Monday, February 17, 2014

life after bugging out

LIFE AFTER BUGGING OUT

This is the second book by Paylie Roberts and I enjoyed this one even more than the first. Was it the perfect post-apocalypse novel? Of course not. Was it a darn good one, and worth your money and time? Absolutely. It does blur the line a bit between dystopian and post-apoc in that after a few years the FedGov, or at least a group masquerading as them with their equipment and supplies, does return with a vengeance. Of course, after the apocalypse some remnants of our national government will still be around, but three years is a bit of a stretch to assume without a civilian base the factories and oil refineries would still be operational ( it presumes both total government competence and stockpiles not seen since those sneaky little Jap bastards still intent on revenge for Hiroshima invented Just-In-Time inventory systems ).

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This is partially answered by the characters discussing the probability that the economic collapse was engineered. I’m not a big fan of this notion, although it is certainly based on solid history. Let’s just call it possible but perhaps not very probable. It certainly doesn’t stretch credibility like zombie novels do ( regardless of how well they gay it up with quasi-science ). I wasn’t much of a fan either of the foreign troops or the contrails, but the conspiracy aspect was certainly not overdone nor unbelievable. It just wasn’t my personal choice of theories, in all honesty. It wasn’t the collapse background that made this book. Like her first book, Paylie has an uncommon knack for getting to the reality of life, washing away most of the wishful thinking that keeps our glasses rose hued. She isn’t morosely doom and gloom, nor is she optimistically struggling to keep alive the long ago murdered American Dream.

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In her world, work is hard and people and events keep throwing up roadblocks to soil prior achievements, but life is still good at its core and love and family are what matters. But this isn’t some Hippie tree hugging “we’ll all just tend to our permaculture homesteads and every one else will leave us alone, standing back in awe of our grasp on sustainability”. This is “the chickens keep dying and the crap weather keeps reducing our crop output and people want to steal our farms and every time I run harder at the gerbil wheel I get less in return but I’m still struggling”.

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Not only is Paylie’s grasp on reality admirable, her attention to detail is amazing. If you read this book for no other reason, pay attention to the myriad ways all the tiny failures of every day items cascade into roadblocks to solving common problems no one ever paid attention to. I was beholden to this story on this point alone. This sucker WILL make you think. What more do you want from a post-apoc tale? Sure, not a long story, the characterization was sparse, the collapse was a smidge hard to believe. But the pluses far outweighed the minuses. I’m in awe of this girls efforts and I hope the author still has a muse whispering its Siren song of helpless seduction into her ear ( a terrible thing to wish the writers curse on someone, but a pleasurable outcome to their readers ).

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8 comments:

  1. Oh Great Exhaulted One, I have been reading and watching on-line videos of long term food storage using food grade 5-gallon buckets and mettalic sealable bags. I humbly ask for your opinion on this mater. What is your preferred means for long term storage? The cost of the bags and the de-oxygenators doesn't seem too bad, much better than the cost of the special screw on gasketed lids.

    Please send some of your precious wisdom on those less worthy.

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    1. Go back awile to the series of articles "PEE". Food storage is a large section. Let me know if there are remaining questions after you peruse.

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  2. How do we find the amazon wish list?

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  3. MICoyote

    I got "LIFE AFTER BUGGING OUT" on Kindle.

    It's okay, but there are so many things that are wrong too.

    The fake NG wearing ribbons on his BDUs?

    Someone takes out the fake NG checkpoint but leaves behind weapons and gear?

    The neighbors caring for their garden and livestock?

    Telling the whole town about being preppers? And most of the town agrees?

    Solar power won't do what she says unless she had another 100 panels.

    And what was it with the writing out a British accent?

    She did get some of the problems right.

    I read it and got a refund.

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  4. MICoyote

    I meant Bugging out to nowhere.

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    1. Her first one had a few issues, but the potential and promise were very clear, to me. Hell, look at my first fiction tries. Even the current Loco Gringos is going to pale to my future efforts ( by the way, baring end-of-world, the next chapter will be this Monday )

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  5. Paylee's first book was weirdly clueless. Remember she lives in a little town where she thinks people will just starve to death while she feeds her dogs, and all the bad guys just wander off. Now it sounds like she is going militia.

    I would like to hear just what about her first book was even remotely realistic.

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