There's a million and one ways for the world to die. Some seem to be more gruesome than others. I'm not a real fan of the gorier ways for us to shuffle off this mortal coil, but I'm okay with realism.

I can't remember if my first post-apocalyptic novel was The Stand or Alas, Babylon - either way, great start to the genre. Sets the bar pretty high. But since I enjoy both, it shows I'm okay with a little science-fiction, a little mythology embedded in with my scientific reasoning for everything going KA-BOOM at the end. I don't get a lot of free time to read "fun" stuff now - during the school year I'm either reading student work or writing or reading journal articles, so summer break and winter break are when I do the bulk of my reading. I binge-read novels like other people binge watch Netflix. During one holiday break awhile back I read Hugh Howey's Wool series, and loved it. Just found out he has a new one now, so I just ordered it, which is good, because I finished my binge-read for the holiday weekend, which was The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin, which is the like The Stand meets Salem's Lot meets the Walking Dead meets ... I don't know, something else really good. Sounds like the third part of the series will be released just in time for my winter break - YAY.

But now Hugh Howey is part of a trilogy of short stories designed to be pre-apocalyptic/ apocalyptic/ post-apocalyptic. They're calling it an apocalypse triptych and I think it is a genius move. I am so on board. "Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse." http://www.johnjosephadams.com/apocalypse-tri…

Oh yeah, SIGN ME UP. I don't have enough days left in vacation, I don't think.

What are you reading?