Can I get a side of zombies with that?

In other news, I just read The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006, so it’s one of those Big Deal books. It’s a dreary tale of a father and sun struggling to survive as they trek across post-nuclear disaster America.

It was good. Gripping, even, and the painting of a gray world without sunlight or plants or animals was every bit as alarming as I’m sure it was meant to be.

Before I got together with Magill, I seldom gave much thought to the apocalypse. But he’s a big fan of a lot of the movies of that genre (Doomsday, 28 Days Later, Mad Max, etc.) and he has been educating me in the ways of post- apocalypse storytelling.

And while The Road was tightly written and compelling, I think I prefer my apocalypse with zombies. Or at least a city that runs on pig poo.

Just sayin’.

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4 thoughts on “Can I get a side of zombies with that?

  1. Ugh, The Road creeped me out. Especially when they found the campsite with the eaten fetus…ugh. It still sends shivers up my spine. (but then again, I was pregnant when I read the book)

    • Yeah, that was horrible. I think maybe I like my post apocalypse better with zombies because monsters eating people is so much better that people eating people. If ya know what I mean.

      • I like my apocalypse with a few cannibals, personally. The cannibals in Doomsday were particularly awesome, since they were cannibals not out of necessity, but by choice:
        “This is our city! Whoever they send here, we’re gonna catch them, we’re gonna cook them, and we’re gonna EAT THEM!!!”
        But then, I also like my apocalypse with zombies and cities that run on pig poo, too. I could go on and on as to why the post-apocalyptic genre of storytelling is the absolute best, but I’d need a solid three or four hours to do it justice.

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