I read George Stewart’s *Earth Abides * and loved it. Simple, interesting, focused on the fascinating details of survival.
I read Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and was riveted until I got to the end–and then felt majorly cheated, because I’d just spent an entire book reading what felt like one short story’s worth of content, and I really wanted to know what happened after the end.
I read David Brin’s The Postman and hated it. Cheesy, unrealistic, generic–the worst sides of sci-fi, IMHO.
Now I’m reading Robinson Crusoe, and it’s pretty cool.
I think I’ve isolated the elements that I like about this genre: the nitty-gritty details of how people go on with their lives: where they get food, water, shelter, companionship, the dangers they face, and so on. (I also recently read the Little House on the Prairie series and loved it, largely for the same reasons, but I don’t know if I can really count it in this genre.)
Does anybody have some recommendations for some other good post-apocalyptic/survivalist fiction I should read?