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Pandemic books

joulukuu 27, 2020, 5:57pm

I just finished “Pandemic” by Robin Cook. Looking for recommendations on other pandemic related books.

joulukuu 27, 2020, 6:16pm


joulukuu 27, 2020, 7:24pm

I thought The Great Influenza was fascinating when I read it a decade or so ago. It might be even more interesting now.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 27, 2020, 8:21pm

For nonfiction, Richard Preston has written about both Ebola and smallpox.

A slower paced but excellent novel about a pandemic is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

In historical fiction, I recently read The Winter Station, which is about a historical plague pandemic in Kharbin on the Russian-Chinese border.

Edit to fix touchstones

joulukuu 27, 2020, 10:59pm

>5 sparemethecensor: Yeah, Richard Preston wrote The Hot Zone which was the basis for the movie "Outbreak." Not necessarily specific to a pandemic, but pretty gripping stuff, and a bit gross at times.

Shortly after I read The Hot Zone, I also happened to pick up Daniel Kalla's Pandemic that happened to be at the grocery store till. It wasn't bad though not as good at The Hot Zone (also fiction) but not something I would read more than once. Basic plot is virus plus terrorism relevant to the time frame.

There are a lot of books called "Pandemic" so that's an easy search to just look at stuff.

joulukuu 28, 2020, 9:49am

A friend had recommended Spillover which was written several years ago, but it is too scary for me to read now.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 28, 2020, 10:19am

>7 vwinsloe: I read it in April, and thought it was really good. It's a scary topic, but the writing doesn't try to make it scarier. In my review I quoted,
"Yes, we are all gonna die. Yes. We are all gonna pay taxes and we are all gonna die. Most of us, though, will probably die of something more mundane than a new virus. "

The book I bought this year, but am avoiding (like the plague) is The Plague.

joulukuu 28, 2020, 12:45pm

>7 vwinsloe:

Read it - it is scary but not in a bad way - despite the author being a journalist, he does not try to go for the sensational and scary. I read it a few years ago and I wish more people read it. To quote the end of my review (from 2015):
"It is the proper mix between adventure and science and history to work - and it lacks ANY of the paranoia that similar books tend to contain. It is reporting - from decades of work and centuries of history with one question at the end - what will be the next one. And as I already mentioned, that is the answer that we may never find until it actually happens."

5 years later and yep, the next one did show up and we did not see it coming until it got us.

joulukuu 29, 2020, 9:25am

>8 MarthaJeanne: & >9 AnnieMod: Thanks. Maybe I should give it a try.

joulukuu 29, 2020, 9:28am

The Mira Grant novella Kingdom of needle and bone is all about a flu-like pandemic and vaccinations.

joulukuu 29, 2020, 3:59pm

The End of October by Lawrence Wright (fiction) was good. It was also released this year (2020).

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 30, 2020, 8:33am

>12 ValerieAndBooks: Coincidentally, The New Yorker has devoted nearly its entire Jan. 4 issue to Lawrence Wright's nonfiction dissection of what went wrong with the pandemic response in the U.S. response to the coronavirus.

joulukuu 31, 2020, 5:12pm

Sarah Pinkser's A Song For a New Day is set post pandemics in a world where in-person social gatherings and live music are no longer acceptable.
Mary Robinette Kowal's The Relentless Moon includes an outbreak on the moon.
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern is about a pandemic and the push to vaccinate an entire planet before the flu mutates again.
The Trespassers by Meg Mundell is about an outbreak on an migrant worker ship after pandemics have stopped most international travel.

joulukuu 31, 2020, 11:33pm

Feed, and the rest of the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant, is set in a world where a pandemic from the accidental combination of two modified viruses has led to a zombie plague.

tammikuu 2, 1:02pm

In addition to the great suggestions already made, I'll add:
Severance by Ling Ma
The Stand by Stephen King
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 4, 4:25pm

I recently read Chris Bohjalian's The Red Lotus and in my notes said it was a little too pandemic-y for me. Little did he know. Same goes for Lawrence Wright who published a novel this year, The End of October, about a "virus bringing the world to its knees." I may read it ... but not anytime soon.

tammikuu 5, 10:40am

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. Set after a flu pandemic has depopulated much of the earth. I'm not sure I could read it now.

tammikuu 5, 10:53am

>20 Lynsey2: Oh yes! That's a great one.

tammikuu 5, 10:56am

Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson. In this book the Black Death is more deadly leaving Europe virtually unpopulated, the author goes on to explore what happens in the following centuries.

tammikuu 5, 2:47pm

fever 1793 by Laurie Anderson
the pull of the stars, Emma Donoghue

tammikuu 5, 7:09pm

>13 rosalita: Thank you for sharing that link. A very comprehensive look at the COVID-related events of 2020.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 11, 1:54pm

For nonfiction, I'd recommend Pandemic Century by Mark Honigsbaum.

For fiction, I really liked The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker.

helmikuu 4, 5:42pm

You'll have to wait until May, but The Premonition is coming from Michael Lewis:

helmikuu 4, 6:18pm

Pale Rider by Laura Spinney is about the Spanish flu in 1918.

helmikuu 5, 11:09am

Company of Liars by Karen Maitland and To Calais In Ordinary Time by James Meek are both historic fiction about the black death.

helmikuu 6, 9:55pm

My brother is currently reading Scalzi's Lock In which takes place during and after a pandemic.

helmikuu 7, 3:57am

helmikuu 10, 1:20am

Agnes at the End of the World a religious cult and a pandemic!

helmikuu 16, 6:38pm

Lockdown, Peter May. Thriller.
Originally rejected by publishers as being too unrealistic. Little did they know.

helmikuu 17, 8:49pm

I am currently reading Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome by John Scalzi. A prequel to Lock In. Not bad.

helmikuu 18, 10:33am

Useat käyttäjät ovat merkinneet tämän viestin asiattomaksi eikä sitä enää näytetä. (näytä)
Another pandemic "type" book (which hinges on major shortages, martial law, etc.) is the Fall of the Cities series.

helmikuu 18, 10:55am

>35 EntradaPublishing:. I’ve flagged your post as Spam because it leads to a sales site. Please use touchstones that direct to the LT page.

helmikuu 18, 1:40pm

>35 EntradaPublishing: To create a touchstone for a series, surround the name of the series and with three straight brackets on each side (using the opening and closing brackets)...

Fall of the Cities by Vance Huxley

Use only one bracket on each side to search through individual works and two to search through authors.

helmikuu 18, 2:14pm


And, of course, your assessment of that particular series is utterly unaffected by who published it. And you must just have forgotten that it doesn't actually seem to include an actual pandemic in your eagerness to promote something you published in a way that *just* skirts being inappropriate.

You aren't fooling anyone.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 14, 3:38pm

Uhura's Song by Janet Kagan features an epidemic, but the main plot has to do with the Enterprise tracing the colony's original homeworld and trying to get help from them to find out what the disease was like *before* it mutated so badly.

Might not satisfy, because the cultural / historical stuff and trying to get the homeworld's people to cooperate is the main plot rather than the medical work itself.

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (yes, Jurassic Park's author, but this is from way back) is trying to *prevent* the titular organism from really getting loose. Main plot is set in a very secure US government laboratory.

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Time of the Fourth Horseman is a pandemic but probably not available as an ebook, and it was written long enough ago that it's got the then-popular overpopulation issue as part of the plot.

maaliskuu 14, 6:20pm

If you're interested in the field of emergent diseases I recommend The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett, it covers a lot of ground but quite interesting.