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There are a lot of stories about the end of the world, ranging from black comedies like Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, to bleak tales like Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer winning novel The Road.

What is your favourite book about the end of the world as we know it?


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I have't read a whole lot of 'end of the world' books, but I really loved Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'. There have been two others that I enjoyed very much too, and they are 'The Day of the Triffids' by John Wyndham, and 'The Ice People' by Maggie Gee, which tells the story of the world entering an ice age, and women becoming the dominant sex.
I read quite a lot of books like that so it's hard to pick one favourite. The best one I've read recently is The Last Policeman (you can read my review on Weekend Notes here http://www.weekendnotes.co by Ben H. Winters m/the-last-policeman-book-review/ ).

Other favourites include The Day of The Triffids and The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham. There are loads of zombie novels, of which my current favourite is The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell, closely followed by Zone One by Colson Whitehead and Feed by Mira Grant (http://www.weekendnotes.com/feed-book-review/ )

I thought The Road was beautifully written, though a touch too bleak for my taste (yes, even for the genre).
I loved The Road. I read it in a day, and it's rare for me to do that. Quite an exceptional book
The War of the Worlds, and Day of the Triffids are both incredible stories by incredible people with amazing minds.
I'm quite enjoying Oryx & Crake at the moment.
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'Planet of the Apes' or 'The Omega Man', both can give me goosebumps to the nth degree!

The ORIGINAL film of the former, has been voted THE best ending of a movie, EVER! I agree!
I have a copy of Jonathan Kirsch's 'A History of the End of the World' on my shelf, and it's a cracking good read - it follows the development of apocalyptic thought in the west from biblical times through to the 20th century, and tells some very strange and often horrifying stories along the way.
I read a book by David Graham "Down to a Sunless Sea" many years ago. It was one of the most chilling books I have ever read, and was about a post-apocalyptic world. The title comes from a line in the poem "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
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