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Wastelands

By: John Joseph Adams
Narrated by: Susan Hanfield,J. Paul Boehmer,Gabrielle de Cuir,Harlan Ellison,Hillary Huber,Arthur Morey,Lisa Reneé Pitts
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Publisher's Summary

Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence - the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon - these are our guides through the Wastelands.

From the Book of Revelation to The Road Warrior, from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving eschatological tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. In doing so, these visionary authors have addressed one of the most challenging and enduring themes of imaginative fiction: The nature of life in the aftermath of total societal collapse.

Gathering together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today's most renowned authors of speculative fiction - including George R. R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King - Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon. 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.

Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape, uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre's core.

©2008 John Joseph Adams (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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IF IT GLOWS, DON'T PICK IT UP

(LAS VEGAS) IT'S SO CLOSE TO HELL YOU, CAN SEE SPARKS (SPARKS, NEVADA)
I got this because I love the subject matter and Adams is my favorite editor and collector of short stories. If you find THE LIVING DEAD, pick it up, it has some great stories in it. This book is also not originals, but a sort of best of, according to Adams.

THE END OF THE WHOLE MESS
I was very disappointed in this collection. There were way more losers in this collection than most and I felt the book was a wasted credit and I am usually pretty forgiving when it comes to anthologies. The following authors had good stories: Stephen King, Paolo Bacigalup, George RR Martin and Neal Barrett Jr. There were a couple that were okay, but not many. Usually, if I have four or five good stories in a collection, I am happy, but that is if the rest are not awful. The number of stories, that were boring, were so many, that it over rode the good. I will not get the sequel.

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Collections are hit and miss.

The book had some real awesome shorts and some real duds. I was torn on ★ rating. overall it was so up and down I couldn't hate it nor love it. Narration was also all over. I would say don't waste a copy edit and if you can buy for less than a 5 spot.

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Not real writting

This collection of short stories seem more like a college collection of student papers than real commercial writing. Big words, overly described feelings or circumstances sound more like trying to impress an English teacher, than real fiction. Stories are rushed to set the scene, and rushed to get to the punchline. All the stories follow the same script with different words.

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Decent "B" Stories with Varied Quality Narration

A collection of B-grade stories mostly set in post-apocalyptic earth, mostly near future / modern day with a couple of more science fiction settings that feel like 50's silver age; there is a distinct lack of zombies (at least so far, I'm 3/4 the way through as I type this). The narration is mostly top-notch, though I found myself gritting my teeth during stories narrated by Susan Hanfield. She has a decent tonal quality to her voice and good narrative timing, but butchers the pronunciation of nouns as if she were permanently stuck in her teenage years: "Best Ever" becomes "Bast Aver", "Bus" becomes "Boss", etc.

Recommended at 4 stars for genre fans; for the general reader, subtract another star.

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shouldn't have bothered

Would you try another book from John Joseph Adams and/or the narrators?

no I do not think I would try another book by this author

What could John Joseph Adams have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

written better stories,maybe that's a bit harsh they just weren't for me

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

the narrators were ok just poor stories

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

none that I can think of at the moment

Any additional comments?


not really maybe this kind of genre wasn't for me I like a story with background and an ending

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A Collection of boring stories

Had to force myself to finish this book. Each of the stories were meh at best and sleepers at worst.

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Better of the two book series

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I definitely enjoyed the stories in this anthology much better than the second (although the second was good on it's own). Great for trips or enjoying a quiet day relaxing.

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They can't all be zingers

Some of the stories were really good. some were not so much. last three words.

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Certainly more good than bad here.

Would you listen to Wastelands again? Why?

Yes. There are certain stories I would listen to again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the characters in the story about a virus that takes away everyone's ability to speak. Very creative.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I know of, but there was only one narrator I didn't care for. In an anthology like this, having only one I don't like is pretty rare, so I consider this book a success!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think I laughed a few times, and was certainly moved by a few of the stories, but no tears this time.

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I would say that I loved about 3 stories, and that I liked about 75% of them. To me, that adds up to an anthology worth recommending, especially to anyone interested in all of the myriad ways we humans might react to life after the end of the world as we know it.

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Fantastic!

For fans of fantasy this was a rare treat. I enjoyed every story, and didn't want the book to end.

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