Monday, December 9, 2013

brushfire plague the sequel


BRUSHFIRE PLAGUE SEQUEL

Yes, minions, a book review today.  I know you don’t always like them.  I don’t like pedaling to work in minus nine ( and not even winter yet ) and getting to work late and trying to type with frozen fingers.  Just go with it.  Okay, Prepper Press is the Yuppie Scum Survivalists we all know and love.  As long as you acknowledge their universe before stepping in, you can enjoy their books.  You don’t watch NCIS ( the original, not the hackneyed vomited spin-off in LA ) and really believe that the team solves crimes, without fail, just because Fearless Leader demands it.  You don’t think crimes get solved in hours, do you?  But a TV show doesn’t ask you to take the months with them they need to solve a case.  And these books, prepper/militia porn, don’t give you a true apocalypse to live in.  It is a quasi/semi/kinda apocalypse.  I do enjoy those, as long as I wasn’t misled into thinking I was reading something else.  They are fun.  And as long as they give you pause to think, to say, hey, THAT could happen, that is all the lesson you should expect.  Do you really think a mutated bug could wipe out a billion folks, in targeted countries?  Close enough.  It isn’t the bug that concerns us in this series though, but the consequences that follow.  So, the cause isn’t the number one factor.  Which is why I’m enjoying these. 

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The author, RP Ruggiero, started out the series with the collapse and quickly moved to hints on the people who engineered the plague and their geopolitical moves.  He kept it sly at first and is only begrudgingly hinting at more as time goes on.  By the end of the second book, you still don’t know what China is going to do, even as reports surface that the medical and supply teams might be accompanied by troops ( the Chinese are welcomed in by our government ).  And, I have to be the first to say, RP, you beautiful bastard, thank you from the bottom of my heart for moving away from the Gott Damn UN Blue Helmet invasion theme that is SOOOO friggin 90’s ( and even then it was insufferable ).  Now, to the sequel.   The first book was written a bit in a movie style.  Quick action with little in the way of background.  The sequel slows it down and relaxes and doesn’t try to get so much done.  I like that, because when I visit an author’s universe, I want to enjoy it.  It isn’t a pulp fiction twenty minute Saturday matinee I want, but a trip to another world.  I’m glad he chose that direction.  And, in my opinion, the writing does improve ( it was fine before, but nothing special.  He is getting his sea legs and improving ).  The bad part was, the every third page ( or so it seemed ) Kotex Moment Ad.  My gog, man!  Can your male characters please nut up?  I really don’t need all these feelings forced down my throat.  But, hey.  What do I know?  I’m just a cynical older bastard.  If you liked the first Brushfire Plague, you will like the sequel, Reckoning. 

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15 comments:

  1. I work for social security. All I need is a name and I can get any info. on anybody.
    ( i.e. where they work ) Isn't that great?

    Me.

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    1. Report back on my name. Am I on any lists I should know about? If the Secret Service is one, I know my name calling has worked.

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  2. Another book review? Mondays suck.

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    1. You think the review sucks? After I was done writing it I went outside to start work and the work truck had a flat. My feet are just now thawing out four hours later. THAT sucks. On the up side, the day can only get better.

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  3. hoards of baby boomers are retiring and milking the system dry. i hope obama care kicks in soon and the death panels fix the problem. fucking boomers.

    obama can save money if he will cut benefits. the old farts are living in luxury. they're living on stolen money. hurry up and die please.

    i'd cut benefits to anyone that was in the air force or navy. thos aren't really military. more like a taxi service for the real troops. just because they gave real men rides into combat they think they deserve monies. a-holes. most of them are gay.

    old fat people are the worst. always bitching about their health problems. sit on your ass all day and eat crappy food then wonder why you have heart problems. morons. no more free medicine for old farts over 60. that would save a lot of monies.

    your friend kimber

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  4. Seems Creekmore is joining the "Nothing really bad is going to happen" band.

    http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/break-free-with-reality-five-common-piles-of-prepper-bs/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PlanPrepareSurvive+%28%40TheSurvivalistBlog.net%29

    I love all the comments on this trash article being "common sense". He uses the worst examples like heading of to the woods with no plan. How about if you have a plan and supplies? Is that a steaming pile?

    I see more and more "preppers" writers going this way.

    Trying to make themselves popular with the "Storm Preppers" as I call them. Food for days or at most a couple of weeks. People that still spend most money on video games and fast food and truly have no real desire to become Survivalists.

    As much as Rawles is a yuppie survivalist at least he's a Survivalist!

    MICoyote

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    1. Thanks for the link, I'll try to get over there. I do admire Rawles-I don't agree with his example being relivent now.

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  5. Hey Jim,

    What do you calculate for SHTF food consumption of wheat per person? A pound a day?

    Thanks

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    1. One pound is 1500 calories. Starvation level, but BTN

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  6. Here's some seed for budding apocalyptic authors: Life as a series of Wal-mart parking lots.
    http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2013/11/walmart-parking-lots/#slideid-94851

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    1. Whats the story? Stranded RVers when gas runs out?

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    2. Lord Bison of the Great Basin and King of Coiffure;

      Not to presume the mind of Ardmore, however looking at the denizens of the Wal-Mart Parking lot in Flagstaff, Arizona could provide inspiration for a post-apocalyptic fiction writing project.

      The premise would be something like this: One 'Jerry Smith' of Yukon, Oklahoma Age 54 years, a recovering alcoholic and recent "Born-Again" Christian, long-term unemployed due to the widget factory being moved to Ciduad de Juarez five years ago when the current pretender in chief was selected to office. 'Jerry' knows that the whole game is rigged and has begun to preach his version of the apocalypse to his fellow denizens of the Wal-Mart Parking lot community. Thereupon 'Jerry' amasses his now followers towards complete mayhem in the now upon-us collapse and uses his damaged morality to forge a semblance of order out of complete chaos. Not that I'd read the drivel but an idea nonetheless. Keep keeping it real, James!

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    3. Dear Anon Y mouse, never assume Ardmore has a mind! I was thinking along the line of William Gibson's short story "Skinner's Room". Where homeless people take over the Golden Gate bridge in SF and turn it into a city. Imagine a world where Wal-Mart parking lots become City-States: how would they differ culturally - Georgia ain't Texas for instance.
      So, let the protagonist move through the parking lot cultures - then what?

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    4. Ardmore;

      Because it would be apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic, "doomer-porn" this is where 'Jerry' would amass his army of similarly disfranchised parking lot dwellers and go on the offensive creating a sort of order out of the chaos that is the collapse of the North American Consumerist Petroleum society. Much like a rip-off of Lloyd Tackett's 'A Distant Eden' series, but scaled to the white-trash irregular crowd, without the set-up rural off-grid retreats, stocked with everything a yuppie Johnny-come-lately could want.

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