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"The Purple Cloud" is by M P Sheil. The three books that I have mentioned are older, and may be harder to get now, but I think that they are worth looking for.
 

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You might also try to get some of the works of John Christopher (":No Blade Of Grass":, "Pendulum", "The World In Winter") and J G Ballard ( such as "The Crystal World" and "The Wind From Nowhere"). Leigh Brackett's "The Long Tomorrow" is another older work that could be worth a look.
 

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I am Legend, Earth Abides and The Stand definitely among the best I've read. I'll also add The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, its dated now to England in the 40/50s but like The War of the Worlds I never found that to be a bad thing.

Maybe not one of PK Dick's best but Dr Bloodmoney isn't bad either and well worth a read. I can't remember if Gregory Benford's Timescape should count or not, its more apocalyptic than post-apocalyptic but I'd recommend it either way if you don't mind a lot of science with your fiction.
 

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I am Legend
The Road
Tomorrow Series if into YA.
I really didn’t enjoy I Am Legend. The protagonist was much less likeable than in the movie, IMO, e.g. his alcoholism and his fits of rage were like a baby wanting its bottle.

I LOVED The Road, though. Both film and book are gut-wrenchingly bleak and real.

Anyone read The Stand? It’s on my list to read in 2018.
 

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I really didn’t enjoy I Am Legend. The protagonist was much less likeable than in the movie, IMO, e.g. his alcoholism and his fits of rage were like a baby wanting its bottle.
:eek: He's a normal person isolated in a world where he maybe the last of his kind while monsters outside constantly taunt and threaten. What do you think happens to someone in that situation over time?

The movie completely missed the point of the book and more specifically the title they used from the book. Turning Neville into a doctor was its first absurdity.
 

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:eek: He's a normal person isolated in a world where he maybe the last of his kind while monsters outside constantly taunt and threaten. What do you think happens to someone in that situation over time?

The movie completely missed the point of the book and more specifically the title they used from the book. Turning Neville into a doctor was its first absurdity.
I think the way he was written was the non-believable part for me; perhaps just the literary style. It went on and on about his rage building up until he exploded and the way he described his sexual urges was just strangely put. I guess I’d more identify with someone who became obsessive or morbidly depressed than the Neville of the books. Just my opinion :)
 

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I think the way he was written was the non-believable part for me; perhaps just the literary style. It went on and on about his rage building up until he exploded and the way he described his sexual urges was just strangely put. I guess I’d more identify with someone who became obsessive or morbidly depressed than the Neville of the books. Just my opinion :)
Matheson's main protagonist were usually based on his personality / perspective when they got themselves in these unusual situations. For some who read his stuff it doesnt work. I don't share your view with that book but felt similar in one he wrote later called Hunted Past Reason. That was an odd one.
 

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I really didn’t enjoy I Am Legend. The protagonist was much less likeable than in the movie, IMO, e.g. his alcoholism and his fits of rage were like a baby wanting its bottle.

I LOVED The Road, though. Both film and book are gut-wrenchingly bleak and real.

Anyone read The Stand? It’s on my list to read in 2018.
The Stand...there are two versions...
 

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The Stand (1990 version) by Stephen King. Really long book (over 1000 pages) so you get to know some of the characters in their normal lives first. Those ones are really well written, so well written that if the apocalypse didn't happen you'd still keep reading just for their stories. The build to the collapse of society and the collapse itself is really good. King deserves particular praise for making middle America, highways, soft drink cans etc seem like fascinating pieces of an epic world as the story goes on (if you've never driven in America it's really not epic at all unless you're in a national park or can see Manhattan in the distance). Loved this book for the first 80%. But the last fifth turns... the bad kind of Stephen King who believes he's above conclusions and endings that are satisfying or enjoyable or even just good. It was very similar to the shitty ending of his long-running epic series The Dark Tower. The ending of that series was so bad it took me 5 years to pick up this. In comparison the ending of this isn't as bad I'm never going to read Stephen King again. He just doesn't care about endings and that astounds me but more importantly it angers me after putting hours and hours into reading. Overall though this is a good book and I'm glad I read it. You'll enjoy it. More if you haven't read The Dark Tower and already received a slap across the face.. **** you Stephen King.
 
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Wool by Hugh Howey. Premise from web search "takes place in the world of the silo, a 144-floor underground community of humans, hundreds of years after an unknown event has caused the air above ground to become toxic." This was really good and exciting for the most part. Having to go outside to clean the only camera lens of the world above and die is the ultimate punishment so much of the drama is built around those happenings and that's used to keep the population obedient in ways we as the reader can tell are a little suspect. Computer technology is dialed back from what is available to us... as a reader we pick up on that and it gets into that later. Humans have been underground for so many generations with a view of a shitty wasteland that they've lost touch of what the world use to be. They think elephant drawings in ancient children's books are fantasy creatures because they can't fathom an animal larger than a dog or a space that could have so much life. They basically think of their 144 floors as the world. A criticism I have is there's a love subplot that feels a bit too young adult novel. Otherwise I liked it and was going to order the next books in the Silo trilogy but there was a surprising number of reviews from people who loved Wool that just tore into the second book so I may never get around to that. But Wool is worth reading. Check it out!
 

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Loved The Stand. One of my favourites for sure. Hard to judge with 100% certainty though as I have yet to commit to a re-read.

One that hasn't been mentioned which I loved is the girl with all the gifts. About a virus that turns people into 28 days style man eaters and the remaining humans trying to find a solution.

Another is Year One by Nora Roberts. This comes with a disclaimer that the author normally writes romance novels and it shows through in some parts. Some corny arse dialogue but I liked the story that aside. It's pretty much a young adult book, definitely an easier read than the stand.
 
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