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The Other End [Hardcover]

John Shirley

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30 May 2007
Do you ever feel you'd like to reboot the world? 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 "Judgment Day with justice" that would allow the human race to start over--without, ah, certain people? You know you don't want--and can't believe in--the usual Judgment Days 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... And you know that 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? Not a Judgment Day based on childish interpretations of religion, on bias and cultural narrowness... What if you could design a Judgment Day, for the whole world--one that offers real Justice? What would it be like? In John Shirley's novel, THE OTHER END, a wave of light shatters the world's assumptions; human behavior takes a sudden unexpected turn. Swift, a newspaper reporter, has to find his missing daughter in a panicking world even as something from Every Where makes millions of people suddenly look inward. And looking inward, strangely, takes them outward again... And then come the Adjustors. Who are they? Where exactly are they from? They say they're not angels, or aliens...Then who are they? The usual End Timers offer one End of the World as We Know It... John Shirley's courageous, genuinely risky new novel offers the other end. The other end of the ideological spectrum; the other end of the world. Does it involve...aliens? No. Does it involve God? Not really--but then, it depends on your definition. John Shirley, the award-winning author of DEMONS, IN DARKNESS WAITING, CELLARS, A SPLENDID CHAOS, ECLIPSE, BLACK BUTTERFLIES, and so much more gives us a totally unexpected Judgment Day. Something is coming, to near-future Earth--to the whole world. Something is coming that will finally give the human race the chance it never had bring it to THE OTHER END.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications; Ltd Sgd edition (30 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587671506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587671500
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,193,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine hopeful read 9 July 2007
By J. Hildreth - Published on
After a long wait for the book (I won't ever preorder again) I did get it. 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. Call it positive horror, for some this would be the end of the world, for others with a more utopian egalitarian bent, it is the beginning of something potentially good.
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Wow 28 Feb 2014
By Patrick RichardsFink - Published on
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Tale For a Certain Group of People 20 Dec 2011
By Alex C. Telander - Published on
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Hope, Some Justice and the Chance for a Better World 10 Jun 2011
By kaminokai - Published on
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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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A secular humanist's "Left Behind" 23 Aug 2011
By Kim Boykin - Published on
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.
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