Blue Plague: The Fall, a prepper fantasy

Nope, it has been highly recommended (even by my MOM!) but I’ve had no time as I’m still behind on what I’ve been grabbing from Kindle Unlimited. I haven’t even really looked at it, but I hear its a great book recommendation engine.

You will note my paren “…or description adopted…”, but yeah, I got your thought on that.

As a librarian, my internal code of ethics means that I have to be respectful of any author whether I value their work or not. The adage that cream floats to the top is still, I hope, true, as is the adage that your mileage will certainly vary from mine.

Went to the amazon page to check it out, and one of the 4-star reviews had this to say:

I want to say that I did not find that the main characters penis was a chapter worth but it is mentioned and actually in a joking manner because people were picking with him about it like men do. It is bawdy humor but realistic humor that I have heard a thousand times.
Well alrighty then. Ridiculous and brutal, like you said.

The Amazon Kindle version of this book has DRM. A DRM-free epub version can be purchased at .


You realize you can remove DRM from Amazon books in approximately two seconds, right? I do it for every Amazon book I purchase and then I archive my DRM-free copy in Calibre.


I dunno, I have stated many times here that I am a total sucker for Doc Savage. They are definitely not all good and very formulaic (but then if the guy writing them is doing one to two a month well that is gonna happen) but it makes me happy when I read them. That does not mean I don’t read other things.
I doubt @jlw reads this kind of stuff exclusively but he does enjoy it and I like that he shares it with us showing that not every bit of fiction has to be great writing to have a good time reading it.


A while ago Ursula Vernon wrote something (which I can’t find now) saying how she didn’t mind the wild success the 50 Shades books received because the huge piles of money that Random House made on the deal allowed them to purchase and publish more books from other authors, including her.


The Prepper Fantasy that one day the world might become alot more exciting for me that the boring slog that it is, and when that happens I will be ready and awesome.
The fantasy of being a baddass.

Like the Fantasy that I have a shotgun loaded and ready in my closet, and when that druggie breaks into my house one night, I’ll show him whose boss. I’ll blow that mutherfucker away, and be a hero goddamnit.


How about what Cory writes?

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I feel ya. Glen Cook’s fantasy PI novels (the name of which escapes me) are my guilty pleasure. I know they’re objectively terrible Chandler/Spillane pastiches, but what’s wrong with a cheerfully unrepentant gumshoe pastiche? nothing, that’s what.

First, I read a shitload of Clive Cussler novels, and they’re formulaic as well, in plot, character, dialog, etc. I can definitely appreciate that sort of writing in much the same way some people might watch (ugh, gross) the Kardashian Kulture Show. Guilty pleasures and all that jazz.

And I framed my comment poorly in suggesting “authorship” as a whole is lowered by the suggestion of reading “Blue plague”. I was thinking more in terms of a librarian promoting a set of books, as opposed to a private blog…promoting a set of books. I’m writing myself into a corner, I think…

Bottom line, I guess I’m saying that of all the great stuff floating around out there, new and old, I was a little surprised to see something promoted that was also described as “ridiculous and brutal”, and essentially schlocky nonsensical fun. Old, outstanding stuff like:

And newer stuff:

Apologies for the link dump! My basic thought, poorly constructed–what’s the great stuff BB people are reading, whether old or new?


@OtherMichael beat me to it. There is also the book club discussion in the dizzy category as well.


When someone buys a book with DRM (removable or not), he or she gives up the chance to send the author and publisher the important signal (a lost sale) that there are people out there who seriously dislike DRM.

P.S. Another reason for my pointing out Smashwords versions of the Kindle books discussed in these reviews is a response ( Omega 1 Exile, free for Kindle ) to one of my earlier posts indicating that at least some would-be readers are blocked from getting the U.S. Kindle versions of these books.

When I was a kid, I was shopping for a school which would both prepare me for ivy league academia, as well as the zombie apocalypse. They might even be the same thing, really.

Authors are pretty clear that they don’t receive these signals when you do that. They just receive a lost sale. It isn’t up to them, generally, unless they are so successful that they have a pick of publishers.

Frankly, having my books as part of the Kindle ecosystem on a variety of devices that sync outweighs the bother for me of removing the DRM.

that you can remove it isn’t the point. This guy is offering a version that doesn’t have it to begin with.

and I can sync it to my phone, my kindle, and my tablet in real time so my reading position moves on each when I read another chapter? No.

It is the point to me that I can remove and maintain the benefit of the ecosystem. You go hang out with Stallman. :smile:

Sir, no thank you, Sir! I cannot possibly abide such idiosyncrasy!

Some of the books covered in these reviews appear to be by indie authors, who would have more freedom of choice on using DRM.

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