Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence - the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon. These are our guides through the Wastelands.
Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse is a new anthology of postapocalyptic literature from some of the most renowned authors in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres today, including George R. R. Martin, Hugh Howey, Junot Díaz, David Brin, and many more. This eclectic mix of tales explores famine, death, war, pestilence, and harbingers of the biblical apocalypse.
Like its predecessor, Wastelands 2 delves into a bleak landscape to uncover the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre's core.
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|Listening Length||20 hours and 12 minutes|
|Author||John Joseph Adams - editor, Junot Díaz, Hugh Howey, David Brin, Paolo Bacigalupi, Seanan McGuire, George R.R. Martin|
|Narrator||J. Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell, Orson Scott Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, Jamye Grant|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 24, 2015|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #88,958 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#299 in Science Fiction Anthologies & Short Stories
#495 in Literature Anthologies
#505 in Fiction Short Stories
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The front half of the collection shone brighter than the back. It kicked off with Bacigalupi's "The Tamarisk Hunter". This well written tale captured the atmosphere and setting beautifully. The premise will hook you too. "Animal Husbandry" was a creepy tale from McGuire that could have been a Stephen King entry. R.R. Martin's "...For a Single Yesterday" was a standout in plot and character development. How is this for a line, "You'd be surprised how much the smell of spleen will permeate a room." It comes from Beukes' "Chislehurst Messiah" that to me was an awesome satire. McDevitt's "Ellie" is a haunting tale that had a gothic tone that stuck with me long after completion.
Doctorow's "Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar)" was another favourite especially the idea of planes circling overhead pilotless for years. Hope and survival are explored in bizarre and intriguing ways by Ramsey Shehadeh, Orson Scott Card and Maureen F. McHugh. This is a stronger collection than the first volume partly because there are eight more tales but also because of the range of ideas explored.
This is a common problem with reprint topic anthologies that become a series. The original anthology was the best 30-odd stories Adams could find on the topic and for which he could obtain a reprint right. The second is numbers 30-60, and so on over time. If there is a huge amount of material to choose from, the fall-off from 1-30 to 30-60 isn't bad. But if there is less material that meeting the topic selection, the fall-off can be pretty steep.
In this case, I'm not sure how much overall material there is to choose from. But a number of the authors spend too much time grinding their axes rather than telling their stories. I have no problem with axes being ground (especially when, as in these stories, I tend to agree with the author's view), but when I reach the end of a book and remember the axes as much than the stories, it's not a good sign. Based on that I'll wait a while before making a decision about the third volume. Unless the reviews are compelling, I won't be purchasing it.