Monday, July 27, 2009

Alas, Babylon

Knocked out this classic recently. If anything, summer is for reading fiction - mindless, pure enjoyment. Winter is for how-to and getting ready for projects in the Spring - but summer is for fun - FUN I TELL YOU.


It was a quick, easy read. I had an initial feeling that due to the fact that the book was written in 1959, it might be dated. But when nuclear war happens and life goes back to 1800's, it is pretty much timeless.


I loved the characters and I loved the story. But that is where my praise pretty much ends.


This is not a fiction book that spurs you to prepare. It does not teach you how to survive - how to manage - what to do.


There arent many of us who in an all out nuclear war would have an early warning from an insider or find ourselves in the perfect spot that meets all needs and so enables you to ride out the crisis in relative style.


Besides the enjoyment of the story, I did take away 1 thing and in a sense, its a big thing.... Find out where locally or as close as possible, the nearest SALT mine is located. Depending on how huge an interruption in trade, SALT is one of the things you cannot grow yourself and that you need or you will die. Make sure you have enough for your family and animals for more than just a year in your storage pantry.


*** So I just reread my post before I publish and I want to make it totally clear - LOVED THIS BOOK, but it is not a "HOW TO" manual wrapped in fiction....

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you are right - not a how-to guide for survival. But what the book made me do is think how I would accomplish the same with what I have here.

The small every day items we use everyday that would disappear without a transportation supply system. The different foods we are accustomed to finding in the supermarket. Refrigeration - man, if yours ever died at an inconvenient time, you know what I am speaking about. Heck, even A/C, at least in some parts of the country.

I'm betting every Katrina survivor gained a healthy respect of what modern day conveniences are, and how dependent we are on them.

Mongo said...

When I walked away from my marriage, I also walked away from all the prep-in-place. There were 150 pounds of table salt in small pharm barrels in the basement. Cheap stuff, and so useful. I even used it to keeps the steps clear in winter... :-)

The Hermit said...

That was the first survival oriented book I ever read. As a teenager, I didn't give it much thought, just considered it a good science fiction novel. However, in rereading it over the years, the thing that struck me most was the need for some sort of collective security, and for someone with some G2 to lead.

Meadowlark said...

Remind me to get to the post office ;)

And this was one of the first "survival" books I read. It was a great and enjoyable read, but I do remember thinking "wow, how convenient" about a lot of stuff in the book. Still worth reading.

Peace out, chica.

houstonmom said...

I just purchased this book and am about to read. I'm glad I have your comments before I get started reading. I just read Patriots and really liked it.

Anonymous said...

Houstonmom, if you like this book, you might like LUCIFER'S HAMMER as well, its a page turner. THE EARTH ABIDES also is a good one, that one gave me a new perspective in life.

theotherryan said...

It was a good book. Probably not a whole lot of lessons in it but sometimes that is OK.

I drive my tractor in pearls... said...

Meadowlark - what did you think about THE book - still freaked out? Congrats on the family!

Anon - Reading Earth Abides now and have Lucifer's Hammer on the ready ;)

Meadowlark said...

Pearls is asking about "One second after" and it did freak me out.

But it freaked me out to the point of doing nothing. OH NO!!!

Yup, it made me realize I'm screwed and I might as well just amble along and do nothing for a while and work on getting the kids in gear.

I know, that sucks, a 'doomer chick' totally should not give up. And book return should happen either a) today or b) after I get back from Vegas. I am soooo behind.

I drive my tractor in pearls... said...

Girl - no rush!

Turk Turon said...

As I recall, "Patriots" by Rawles has a lot of useful prep advice for food, fuel, communications, arms, defense, etc. Also "Pulling Through" by Ing has instructions for building a working radiation detector out of common household materials.

Anonymous said...

I too have read all the books named in the blog, ironically, esp "Lucifer's Hammer, Alas", years a go. Just finished "Patriot". The last is really how-to, giuns are not my forte. Have them but nothing like that. I helped with the clean-up with Katrina, and poverty stopped so many people from leaving, they did not have the gas money to leave town, but many learned their lesson. I teach to people Preparation is something you do step by step, don't just sit there and be overwhelmed!

dee said...

The previous anonymous is me,
Dee, with the cleanup of Katrina and books read. I hit the wrong button.

britney said...

The different foods are accustomed...
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