Well now, isn’t this exciting? Amazon has come out with “Kindle Unlimited” which is unlimited access to 600k titles for a flat fee of $10 a month. I couldn’t get many details, like if the books disappear after a time ( only important if you are stockpiling for the apocalypse ), but I did notice quite a few post-apocalypse titles under that program. Most of them are Pure D trash, with I’d guess perhaps one in ten being even readable- but even the free ones ( where one in thirty are worthy ) do barf forth a really great book once in awhile. Take for instance “Crash Book One” by Michael Robertson. There was a bit too much of the “The Road” touchy feely father and son interaction which got on my nerves, but overall the story is pretty kick ass. It actually went where none dare- realism, non-happy endings and torture, starvation and cold rather than guns blazing semi-auto patriotic porn. I never would have come across it if it hadn’t been free, although I had to wade through legions of unreadable zombie crap to get there.
Take another example. “Prepping For Armageddon On A Budget Book 1” by Charlie Bennett. I came across his book by a recommendation in a fiction book I’d never have bought. It was free, so I read it, didn’t much care for it, came across the reference for Charlie’s book which pried a buck out of my wallet I normally wouldn’t have parted with, and I was very pleasantly surprised. There are a few things I was suspicious of- he gives advice to kill water goobies using two or three different methods where one would work, but then declares the petroleum residue from shingles done away with even though it shouldn’t be. However, overall, his is the first advice on surviving in place in the suburbs that I’ve found feasible and full of common sense. His food storage advice was unique and full of inspiring ideas. And he has a great sense of humor. I’d heartily recommend his book. Which, by the by, would be free with Kindle Unlimited. My point is without wading through a lot of crap you can’t find the gems and if you can wade through all the rejects without fearing the loss of so much money then you find more gems. I, fearless leader and all around swell guy, shall now endeavor to lead the pack of mangy flea bitten blog writers in subscribing to this service, force myself to read all manner of drivel, and will report to all and sundry free of charge any reported pearls I uncover in this pig sty ( I challenge you- if you don’t have a Kindle, get an app for your other computing device that reads the books, then go to Amazon and search under Kindle Books for “post-Apocalypse fiction”. Download twenty of the free ones. I guarantee you that you have NEVER in your life encountered so much crappy ungodly unprofessional sloppy drivel masquerading as fiction writing in your life ). The sacrifices I make for my minions.
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