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Old 06-25-2009, 01:17 AM
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More or less survivalist books- they are fiction, but the points are good.

Postman, by David Brin, is sometimes called 'anti-survivalist' but I found it a good read anyway. It has a lot of logic behind it, as to what exactly can destroy and rebuild a society. He thinks beyond the bunker and into a new future- and the anti-survivalist point is good to. How can we, all of us independent, willful individuals who make our own destiny, rebuild society?

Solar Flare, by Larry Burkett, is so badly written it's almost impossible to sit through, but it also has a few good points, such as ideas for running a massive survivalist camp and rebuilding social order.

I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson, is the most straight forward, no-nonsense survivalist fiction I've read. (Discounting the vampires of course.) It presents a very practical solution to its scenario of urban survival, and has a lot of common sense behind it.

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, is a good kids' read for introducing children to survival. It's a bit romanticized, but the basic idea is good. The kids in my area all love the idea of living in the hills and surviving off the land after reading this series.

Swiss Family Robinson/Robinson Crusoe, by their respective authors, are amazing for the resourcefulness presented in them. Both books are a good index of skills needed to survive off raw materials and tools instead of kits and stashes.
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...and the anti-survivalist point is good too. How can we, all of us independent, willful individuals who make our own destiny, rebuild society?
Hmph, Good Point.

I just finished: "I am Legend" and really enjoyed it.
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Give Lucifers' Hammer a read you'll like it I think. A comet strike and the struggle to survive.
Farnhams' Freehold is another good read. Robert Heinleins' classic post apocalyptic novel.
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For kids look at the Hatchet series of books.
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Read "Patriot" by Rawles and it was great.
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Default Just finished "The Postman"

The writer may be a rocket scientist, but he doesn't know anything about weapons, tactics or survivalists in general (marauders to him) but seeing how it was written two decades ago, I will give him some credit. It had some strength and even some credibility at first but the Augment and Cyclops had me laughing. The ending was OK.

I thought the movie was better but even less realistic in some ways as the "General" would have been AR fodder early on, just like his patrols were.

Still not a bad book. If anybody wants mine I will forward it on to you.

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I'm on a post-apocalyptic bent right now myself.
Just finished Lucifer's Hammer again - good read. Nice amount of SciFi mixed in with medium-good character development.
The Postman - Liked the book much more than the movie. Didn't really love the idea that the holnists prolonged the dark age, but hey - it's his book. The augments were... meh.
Alas, Babylon - good read. Good character development although a little stilted in the 1950's fashion. Technologically dated, but very interesting. A sad reminder of how far we've come from rural sel-sufficience even in the last 50 years.
The Last Ship - lengthy, wordy, but otherwise very good read.
One Second After - great in terms of Oh Sh!! moments and stark realizations about EMP disaster. Character development was pretty formulaic, but the story was gritty which made it a bit more enjoyable read.

ToDo: (er, to read)
A Canticle for Leibowitz
Earth Abides
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The Last Train (1999)
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The Stand (1994)
Survivors (1975 - 1977)
Z For Zachariah (1984)

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here are a few that ive either read or want to read ( that are supposed to be survival related .) ive also loved patriots postman and lights out along with one second after


If anyone wants to have the one second after audio book please Private message me.

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Ring the alarum-bell! Blow, wind! come, wrack!
At least we'll die with harness off our back.
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Read "Patriot" by Rawles and it was great.
just finished it, it was OK. i had a few problems with it.
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is i am legend better in book form? is it omega man? i hated the movie, will smith sux.
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starting Earth Abides now. it was copyrighted in like 1949, lol.
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Hmmm. I didn't see my books on the list, so let me shamelessly tell you to email me at [email protected], and I'll send you PDF's of:

Deep Winter

Shatter (the second installment)

and (part of) Remnant, currently being posted on my blog, http://www.deepwinterstory.blogspot.com/

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Seeing some of these posts just gave me somewhat of a revelation of myself. I've always been into survival techniques and the outdoors, even as a youngster. I had forgotten all about reading "My Side of the Mountain" and the "Hatchet" series. I loved those books. Maybe that is what got me into this stuff all those years ago. Either that or I already was and they just fueled the fire. It's been way too long to remember.

Either way, those books would be great for your kids or grandkids to get them interested in the outdoors and survival. Another one I loved as a kid if you can find it is "The Education of Little Tree". A very good book for youngsters.
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is i am legend better in book form? is it omega man? i hated the movie, will smith sux.
I am legend is a remake of Omega Man which is a remake of Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price. The original book is better to me than all 3.
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I forgot about reading My Side of the Mountain as a kid. Thanks for reminding me about it.
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Still not a bad book. If anybody wants mine I will forward it on to you.

Hardback.

I have always wanted to read the book. I still enjoy the movie.
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Read "Patriot" by Rawles and it was great.
Read it about 3x.. Down time in Iraq, It was a good read and a interesting real life plot but the guy is just a idiot thinking thats how people can model surving the world. and the other.... They didn't do much in the book sure a band of 4x4 porno mag bandits attacked.... but if that was me... it should of been that groups recon team... So they got ate up a bit.. But then went in a a much larger force kicking ass cause now they know your plan and routine.

For a model of a how to do. It sucks.. unless you have hundreds of thousands of dollars to throw at it.
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