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Standalone Sunday: Alas, Babylon

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Without further ado, here is my selection for Standalone Sunday:

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Book Description from Goodreads:

“Alas, Babylon…”

Those fateful words heralded the end. In seconds, the unthinkable nightmare of nuclear war ravaged America. For millions it was instant death; for tens of millions more, it was a living nightmare of hunger, sickness and brutality. Overnight, a thousand years of civilization was stripped away, leaving only maked passions behind.

But for one small Florida town, spared against all odds, the struggle was just beginning. ALAS, BABYLON is the classic story of a handful of men and women of all ages and races, who found the strength and courage to join together to push back the darkness.

The classic apocalyptic novel that stunned the nation with its vivid portrayal of a small town’s survival after nuclear holocaust devastates the country.


I first had to read Alas, Babylon in high school. I believe it was tenth grade English.  I remember really enjoying it.  Years later I found myself thinking about the book, but all I could remember about it was a town in Florida and it was the end of the world.  I can’t remember how I found out the title, but I did.

I listened to the audiobook several years ago and enjoyed it again. The narrator had an extremely familiar voice and then I saw that the narrator is actor Will Patton! If you look him up, you will see he is ‘that guy’! He is an actor who has been in just about everything.  He was the perfect narrator for the audiobook.

Alas, Babylon was first published in 1959, and despite its age it is still a good book.  I recommend it.

Standalone Sunday: The Chosen One

Last week was my first Standalone Sunday, and I think I will try and make this a weekly feature on my site. Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Without further ado, here is my selection for Standalone Sunday:

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Book Description from Goodreads:

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.


I listened to the audiobook version back in 2014 and it made my Top 5 that year.  I wasn’t expecting much from it when I picked it up at the library as the description on the cd case was very different from the above description.  I wish I could get that description for you to compare, but it was something along the lines of Kyra enjoying reading and relaxing in trees.

There is something about FLDS and polygamy that I just find fascinating. I don’t know what it is, maybe because I am not a part of that culture and it is so extreme and different from what I live in.  If memory serves, The Chosen One does not say that Kyra is part of FLDS.

I need to request this book from the library again so I can properly review it since I listened to it way before I was writing book reviews. I was taken on a roller coaster while I listened to this book.  It is a short one.  There are just five cds (5.5 hours of listening). According to Goodreads, it is just 213 pages.

It is a short enough book and can be read very quickly, I recommend everyone to give The Chosen One a try!

 

 

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Standalone Sunday: Raising Stony Mayhall

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads and this week I decided to join in! I’m not sure how often I will participate, but if I can I will.  The image above is hers that she is shares with others who participate.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten.  They can be just as great as book series!

Without further ado, here is my selection for Standalone Sunday:

Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory

Book Description from Amazon:

In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman’s arms is a baby, stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda—and he begins to move.

The family hides the child—whom they name Stony—rather than turn him over to authorities that would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow. For years his adoptive mother and sisters manage to keep his existence a secret—until one terrifying night when Stony is forced to run and he learns that he is not the only living dead boy left in the world.


Raising Stony Mayhall is a novel I read back in 2012.  This was at the beginning of the ‘zombie craze’ and I feel the novel does not get enough credit. It is a different kind of zombie novel.  The description of the novel is what piqued my curiosity and I gave it a try and was glad I did read it! The way it ends seems like it was going to have a sequel, but as far as I know one was not written.

I hope to re-read Raising Stony Mayhall in the future so I can properly review it.  If you enjoy zombie books, give it a try!

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