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The World Ends in Hickory Hollow

The World Ends in Hickory Hollow When the bombs fell and Western civilization ended the residents of Hickory Hollow Texas scarcely noticed the difference They were already used to fending for themselves growing their own food hel

  • Title: The World Ends in Hickory Hollow
  • Author: Ardath Mayhar
  • ISBN: 9781434400246
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • When the bombs fell and Western civilization ended, the residents of Hickory Hollow, Texas, scarcely noticed the difference They were already used to fending for themselves growing their own food, helping their neighbors survive, keeping their rural life going, much as before But when the Ungers a band of renegade thieves, murderers, and ne er do wells began raiding tWhen the bombs fell and Western civilization ended, the residents of Hickory Hollow, Texas, scarcely noticed the difference They were already used to fending for themselves growing their own food, helping their neighbors survive, keeping their rural life going, much as before But when the Ungers a band of renegade thieves, murderers, and ne er do wells began raiding the nearby plots, looting and killing everyone in sight, it was time to take action I was reminded constantly of George R Stewart s classic post holocaust novel, Earth Abides The gentle rhythms of country existence, the sense that the world will continue with or without us , the joy of living close to the earth, the nature of community itself, all combine for a poignant tale celebrating the best of what it means to be human In Mayhar s perceptive eyes, the World Begins in Hickory Hollow Robert Reginald.

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    1. There have been books in the past where I had to put them down because the tension was constant and I couldn't catch a breath. This book has the opposite problem: even in the most tense moments of conflict, I felt already assured that the good folks were going to pull through just fine on account of their know-how and tendin' to each other. I wanted to like it a lot more than I did -- I have a pretty awful craving for post-apocalyptic rebuilding narratives -- but I kept getting hung up on the th [...]

    2. I can't believe that I have now found a utopian post-apocalyptic novel. Yep, the world may have ended, but the folks of Hickory Hollow are doing just fine. You see, they're good farming people who are used to doin' for themselves without help from the outside world. They know how to get along with their neighbors and take care of each other. Sure, the do run into some trouble from the inbred Unger women down by the river, but the take care of that problem. These people are adjust almost too well [...]

    3. I couldn't resist this book because it is set in East Texas, even though Hickory Hollow is a little over a hundred miles north of where I grew up. There are still familiar references like chinaberry trees, chinquapins, and mayhaws (which the author calls "haws"). My mother used to make mayhaw jelly and let me tell you, eating that jelly spread on a warm biscuit fresh out of the oven is close to a religious experience.The story itself is interesting enough, although there is a lot of author intru [...]

    4. Nice idea for a story--rural folks in East Texas pulling together all their resources to survive after a nuclear holocaust they weren't even aware had happened because they were already off the grid. However, the pedestrian prose and limited character development lessen the satisfaction of the read. It was written in the 80's, when the nuclear scenario was plausible, and only published in 2007. Still is is a plausible portrayal of the sequence of efforts of good people to band together, keep far [...]

    5. This novella was surprisingly great! I'm not usually one interested in Texas literature set in rural communities but this one drew me because it is post-apocolyptic. But, the end of the world idea just isn't that significant in this novella. Instead, the apocolypse could serve as a metaphor for any life-changing event that effects a community. In this case, the community is rural and very self-reliant. So, when the end of the world comes, this first family doesn't even know it has come - until s [...]

    6. Mayhar tells a pretty simple story, one that's been told since the first campfire, I'm sure. Here is what happens when the world as we know it ends. I like a lot of her characterization; the protagonists are "good people" and even when they make difficult or terrible choices they remain sympathetic. There are many stories (movies, novels, TV shows, comics, internet stories, etc) within this post-apocalyptic genre, and few of them have the positive viewpoint that Mayhar offers. I rather like the [...]

    7. I read this book after reading “Earth Abides” and thank goodness, because this book removed the lingering nasty taste that “Earth Abides” left me with! This is a similar post-apocalyptic story, but there the similarity ends. Instead of passively living off the remains of 20th century technological civilization, the characters in “Hickory Hollow” create a sustainable agrarian life with as much of that technology that they can keep working. And when they don’t know how to do somethin [...]

