Apocalypse Now: 3 Tales for the End of the World as We Know It

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From The Road to Armageddon, we’re riveted by apocalyptic tales. It goes well beyond the despair and explosions; we’re always intrigued when humans must face insurmountable odds.

This is why our friends at McLean & Eakin booksellers have given us their favorite apocalyptic tales. One of the best independent bookstores in all of Michigan, they’ve got book clubs, numerous store events, and one heckuva staff. Previously, they delivered several fantastic summer lovin’ books and now, owner Matthew Norcross has given us three more must-reads.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Vintage, 2015)

StationEleven“A Shakespearean troupe wanders the northern shores of lake Michigan after a pandemic has ravaged the world. Short listed for the National Book Award, this novel is a meditation on what is lost and what is gained in the absence of civilization. This is the type of book that stays with you; I still think about passages every time I feel my email inbox is going to devour me or when I see an airplane streaking across the sky. It will make you appreciate the marvels of our modern world and perhaps reevaluate what is truly important.”



Bird Box by Josh Malerman (Ecco, 2015)

BirdBox“In most horror novels the monster is well defined or at least visible, but in Josh Malerman’s new novel, it is the monster’s lack of definition that makes it all the more terrifying. Malorie is a young girl who has moved down from Northern Michigan to live with her sister in the suburbs of Detroit. News reports of a strange hysteria and violent acts suddenly seem to dominate the news and it quickly becomes apparent that something strange and evil has invaded our world. This book had me up WAY past my bedtime! Bird Box is truly in a league of its own and has rightfully earned Malerman comparisons to horror greats like King, Kuntz, and Richard Matheson.”



The Last Policeman by Ben Winters (Quirk Books, 2015)

TheLastPoliceman“If the world was going to end in six months, what would you do? Would you travel the world, track down old friends, go on a bender? That’s the question facing Detective Frank Palace and he has decided to go to work. The Last Policeman is a fantastic detective mystery set at the end of the world; it’s not ‘if’ but ‘when,’ as an asteroid powers its way toward earth. Think Cormac McCarthy meets Michel Connelly and you are on the right track. This is a fabulous book but the entire trilogy is worth the read and I will always be watching for Ben Winters next book.”


figured it all out too late. He got his degree in Psychology and realized years later that he wanted to write for a living. He now has 16+ years of digital and print journalism experience and currently entertains an ongoing love affair with the greatest literary classics (he savored every page of "War and Peace" and thought it could've been longer, and he will finish Proust's "In Search of Lost Time"). He also loves crossword puzzles, tennis, the outdoors, and working on numerous novels. One of these days, one will get picked up...and when it does, the world will make a little more sense.

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