This is the summary tab for
the various reviews that I have posted at this site.
The columns will be explained
at the top: abbreviation below.
Review Link is as much of the
real name as I thought I could fit with the link to the review. Most reviews have a link to at least one
place you can buy it online.
The author is obvious,
although with either multiple authors, or authors with long names, they may be truncated.
Type is the time setting
relative to the “event”, and also the general tone of the book.
Disasters are the main cause
of the crises.
+/ is whether I recommend the
book. It is the quick glimpse, because
people seem to like the thumbs up and down routine. I try not to make it completely based on
personal preferences, but obviously they play a part.
Our numerical ratings are
intended to be descriptive, not generally qualitative. A low number is not necessarily bad, nor a
high one good: 1 is low, 4 is in the
middle, and 7 is high.
Real is short for
Realism. Realism early on was called
grittiness. It is a general calibration
as to how close the events of the book could be viewed from our current
reality. The actual plausibility of the
disaster is not factored in unless it causes ongoing problems with the
novel. This avoids endless discussions
about whether a Solar Flare, or a viral Pandemic are more “realistic” without
letting the Vampire and highly speculative Science Fiction novels off the hook.
Read is for readability. It is literally how painless the book is to
read. Some people want very
straightforward plot driven tales, other like lots of character development,
and arcane symbolism and analogy. A
comic book, or an action driven page turner will tend toward the higher end of
the scale. A long introspective novel
about somewhat unclear events with a confused timeline would be relatively low
on the scale.
Review Link

Author

Type

Disaster

+/

Real

Read

L.C.Fiore

DY

TR

Y

7

L4


Vanessa Veselka

AP

EC, TR

Y+

6

L5


Kij Johnson

AP,CH

EQ

Y

1

7


J.G. Ballard

AP

Sc

N

2

L2


Larry Kollar

AP

Wd or S

Y

5

6


SunHi Mistwalker

AP

Ec

Y

6

7


Ian Sales

AP

N

N

5

5


Scott Williams

AP

F

Y

7

6


David Waldron

AP

F

~

6

4


Margaret
Atwood

AP,PA

B

Y+

4

L5


Chris Marker

PA

N

Y+

2

7


Steven Greenberg

N

EQ

Y

7

5


Michel Houellebecq

NF, AP

NF

Y






Carlos Fuentes

AP

Vm, Ec

Y+

2

L6


CÃ©sar Aira

AP

Wd

Y+

2

L6


Scott Fotheringham

AP

B, Ec

~

6

L5


Gudrun
Pausewang

AP, YA

N

Y

7

6


Evan Mundy

PA

Wd

N

3

5


RenÃ© Barjavel

AP

N,E

N

2

5


Collection

AP,PA

Various

N

2

7


Bogdan SuceavÄƒ

AP

NP, Sc

Y

2

L3


Dmitry Bykov

AP

W, NP

N

1

L2


Elliot Evan Mills

AP

W

~

2

5


Brian Wood

PA

GW,
G

N

6

7


Sam McPheeter

AP

NP

N

5

6


David J. Rodgers

PA

NP

Y

5

5


Alex Bobl

PA

PO

~

3

5


A.P. Menzie

Dy



N

4

5


John S. Wilson

AP

EC

y+

7

6


Ralph Peters

AP

N, EC

N

3

2


Cynthi Kraack

C

N, I

N

4

3


Julie Myerson

AP

I

Y+

4

L3


Nicholas Antinozzi

AP

EC

N

2

3


Will Weaver

AP, YA

V

Y

6

6


Anne Mendel

PA

V

Y

4

6


Alex Adams

AP

P

Y

4

5


Brian Slattery

PA

GW, EC

~

1

L2


Ted Lacksonen

AP

EC

~

5

3


Jane Gallion

PA

N?

