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by John Shirley

  • ISBN: 1587671506
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: John Shirley
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications; Ltd Sgd edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Pages: 292
  • ePub book: 1379 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1765 kb
  • Other: mbr txt lit mobi
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 297

Description

In horror writer John Shirley's new book, The Other End, he takes a break from the blood and guts and gore to address a more philosophical question in rebuttal to Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins' evangelical Left Behind series

In horror writer John Shirley's new book, The Other End, he takes a break from the blood and guts and gore to address a more philosophical question in rebuttal to Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins' evangelical Left Behind series. While some may think this an intended backlash against the various stories and predictions of the rapture and other end of the world prophecies from various Christian denominations, the story comes off as more of an interesting "what if" at first that, by the end, becomes more contemplative and questioning of those of certain beliefs.

The Other End, John Shirley’s brilliant and biting apocalyptic thriller, is the veteran author’s answer to the bestselling Left Behind novels. A magnificent amalgam of science fiction, horror, satire, and heart-pounding adventure, it’s a stunning and thought-provoking tale of righteous redemption in a dystopian near-future. One fee. Stacks of books.

The Other End, John Shirley’s brilliant and biting apocalyptic thriller, is the veteran author’s answer to the bestselling Left Behind novels

The Other End, John Shirley’s brilliant and biting apocalyptic thriller, is the veteran author’s answer to the bestselling Left Behind novels.

I had this for a while, but I was hesitant to read, yet it is John Shirley, so I figured it would be worth a go. I am not disappointed at all. This is a unique spin on the end of days, and is conveyed in a very interesting way.

John Shirley is the author of more than thirty novels. He is considered seminal to the cyberpunk movement in science fiction and has been called the postmodern Poe of horror. His numerous short stories have been compiled into eight collections including Black Butterflies: A Flock on the Darkside, winner of the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and named as one of the best one hundred books of the year by Publishers Weekly. He has written scripts for television and film, and is best known as co-writer of The Crow.

As a longtime fan of Shirley's works I was not disappointed. The novel seems very hopeful to me, although others may assert it is wish fulfillment. But why not, we need something hopeful in these times of soft fascism. we need more imagination and a positive vision of something other than faster tanks and more murderous robots and Shirley provides that.

The Other End. John Shirley. ISBN 10: 1587671506, ISBN 13: 9781587671500. You know you don't want and can't believe in the usual "End Times" scenarios that are predicted and ballyhooed by hysterical, superstitious people

The Other End. You know you don't want and can't believe in the usual "End Times" scenarios that are predicted and ballyhooed by hysterical, superstitious people. But when you look around at the world as it stands you see Darfur, you see Somalia and the Congo, you see the modern slavery of indentured servitude, you see children sold into prostitution, you see millions starving, you see mindless wars, you see people you care about dying of Alzheimer's and children dying of cancer and millions of others trapped in. Black Glass. In Extremis: The Most Extreme Short Stories of John Shirley. Gurdjieff: An Introduction to His Life and Ideas.

Also by John Shirley: Prev. The Other End. Everything Is Broken.

John Shirley (born February 10, 1953) is an American writer, primarily of fantasy, science fiction, dark street fiction, and songwriting. He has also written one historical novel, a western about Wyatt Earp, Wyatt in Wichita, and one non-fiction book, Gurdjieff: An Introduction to His Life and Ideas. Shirley has written novels, short stories, TV scripts and g The Crow and has published over 40 books and 8 short-story collections

Do you ever think that the human world is hopelessly out of balance, blighted, off track, and the only hope is some kind of apocalypse, some sort of end of the world that would allow the human race a new beginning, a fresh start without...ah...certain people?You know you don't want and can't believe in the usual "End Times" scenarios that are predicted and ballyhooed by hysterical, superstitious people.But when you look around at the world as it stands you see Darfur, you see Somalia and the Congo, you see the modern slavery of indentured servitude, you see children sold into prostitution, you see millions starving, you see mindless wars, you see people you care about dying of Alzheimer's and children dying of cancer and millions of others trapped in schizophrenia or living lives of media-hypnotized desperation...You see a planet beset by a loss of biodiversity, a depleted ozone layer, slash-and-burn destruction of rainforests, and the onset of global warming...And you know that because the population of the Earth is increasing, it's only going to get worse. This can't go on; something has to change.What if you could change it? What if you could design your own Judgment Day?What if there were another end rather than one based on childish interpretations of religion, bias, bigotry, exclusion, and cultural narrowness?What if Judgment Day came for the whole world and offered true justice?It would be THE OTHER END.