    8. A short, easy read but so compelling, I couldn't put it down. The world as we know it, ends, leaving small groups of survivors, this one in Texas. They band together, help eachother with survival and surviving. When another band of people, called the Ungers, begin to attack home by home, they have to do everything they can to preserve the life they have made, making decisions they never had to face in the old world.Kind of like "Lost", except instead of some beautiful, mysterious island, they're [...]

    9. I love "end of the world" type books and this is really a good one. It takes things down to a very basic level, sharing the story a small town and one family's response to doomsday.

    10. It was my understanding that this was a little-known post-apocalyptic survival story. It is actually the very coziest of catastrophes. wherein the protagonists went off the grid of their own free will years ago (when I say off the grid, we are talking 1985 levels of off-the-grid--no TV, no phones, nearest town over a thousand is fifty miles away), and only find out the nuclear apocalypse has descended when they make their monthly (!) trek to town to visit Hubby's sainted mom. Sure, the power wen [...]

    11. This is not a bad book, just probably written for a younger reader than myself. "The World Made By Hand" definitely set the standard for post-apoplyptic books for me, and this just didn't come any where close to that for me. The premise, as always is interesting, but everything just came to conveniently for my tastes. The main characters happend to have neighbors who were all brilliant and knew how to do the things they didn't. They had figured out how to convert machines to run on alcohol from [...]

    12. I really enjoyed this book. Read it in one day. On the front and rear covers it is compared to "Earth Abides." I disagree on one major point--in "Hickory Hollow" the characters make an effort not to depend on anything they can not make or repair themselves. In "Earth Abides," they are still eating out of cans and the main character has to trick the kids into learning how to use a bow and arrow. In short, the characters in "Earth Abides" are pretty lazy and content with going back to the stone ag [...]

    13. This was an easy read. Since you never do find out many details about the civilization ending event, the author never has to work to hard to explain it. It was a little too idyllic with the majority of the characters all being educated and knowledgeable in sustainable off the grid living. Every one knew useful skills that contributed to the group, kids were all willingly helpful and no one ever fought. Well, except the bad breeding barely human Ungers. Again a case of too easy black and white ch [...]

    14. Great little book about a family in Texas who live on an isolated farm. They go to town one day, & discover no one around. A nuclear war has happened, & bombs have been dropped on all the major cities. They return home to their relatively untouched lifestyle and slowly, but surely, begin collecting a ragtag commune of other survivors. Their story is poignant, and their ideals, manners, lifestyle, etc. remind me so much of my mom & dad. Loved this little book!

    15. Yes, I really liked it. Even though it was short! Sometimes a short read is disappointing. I read this book in a day. It quickly got to the heart of the matter, and kept going from there. It was refreshing to read from the perspective of a woman. I was surprised by a few things in the book, seemingly uncharacteristic of the characters that said or did the things, but those happenings did not detract much from the overall book.

    16. A slow burn, this is. Not what I was expecting based on the book jacket's description. As advertised, I thought this book would more action-filled; it wasn't. But this does not detract from the story. Instead, this contemplative end-of-the-world novel challenges the reader to think about moral issues. Just because the world "ends" does not mean that humanity must end, does it?

    17. I'll pass this one on to Lucy. It was fairly light and predictable. But if it was the first post-apocalyptic story I'd read, I would have eaten it up like Little House on the Prairie. It really reminds me of World Made By Hand in that you get the feeling the author is writing him/her self into the role of moralistic hero despite the world ending. Fast read, good for a middle schooler.

    18. This was a simple easy book that was written in the 80's. I enjoyed the book and found it remotely believable. In this end of the world as we know it the author tells how the next generation may come about. She also expresses how important the elders who survive will be to this transition.

    19. A very "uplifting" book for a post nuclear apocalypse book. Very thought provoking for me and my wife. I read it aloud to her and we could not stop until we had finished it.

    20. didn't like the writing, too bad because the story had potential. Front cover says the book is written in the style of another book so I put that one on hold t see if it is any better.

    21. A nice tale about survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Nothing fancy here, just some good ole story telling.

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