Apocalyptic Stories

I enjoy books and movies with apocalyptic themes.  The cause may vary from zombies, to alien invasion, to a plague, or even a nuclear war; however, the stories tend to share certain characteristics.

The characters are ordinary people accomplishing great things in order to survive.  They display courage and determination in the face of dire circumstances.  They overcome great odds and attempt to build a better world.

That’s why I love apocalyptic stories.

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man was published in 1951, and it is considered a classic.

The book is about a man whose body is covered in magical tattoos.  The tattoos move and  play out stores of various people living in the future.

Each chapter of the book contains a science-fiction story, in which technology has a massive impact on human behavior.  The characters for each story relatable, even if you end up hating them.

The stories often have surprise endings that may leave you feeling baffled or dejected.  Despite the dismal endings and the pessimistic feelings aroused by the stories, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.

The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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I enjoy reading Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so I decided to read The Lost World.  I figured it would be an enjoyable book.

The story is about a scientist that finds a remote plateau in South America, and the conditions there have allowed dinosaurs to thrive.  However, the scientist is mocked by his peers and the public, when he tries to publish his findings.

He manages to convince one of the naysayer scientist to join him on a second expedition.  The team also includes a guide, various workers, and a journalist.

I thought the story line was interesting and the way it was written was plausible.  The characters were well developed and relatable.  At times, the book was suspenseful and at other times it was humorous.

It’s a great book and well worth reading.

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

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The book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, was written by Dr. John Gray.  It was published in the 1990’s, and is still popular today.

To be honest, I didn’t like the book.  I found it to be stereotypical and redundant.  The aspect that bothered me the most was the repetitiveness of each concept.  I felt like I was reading the same information in each chapter, with only a slight variation in wording.

Have you read this book?  What did you think about it?

Reed Bookstore – Birmingham, Alabama

Reed Books is a bookstore owned by Jim Reed and is located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.  It is more than just an antique book store, it is also a museum of cultural artifacts.

When I first walked in the door, my jaw dropped and my eyes started to bulge out of my head.  I was speechless.

I could spend an entire day at this bookstore.  However, this is not a place I should be allowed to go unsupervised with a credit card.  The results could be disastrous.