Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse Review (Anthology)

WastelandsWastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse Synopsis: “Whether the end of the world comes through nuclear war, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm, these are tales of survivors, in some cases struggling to rebuild the society that was, in others, merely surviving, scrounging for food in depopulated ruins and defending themselves against monsters, mutants, and marauders.” -Goodreads Synopsis

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse Review

Well,  I definitely had mixed feelings about this book. I think there were definitely more good stories than bad ones, but I can’t see it being a book I ever want to bother reading again. It started off so strong, and I could see the rhythm of the stories for the most part, but it didn’t get stronger as it went along.  I think it was the up and down that killed it.  Anyways, trying something a bit different, and leaving quick rating for each story so you can see what I thought as I went.

The End of the Whole Mess by Stephen King – 5/5
Salvage by Orson Scott Card – 3/5
The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi – 4/5
Bread and Bombs by Mary Rickert – 4/5
How We Got in Town and Out Again by Jonathan Lethem – 2/5
Dark, Dark were the Tunnels by George R.R. Martin – 1/5
Waiting for the Zephyr by Tobias S. Buckell -3/5
Never Despair by Jack McDevitt – 3/5
When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth by Cory Doctorow – 4/5
The Last of the O-Forms by James Van Pelt – 3/5
Still Life with the Apocalypse by Richard Kadrey – 3/5
Arties Angels by Catherine Wells – 2/5
Judgement Passed by Jerry Oltion – 5/5
Mute by Gene Wolf – 1/5
Inertia by Nancy Kress – 2/5
And the Deep Blue Sea by Elizabeth Bear – 3/5
Speech Sounds by Octavia E. Butler – 5/5
Killers by Carol Emshwiller – 4/5
Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus  by Neal Barrett, Jr – 2/5
The End of the World as We Know It by Dale Bailey – 3/5
A Song Before Sunset by David Grigg – 4/5
Episode Seven: Last Stand Against the Pack in the Kingdom of the Purple Flowers by John Langan –  2/5

So, there you have it. Not bad, more good than bad, actually, with a few fantastic pieces.

3 Star Rated Review

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Title: Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse | Author(s): King, Butler, Grigg, etc. |
Publisher: Night Shade BooksPublication Date: 2008-1-1 | Pages: 333 |
ISBN: 1597801054 | Genre(s): Horror & Science Fiction | Language: English |
Rating: 3 out of 5 | Triggers: None | Date Read: 2015-9-21 | Source: Library

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