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Reading Material for the Coronapocalypse


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I have all of these on my bookshelves:

The White Plague - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004M8SZZI

Year of Wonders - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0029WILXK

The Cobra Event - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000P28WYO

Love in the Time of Cholera - Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NKDOZNM

The Plague -https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GH0XTI2

I was quite surprised how many books there are about plagues once I started looking. Or is that just me?

 

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Virgil Caine

Daniel Defoe ( though he was only 5 when the 1665 Plague occurred)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Journal_of_the_Plague_Year

Pepys Diaries cover the same event

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Pepys
 

I would recommend the latter as a good read to anyone as he was a a bit of a Harvey Weinstein with the ladies.

 

 

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Not plague/virus but a very good read in an appropriate vein.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-Atomic-Bomb-Richard-Rhodes/dp/1471111237

He won a Pulitzer for it, and quite deservingly so. Quite long at nine hundred odd pages, but you don't need a degree in physics to understand it.

The sheer scale of the project is amazing. If you always thought of a handful of scientists toiling away at Los Alamos like I did, think again.

Starts at Marie Curie and goes on from there.

NB sequel on H Bomb nowhere near as good.

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3 hours ago, Panther said:

I'm a bit of a medievalist, so...

The Decameron

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decameron

Maybe @DTMark would like to add ten of his stories?

That looks good, might read that..

May I recommend James Herbert's "Domain" - it's hardly prize-winning literature but it conjures up a surprisingly vivid mental image of a post-apocalytic London, in this case, after a series of nuclear bombs are dropped on it, and the survivors have some giant rats to contend with.

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7 hours ago, Panther said:

I'm a bit of a medievalist, so...

The Decameron

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decameron

Maybe @DTMark would like to add ten of his stories?

That might be my first Italian audiobook. From the sample it's beautifully narrated with very clear diction.

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Decameron-Audiobook/B00TNS3QD8

That's an abridged version, if you want English - there's more than one version:

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Decameron-Audiobook/B075LZGVDP

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Decameron-Audiobook/B004FTJMLU

I could have been the only child in class who quite enjoyed The Canterbury Tales

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not so much reading for but on

Came across a collection of a few virus/ plague books tried to pick a few that may be interesting.  Really slow reader unfortunately so plan to only read one maybe two - anybody recommend (or not) as none really stand out.  I had heard the Catherine Arnold book on the Spanish Flu good but doesn't seem rated as high as others if that counts for much.   

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30841977-deadliest-enemy

30841977

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30199426-get-well-soon

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30335530-pale-rider

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37923457-pandemic-1918

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17573681-spillover

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46722.The_Coming_Plague

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7117585-the-fatal-strain

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11129776-the-viral-storm

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40725112-vaccinated

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Happy to point out links to any of the above in order to have a gander before purchase...cough 

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On 14/03/2020 at 17:40, TheBlueCat said:

I have all of these on my bookshelves:

The White Plague - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004M8SZZI

Year of Wonders - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0029WILXK

The Cobra Event - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000P28WYO

Love in the Time of Cholera - Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NKDOZNM

The Plague -https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GH0XTI2

I was quite surprised how many books there are about plagues once I started looking. Or is that just me?

 

I read La Pest by Camus but it is tedious. My mum said she was going to read Catcher in the Rye but I told her at 84 those are going to be precious hours you'll never get back.

The missus just read Eyes of Darkness by Dean Kounst. She said it was good but he rambles a bit.

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4 hours ago, Dave Bloke said:

I read La Pest by Camus but it is tedious. My mum said she was going to read Catcher in the Rye but I told her at 84 those are going to be precious hours you'll never get back.

The missus just read Eyes of Darkness by Dean Kounst. She said it was good but he rambles a bit.

Hang about, there wasn’t a plague in Catcher in the Rye! Unless it was leaf rust.

3 hours ago, King of Fools said:

Flashback by Dan Simmons.

Dan Simmons is great. I loved the Endymion books and Illium/Olympos.

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5 hours ago, TheBlueCat said:

Hang about, there wasn’t a plague in Catcher in the Rye! Unless it was leaf rust.

Dan Simmons is great. I loved the Endymion books and Illium/Olympos.

The Hyperion omnibus is a masterpiece. I’m just going to start it again, then I’ll do the Endymion omnibus, again,

I also recommend Ian M Banks .

Currently reading “A History of Nazi Germany” by William L Schirer.

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This arrived today

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Ordered it AGES ago. At least during the free prime trial we had.

In the preview on amazon
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Virus-Tracking-New-Killer-Plagues/dp/0316763063

About 15 pages in is the map showing the major new virus or strain that has emerged in the last 50 years.

NOTE: Overwhelming origins from tropical and rain forest regions.

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Heart's Ease

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brother_in_the_Land

First read it aged 14 in 1985 so not long after publication by the looks of it. Cannot remember if we had it as a set text or from book box.  Do remember absolutely papping myself and was disturbed by it for weeks. Reread in c2006 and noted the Yorkshire setting for the first time (!). Still papped myself.

Also remember Empty World - another apocalyptic YA novel.  We had both titles at school. I've just learned Empty World was written by the guy who wrote Tripods.

Does anyone remember reading Trillions? Read in primary school from book box. Probably one of first books away from my beloved Enid Blyton.

Eee takes me right back.

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