Comments

Runemane Runemane
I can't remember the last book I read so voraciously. Mr. Shirley has written a fine page turner here. I won't give away any spoilers, but when I saw the direction he was taking it, I couldn't put it down. Great pacing, some pretty tense moments, and a satisfying ending make this an excellent story.
Mayno Mayno
This is the way the world ends.
This is the way the world ends.
This is the way the world ends.

Not with a bang, but with a cone of light that appears and makes things right in its wake. With a standing wave of compassion and justice that sweeps across the globe...

This tale is the antidote to every other end of the world story. This is how the world *should* end.
Dainris Dainris
As a relatively new John Shirley reader, I didn't know what to expect. Having enjoyed some of his darker stuff, this was a fresh perspective on the End (or Beginning).
I don't want to give anything away, suffice it to say this novel was less preachy (not really preachy at all, in fact) than I was lead to believe and far more uplifting than I
anticipated. A wonderful reward for anyone willing to go deeper than the simple surface purported by any of the various religious apocalypses. As with any good book
or story, I was left wanting more. Peace.
Purestone Purestone
I couldn't put it down- a feel good book in a most unusual way.
Rollers from Abdun Rollers from Abdun
A compelling mashup of science fiction, conspiracy theory and theological ends of the earth. While the characters are more cliché then fully formed human beings they fit their purpose and are great illustrations for the story being told. Solidly makes the case that the choices we make can make a difference in our futures. Amazingly optimistic given the topic.
Androrim Androrim
In horror writer John Shirley's new book, The Other End, he takes a break from the blood and guts and gore to address a more philosophical question in rebuttal to Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins' evangelical Left Behind series. While some may think this an intended backlash against the various stories and predictions of the rapture and other end of the world prophecies from various Christian denominations, the story comes off as more of an interesting "what if" at first that, by the end, becomes more contemplative and questioning of those of certain beliefs.

The world as we know it is going through some changes, at least for some people. Strange visions are being experienced across the planet, with colors and lights, and once over, the person is changed, except its affecting people of a certain nature, who can best be described as bad or evil or selfish or greedy, or all of the above. We're talking about corrupt politicians, child slavers and traffickers, genocidal warlords and soldiers, people harboring illegal immigrants under deplorable conditions, corrupt and greedy CEOs and board members, even abusive people, who experience this strange event that from that moment on find themselves fundamentally changed into good and decent and caring people, looking to change the damage they've already wrought and put things to right however they can, even if it cost them their lives.

And then the prophesied end time arrives, taking those deserving off to a paradise, and leaving those less deserving - at least according to the rules of this world as set by Shirley - to suffer and deal with each other back on Earth. The Other End is far less preachy than one might expect, as the reader follows Jim Swift, a reporter for the Sacramento Bee, his family, and his tough and somewhat paranoid friend, Ed Galivant, who look to find out the truth behind these strange happenings. While this print edition does contain a few typos, Shirley's writing style keeps readers hooked, wondering what's to happen next.

Originally written on June 27, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.

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Gralinda Gralinda
I picked up the first "Left Behind" book in an airport bookstore. As a graduate student of religion and theology, I figured I might as well read some popular Christian fiction, and as a fan of science fiction, I thought this particular understanding of the Rapture was a nice sci fi premise--lots of people vanishing while others stay behind. But I was not impressed with "Left Behind," and I thought a good science fiction writer with religious proclivities, someone like Orson Scott Card, could write a much better book with the same basic premise. "The Other End" is more or less the book I had in mind. Apparently, John Shirley mainly writes horror and fantasy, but he did a nice job imagining a left-wing secular humanist version of the Apocalypse. I enjoyed it. But I still want Orson Scott Card to write an Apocalypse.
Amazingly captive and intriguing story, art imitates life.