Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Frightening Tale Well Told

Survivors: A Novel of the Coming CollapseSurvivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I emailed the following fan letter to the author:

Hello, James, Thank you for taking time to read this. A quick review of SurvivalBlog shows how busy you are. Just finished Survivors and loved it. The ending makes me think there may be a sequel. Call me an emotional pushover (for a 64 year old straight and married guy) – I shed a tear when ["Spoiler" edited out]. Call me Pollyanna – my wife and I live near Boston and I continue to work as administrator of an urban library. Call me a poor prognosticator – halfway through Survivors I wondered if [another Spoiler edited out.] If there is a sequel I’ll be interested in the political future you create. I know this is presumptuous, but I would love for you to visit my blog and read my short essay on “The Library as Barn-Raising” at
It is my clumsy attempt to formulate an intelligent perspective on the need to know when to share – including sharing work – and when to be self-sufficient. The current public discussion that offers an either-or choice of collectivism versus private property and personal responsibility seems to miss the wisdom and common sense of our forefathers. Whether you do that or not, I thank you for a great read.

I realize you don’t “do” social media networking, but I am going to praise Survivors on Goodreads, and to my personal network. Happy New Year! Harry The Librarian

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