~

5

4


Newton Thornburg

AP

EC

Y

7

5


Russell Hill

AP

EC

Y

5

6


Stephen Goldin

AP, SF

EC, PO

Y

5

6


Antonio Porta

PA

EC

Y

5

L3


Jeff Brackett

AP

N, E

N

5

6


William Forstchen

AP

E

Y

6

4


Bruce Hemming

AP

E

N

6

2


Ron Foster

AP

E or F

Y

6

5


Ray Gorham

AP

E

Y

5

7


David Alexander

AP

E

N

2

3


Gary Shteyngart

AP

E, EC

Y

3

L1


David Waldron

AP

F

~

7

3


Des Michaels

AP

E or F

N

7

5


Larry Burkett

AP

F

N

2

2


Whitley Strieber

PA

N, E

Y+

6

6


Barth Anderson

AP, SF

P, EC

Y+

7

5


Kathrine Hanna

PA

P

Y+

7

6


AP

P, Z

Y

3

6


AP

P

Y

4

6


Gretchen Hummel

C

P

N

2

5


PA

P

N

1

4


Sam Winston

PA

P

N

3

4


Terry Nation

AP

P

Y

6

6


George Stewart

AP

P

C

5

6


John Christopher

AP, YA

P

C

4

6


AP

PO

Y

5

7


Joe Nobody

AP

EC, NP

N

7

6


AP

N, NP, EC

Y

4

5


Vivi Andrew

PA, R

P

Y

5

7


C

PO, GW

Y

7

5


AP

W, EC

Y

1

L2


Andrez Bergen

PO

EC, GW

Y

2

2


Jim Crace

C

P, GW

N

3

5


David Crawford

AP

E

Y

7

4


C

P

N

2

5


AP, SF

NP

Y+

5

4


AP

NN, NP

N

3

2


AP

N

C

5

6


AP

NN, NP

N

3

3


AP

EC

~

4

4


N. Stephenson

NoA



5

5


Sigrid Nunez

AP

P

Y

3

L4


Robert Edric

AP

GW,EC

Y+

6

L3


John Grit

AP

D

Y

7

7


Cape, Buckner

AP

PO, EC

~

6

6


PA

PO, NP

Y

7

7


Ervin Sim

PO, SF

G

~

3

3


Guy Salvidge

AP

GW, EC

Y

6

6


Stephen Hunter

NoA



6

7


Will McIntosh

AP, SF

B, PO, EC, GW

~

5

6


Kurt Cobb

NoA



5

5


Ardath Mayhar

AP

N

Y

5

5


C, SF, YA

PO, GW, B

Y

4

6


Honey Brown

AP

P

Y+

7

7


AP

EC, D

Y+

6

L7


C, SF

PO, GW, B

Y

4

7


C, SF

GW, PO, NP

Y

4

6


PA

GW

Y

5

6


Crmc McCarthy

PA

PD

C

6

6


Nathan Poell

AP, PA

W

Y

5

5


Stephen Pressfield

NoA



7

6


Chris Sullins

AP, M

EC, NP

~

7

4


Jean Hegland

AP

EC

C

7

L5


AP

PO, GW

~

5

4


Jack Womack

AP

EC

~

5

L4


AP

GW

Y

5

5


Richard Michaels

AP

N

N

7

2


Alex Scarrow

AP

PO, NP

Y

7

7


Terry DeHart

AP

N,E

~

6

4


Carla Buckley

AP

P

Y

7

6


Louis L’Amour

NoA



6

5


Neil Strauss

NoA





6


AP, M

EC

C

7

4


AP, YA

M, V

Y

6

5


AP, YA

M, V

Y

7

6


AP, YA

M, V

C

7

6


AP

N

C

7

5


Philip Revene

C

EC

~

5

5


PA, SF

W

~

4

3


AP

PD

C

5

5


Reviewed
Earlier


Thomas Park

AP

EC, NP

~

5

4


AP

GW

Y

5

5


Michael S. Turnlund

AP

EC, NP

N

5

3


Nova

AP

EC

Y

6

5


PA

GW

~

3

4


AP

P

Y

7

6


B.T. Post

AP

EC, GW, NP

~

6

5


Michelle Widgen

AP

PO, GW

Y+

7

L4


Partial Reviews


Doris Lessing

AP

EC

~

5

L4


Wm R. Forstchen.

AP

E

Y

6

4

Abbreviations:
Type:
AP: Apocalypseinprogress
PA: PostApocalyptic – the disaster occurs before most or
all the action
C: Collapsed. Society collapsed some time ago, and
adjustments have already been made
Dy: Dystopian
things are crummy, but in this particular definition, there has been no “collapse”.
YA: Considered Young Adult
CH: Considered suitable for youngsters
SF: Science Fiction. I am looking more for tone, or
voice, rather than literal definition here.
NoA: Not Apocalyptic,
nor particularly dystopian either. These
are usually novels out of genre.
NF: Nonfiction I
only have one, because it is essays about a fiction writer.
Disaster
B= Biotechnology
E= EMP Electro Magnetic Pulse
EC= Economic Collapse (other than peak oil)
EQ= Earth Quake
F= Solar Flare
FL= Flooding
G= God or supernatural forces (anywhere from good to
ambiguous in nature)
GW= Global Warming
I= Ice Age (popular in the preglobal warming days)
M= Meteor or Comet strike
N= Nuclear (usually war, but accidents do happen)
NN= Nanotechnology
NP= Nefarious plotters trying to bring the world down
P= Pandemic Disease, was originally “D”
PO= Peak Oil
PD= Plant Disease
S= Demonic Forces
(supernatural clearly evil). The “S” is
for Satan of course
Sc= Sociological collapse – collapse from within
T= Technology fail
T= Technology fail
TR= Terrorists
V= Volcano (usually with secondary weather effects)
Vm Vampires.
Volcanos got there first so they got the “V”
W= War
Wd= Weird Science
Z= Zombies
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