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Or, an assortment of apocalypses, but that's not entirely fair, as only the Pfeffers are really making a concerted effort to destroy most of modern civilisation. Even then it's pretty US-centric, although Australia does have all its coastal towns destroyed by giant waves (something Canberrans (Canberrese?) will no doubt be thrilled about).

What I like a lot about the first one of these (Life as we knew it) - before I go into more plot-revealing detail - is that it avoids the two main plots of this genre. No doubt completely contradictory examples will occur to me after I post this, but most immediate post-apocalyptic fiction that I've read propels the action forward by giving it a quest structure, with the characters struggling to get to a place (or sometimes a person - I keep thinking of The Stand here) that represents either something of the old world or a new beginning. Sometimes it's not a map-crossing quest so much as an attempt to construct a new society, an idea I would like much better if I didn't keep running into rather dodgy libertarian ones with very dubious gender politics (and no, one Sheri Tepper does not make up for Heinlein, Pournelle and rather too much SM Stirling). Anyway, if it's not a quest or a rebuild, it's usually the relentlessly depressing acceptance of inevitable doom (um. Examples would of necessity involve spoilers - how about Raymond Briggs' When the Wind Blows, a post-nuclear nothing ends well graphic novel that depressed me so much that I have no qualms about spoiling it for everyone else? Read his Ethel & Ernest instead). Life as we knew it does neither of these, and I kept catching myself expecting it to; what works so well is that it doesn't. Nothing will ever be the same, but that doesn't mean that things stop, or become more significant. It's a very ordinary post-apocalypse novel.

Robert C O'Brien's Z for Zachariah might be similar, actually, but it's a long time since I read it. And I'm discounting all the long-time post-apocalypse fiction out there for the purposes of my sweeping generalisation.

Susan Pfeffer, Life as we knew it. )

Susan Pfeffer, the dead & the gone )

Meg Rosoff, How I live now. )

Malorie Blackman, The stuff of nightmares. )

This could possibly be more cheerful. Here, have a link to multiple Beakers singing Ode to Joy. I'm not sure this ends well, either, but at least most of the rest of the world seems unaffected.
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I have been having problems with movies, in that they have all been a) not that good and b) too long and c) just not theatre, but tonight I saw I'm Not There (the Bob Dylan movie) and loved it. Even the bits with Richard Gere, who normally annoys the heck out of me - obviously what I needed to enjoy Pretty Woman was escaped zoo animals and a semi-apocalyptic Western setting (well, that and extensive feminist rewrites).

Anyway. My manga log for this year has gone over 100 volumes and, frankly, the chances of detailed updates on all of them are slim. This seemed like a reasonable compromise. I have included multiple links to Shaenon Garrity's overlooked manga festival entries, which are funny and have scans and are where I got a number of recs from anyway. I'll start with current reads, and then post finished series and those I am currently stalled on.

Currently reading:

My current favourite series are Naoki Urasawa’s Monster, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and After School Nightmare, only one of which (ASN) I’ve actually posted about on here, because a) I keep lending out The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, and b) to do justice to Monster I really need to re-read it, but all three of these are excellent and all strongly recommended. I skew towards shonen/seinen and have stalled on a number of shojo series, as apparently I am just not girly enough for them; I’m also not mad keen on BL stuff unless there's a really strong nonrelationship storyline, and I get very twitchy about fixed sex/gender roles.

After School Nightmare, Mizushiro Setona, v1-6. )

Battle Royale, Takami Koushun & Taguchi Masayuki,v1-6. )

Black Sun, Silver Moon, Tomo Maeda, v1-3. )

Flower of Life, Fumi Yoshinaga, v1-3. )

Hands Off! Kasane Katsumoto, v1-4. )

Kekkaishi, Yellow Tanabe, v1-11. )

Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Eiji Otsuka, Housui Yamazaki, v1-6. )

Legal Drug, CLAMP, v1-2. )

Loveless, Yun Kouga, v1-8 (scanlation), v1-7 (Tokyopop). )

Monster, Naoki Urasawa, v1-13. )

Mushishi, Yuki Urushibara, v1-3. )

Parasyte, Hitoshi Iwaaki, v1-2. )

Pumpkin Scissors, Ryotaro Iwanga, v1. )

X/1999, CLAMP, v1-2. )

X-Day, Setona Mizushiro, v1. )

Yotsuba&!, Kiyohiko Azuma, V1-4. )

The Young Magician, Yuri Narushima, v1-2. )
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Two up this time, and none of the previously mentioned ones finished. I decided I wasn't in the right mood for more Cherryh, and both the other 1941 ones are in the wrong rooms (they're rooms I use, but I haven't felt like reading in them).

Malorie Blackman, Noughts and Crosses. )

Marianne Robinson, Gilead.This is a good book - in the moral sense as well as the aesthetic one, which is difficult to do. )

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