Archive for the ‘Fiction Bookshelf’ Category


by Michael Farris Smith

via James L. Thane: A Harrowing Tale of Life Below the Line


This is a post-apocalyptic tale that will remind many readers of Cormac McCarthy’s book, The Road. It’s set in a not too far-distant future when, presumably because of climate change, the Gulf Coast from Florida across to Texas has become a soggy, desolate area of constant rain and storms where the sun never shines. Katrina-like hurricanes have repeatedly devastated the region to the point where rebuilding no longer makes any sense. ….



Sweet Tooth is a comic series by Jeff Lemire. People (and by people, I mean reviewers) like to call this “Mad Max meets Bambi” or “Mad Max with antlers”.

It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where all babies born are an animal-human hybrid. The series focuses on one such child, named Sweet Tooth by the  enigmatic bounty hunter/badass/savior Jeppard, an ex-hockey player whose mission in this new world unfolds throughout.


The story is a nice twist on the  post-apocalyptic theme. There’s a sickness that decimates the population but not only that, all new babies born are animal hybrids.  Scientists and militia become the enemy in this world, harming women & children for the sake of finding  a cause and a cure. Unlikely men and women become heroes. The characters are scarred and imperfect with deeply emotional histories that they bring to their survival mode.  The post-apocalyptic vision here is gritty and full of distrust and danger ,yet there is hope found throughout.