ALAS, BABYLON by Pat Frank. When the world as we know it comes to an end after a nuclear attack, a small group of people in a small town in Florida begin again. The people return to a pioneer state, learning especially the value of cooperation. This is an old book, but it always seems to be new.
Alison Beechner Picks:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Poor Cinder(ella) fleeing from the ball and her foot falls off. Not her glass slipper...her whole foot. Because she is a cyborg. The Evil Queen rules an alien race on the moon and is plotting world domination. The world's nations come together but no one can stop her, except Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White (plus a prince, a werewolf, a con-
Will Carlan Picks:
The Devil and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Classic Russian novel about the devil coming to Moscow. Two scholars are talking about how no one believes in the devil anymore, so he shows up to make sure people remember him. It is part comedy and part social criticism. Completely fantastic!
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