From the Mayans to modern-day survivalists, a tongue-in-cheek look at the best and worst predictions of ArmageddonWhether it's a mighty battle between ancient gods, the Second Coming of a Biblical savior, or a pesky Millennial computer virus, we’ve always wondered how the world would end. And whether we’d be (un)lucky enough to see it. This book explores some of the theoriFrom the Mayans to modern-day survivalists, a tongue-in-cheek look at the best and worst predictions of ArmageddonWhether it's a mighty battle between ancient gods, the Second Coming of a Biblical savior, or a pesky Millennial computer virus, we’ve always wondered how the world would end. And whether we’d be (un)lucky enough to see it. This book explores some of the theories about the end of days, looking from religion to science and everything in between. Some are silly enough to laugh at, others might scare you to death. Either way, you’ll find the End is nigh; it's right between these pages....
|Title||:||The Little Book of the End of the World|
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The Little Book of the End of the World Reviews
Despite a title guaranteed to set hysterics on the dusty path of screaming and running around in circles this book was actually very entertaining.Ken Mooney has brought together snippets of just enough information to give a basic view of almost every well known religion (and a few lesser known ones) and their take on when the end of the world will come. He has also included a few cults (which served to strengthen my own philosophy of never trusting a man with a beard and a glint in his eye...) and specific events around the world which have given us all pause. There is a good selection of past civilisation's take on the matter and indeed the various interpretations of such. The book highlights the human race's fears, the need of some to have power over others and the way that most things in life can be given a dark connotation if looked upon from the right...or wrong...angle. And the power one or two individuals can have over gullible people looking for the answer to life itself, its beginnings and endings and searching for all that in the shadow whatever power they believe in. There is mention of the various predictions made by individuals for the date of the end of the world - most of those dates have now passed without incident but you may want to be off planet circa 2017 and do make sure you navigate safely around Planet X should you come across its flightpath or it may leave a nasty stain on your nascelle...Most human beings need faith. Whether that is the religious kind or simply an undying faith in one's own abilities or someone else's. When something goes wrong, such as a natural disaster or some kind of prediction reaches enough people's ears, it gathers pace and momentum with conspiracy theorists and the general public alike until it reaches such massive proportions that some even start stock piling provisions and giving their belongings away whilst they lay on the ground and say 'take me, I'm ready!'. Sometimes this can happen in small groups, with charismatic leaders convincing the gullible they have had an epiphany and this can lead to tragic consequences. Other times it can happen when past texts are interpreted in a certain way and those whose behaviour is seen to deviate away from the warnings and predictions are subsequently shunned, vilified and sometimes even killed. Such is the power of words, spoken or written, when heard by us humans when they seem to resonate with our need for faith, control, power and understanding of the world around us.Ken's book highlights many of the past and current ways the end of the world might have been nigh and could still be nigh as he mixes science with folklore and throws in a shovelful of what certain individuals or organisations stood for or what they still stand for today. Or even if some actually existed in the first place. It makes for a fascinating, educational and thought provoking mix.Ken does a really excellent job in keeping impartial with only the odd raised eyebrow. He gives examples in the present and uses scientifically recognised predictions for the future too. The book is a very easy read for those who want a well researched overview. There is a natty survival guide at the back for those of you who feel a cold sweat coming on and feel the need to be proactive but whether you will thank yourselves for those extra few months of years on the planet after the catastrophic event is another thing entirely ;-) I predict there will be an end to the world and it will either come in the form of something happening as a result of the shortsightedness of our own race or simply because the Sun has reached the end of its own lifecycle. Or we could be hit by a giant rock in which case, if you are in its direct path or holidaying nearby, all the stockpiled cans of beans in the world won't help you...
This is not normally the kind of book that I read. I generally only read non fiction on my favourite topics, but I was intrigued as to what was going to be in it, so I figured why not give it a go? I certainly think about the End of the World enough times, though the only time I was really uneasy was when they started up that particle colliding thing to replicate the Big Bang. I was a bit jumpy about that one...So lets get into the book. What did I like about it? Firstly, the ammount of research that went into it was pretty impressive. The author has looked at a range of topics, researched each one AND put it into language that non science dudettes like me can understand, which is always helpful. It certainly could encourage a reader to read more on some of the individual topics that are covered. The fact that there are so many topics covered means that there will be something of interest for each person who picks up the book, and there will also be those 'huh, I didn't know that' moments when you learn something new. I liked that.My favourite parts of the book were the bits where Greek and Norse mythology were mentioned, the dinosaurs, volcanoes, the Crusades, End of Days, natural disasters and the modern day end of the world predictions ie that pesky particle colliding thing which gave me a few sleepless nights! These subjects have always been interesting to me so it was fun to read about them again. There was the added advantage of learning about things in these subjects that I hadn't heard of before ie the Door to Hell. That sounds really fascinating and I plan to read more about it. There was also a very nice summary of the Book of Revelations and its interpretations which was a lot easier than trying to digest it myself in the Bible.As there is such a range of topics to read about, there are always going to be things you are less interested in reading about. I'm not really into extinct religions, the beliefs of current religious groups and cults, philosophers and scientists. However you don't have to be interested in every single section or topic as each is short, and covers just a few pages before moving onto something else, so you never really feel bogged down by lots of things you don't connect with. The first half of the book is certainly my favourite part, as it has a lot of amusing comments, funny cartoons and a lot of subjects that interest me. The second half of the book has less humour but is by no means uninteresting. Overall the book is interesting and educational and certainly worth a read.2.5 stars
The end of the world is something humans have philosophized about since long before we even invented philosophy. That being said, this book which aims at looking at how humans have viewed the Endtimes has more than enough content available. So much content, in fact, that the idea of whittling it down to a book that calls itself "little" might seem to be quite the huge undertaking.Luckily for us, Mooney is able to do so with great skill. Starting from as early in man's history as he is able to take us, Mooney takes us on a journey through the history of Apocalypse, teaching us about how each culture has put its own spin on a tale that quickly begins to become rather similar from group to group. In fact, Mooney does an amazing job of giving credit and respect to each of these cultures, while also showing that there might be cause for further review of each of them, due to these basic concepts that seem integral to each.As the story continues, we begin to see how more recent views of the End of the World are when things really seem to be a bit more awkward, prophetic visions of specific end dates that come and go without issue. Mass suicides that occur based on needing to die at the exact moment an alien spaceship flies overhead. These are modern concepts, which might seem tame to four horsemen riding across the sky...but even that image is considered to be metaphorical by most. I'm impressed by how Mooney takes all these differing ideas and never really seems to make fun of any of them, although keeping a tongue placed within his cheek as he comments on each. There's a lot to be learned within this tome, and Mooney's writing style makes the learning a fun experience as well. Definitely recommend to any who have interest in the subject.
Collects together all sorts of end of the world scenarios from history, religion and science. A light quick read, without much depth. Could do with an extensive bibliography and sources.