoy:

 

World Made By Hand by Kunstler: a chilling look at the country twenty years after peak oil and nuclear terrorism. Not flashy, but still scary.

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I just finished Harry Tutledove's new novel, Supervolcano: Eruption, which is apparently the first book in a new series from this prolific author. I recommend this not from a prepping prospective, since none of the characters seem capable of doing anything proactive, but as a glimpse of what could happen to the country should Yellowstone go boom in a big way. Very instructive, I thought.

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Here's another recommendation, (assuming anyone is reading this):

 

Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly is a realistic novel about how a group of neighbors deal with a global pandemic and the accompanying social disorder. I thought the author did a credible job of showing just how fragile society can be without falling back on the typical Mad Max storyline. The protagonist is a prepper set to bug in and the author illustrates the pitfalls of trying to aid the unprepared neighbors who are nontheless part of his survival plan. Get it from Amazon.

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I just finished John Grit's Apocalypse Law volumes I-II and I have recommend them to this forum. For Post pandemic survival fiction, these two small books pack a punch and both feature some good tips. The second book is almost all action, some of it unbelievable, but nice points regarding hardening the homestead and field expedient demo. Get them from Amazon before they run out!

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I'm gonna throw a girly book out here: We The Living. It's about post communist take over of Russia and what it was like trying to survive. Paints a haunting picture of starvation, struggle, and how far people will go to survive when individualism is a death sentence. Not as much about prepping as surviving. Got me to thinking of where I'd want to be in that scenario. Even the countryside was perilous.

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I'm gonna throw a girly book out here: We The Living. It's about post communist take over of Russia and what it was like trying to survive. Paints a haunting picture of starvation, struggle, and how far people will go to survive when individualism is a death sentence. Not as much about prepping as surviving. Got me to thinking of where I'd want to be in that scenario. Even the countryside was perilous.

 

Love Ayn Rand

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I have seen a couple of notes on here regarding the book Lights Out by David Crawford. If I have not recommended before, I am doing so now. Simple writing style, good pacing, and full of useful ideas, this book really is geared to the middle class prepper living in a suburban community. Really good example of how a community working together has the skills, manpower and firepower to survive.

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Got another one for you guys, hot off the presses, from Amazon. The Collapse by Jon King is an interesting look at the future in a financial meltdown of unprecendented proportions and of one average family caught up in the whirlpool. The subject family, the Wingates, are not preppers except in the loosest sense, but the patriarch of the family, Michael, becomes exposed to some of the "truth" out there and quotes some of the leading figures in the "Peak Oil" and "Credit Crunch" crowd. About midway through the book the reader gets to meet some real preppers and the difference between the two families is eye opening. I was particularly interested in the homesteading and permaculture set up we read about later in the book.

 

The book is a little uneven and the ending seemed to be a bit rushed (seemed like there was enough story to merit two books, not one), but overall I give it a thumbs up.

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Read an interesting read a few weeks ago that is a fairly new book. It's called Half Past Midnight by Jeff Brackett. The book is about a long-term prepper and his family making their way from Houston to a rural BOL, realizing that while they are prepared for a lot of things they still need to reach out to the community at large, and also how scary LEOs and paramilitary groups can be trying to seize power post-event. It's a real page-turner and has some interesting facts and scenarios in it.

 

Another interesting one is Blake Couch's Run, which isn't exactly prepping/survival fiction because the characters are fairly unprepared for everything and just have to, well, run for their lives. There's something going on in America where people are being hunted down and slaughtered for no apparent reason by fellow citizens. So a husband and wife and their two kids flee towards the hopeful safety of Canada, traveling from New Mexico into the Rockies, while they cross paths with what are basically organized MZB convoys and individual hunters. Completely terrifying and agonizing, I absolutely couldn't put it down.

 

For thinking about life years after TEOTWAWKI, try Maia Underwood's Surviving Passion. I mentioned this on another post because I think it might be a way for guys to help pique the interest of their wives/girlfriends who aren't that involved in prepping. It's technically a romance novel, although a lot of it is more of an adventure/survival novel. The main character is a young woman who forages alone in the southwest, hiding from the bands of men who travel together for fear (a justified fear) of what they would do to her if they caught her. She stumbles across a man who knows she'll die or worse if left on her own, so he forcibly takes her to the compound where he and others are slowly trying to rebuild a community. She finds love and danger in equal measure, but will she stay or will she run?

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This is a great thread. I love hatchet and Brian's winter (somewhat of a sequel). I am planing on

doing a small group reading with it next school year. Personally, I enjoy last man on Earth books.

So, my list is: I am legend, The Road, The Earth Abides, After London, The last Man on Earth,

Lucifer's Hammer.

DesertRat

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Thanks, guys. I am taking notes. I actually have Half Past Midnight on my Amazon list but I wanted to pick up something else with it to get the free shipping! I just finished the first three books in John O'Brien's New World series and I was blown away. Sort of a cross between a pandemic thriller and a zombie adventure (think 28 Days Later except mostly set in the US). Chilling and compulsively readable, the books this guy came out of nowhere to write a series that ranks up there with my all time favorites. Book Four is due out in March of this year. I can't wait.

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Here's another recommendation, (assuming anyone is reading this):

 

Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly is a realistic novel about how a group of neighbors deal with a global pandemic and the accompanying social disorder. I thought the author did a credible job of showing just how fragile society can be without falling back on the typical Mad Max storyline. The protagonist is a prepper set to bug in and the author illustrates the pitfalls of trying to aid the unprepared neighbors who are nontheless part of his survival plan. Get it from Amazon.

 

Read that literally overnight. Wow! Great (and eye-opening) look at what it means to bug in when your neighbors can observe you living off your preps, very interesting look at the benefits/drawbacks to trying to advise others about prepping before and during a SHTF event, and some excellent discussions take place between the protagonist and his wife when it comes to how much to share/keep when the people around you are suffering.

 

After my next (somewhat embarrassing to admit) foray into paranormal romance reads, I'll be excited to read some of the other recommendations on this thread!

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oregonchick, Okay, I'll bite :rolleyes:, what is "paranormal romance"? I know I probably don't have a ghost of chance of getting a serious reply.

 

LOL They tend to be much like a traditional romance novel or chick lit book, except that one or more of the characters is supernatural in some way. So the heroes are often vampires, werewolves, witches, angels, demons, gods, ghosts, psychics, sorcerers, dragons, aliens... although in some cases, only the villains are and it's up to humans to challenge them.

 

There are also "urban fantasy" books which are similar in topic except that they are usually a series of books where the central character (almost always a woman) discovers she is different, embarks on a quest, gains new skills, faces down enemies, has her heart broken, and emerges battered, bruised, but ultimately victorious. Many of the urban fantasy books are set in an alternate reality - sometimes simply a world where supernatural beings/powers are accepted or known by all humans, other times it's a dystopian world where things have gotten really, really messed up (and sometimes the quest has to do with restoring balance).

 

These tend to have more violence, more weapons and self-defense in them than other romance novels. And more sex. And while they are silly and unbelievable, they are surprisingly compelling! I like the GK Chesterton quote, "Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be killed."

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Rod, right there with you on MHI. Check out Larry Correia Grimnoir Chronicles series, too. That I believe qualifies as an urban fantasy, with lots of guns. Come on, John Browning is a supporting character, for goodness sake. Yes, that John Browning.

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