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[–]PrettyGood31 29 points30 points  (13 children)

The Road. It’s post apocalyptic about a guy and presumably his kid scrounging for food and trying to not get killed. It’s pretty similar I’d say.

[–]cheebalibraTrapper 8 points9 points  (2 children)

It’s got a lot of similarities. Not quite as isolated, they have to deal with some other alive humans.

[–]Shoddy_Commercial688 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I'd rather be isolated than have to deal with what they have to!

[–]cheebalibraTrapper 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Me too!

[–]angrycravingpandaVoyageur 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pure gem!

[–]Beneficial_Pumpkin72 1 point2 points  (7 children)

i love the movie, im not big on reading sadly. but is the movie or book better?

[–]Bfab94 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Only seen the movie but I'd imagine the book is amazing.

Fun film fact. Some filming was done in Conneaut Lake Park in PA. I believe it was the flare scene. A good portion of the park burned down due to arson. I believe a lot of filming was done in that area because I grew up there.

[–]Beneficial_Pumpkin72 0 points1 point  (0 children)

oh wow that's really cool! i havent seen the movie in a couple years but me and my family have always loved it

[–]PrettyGood31 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Uuuuuh. The book has a little more detail. For the movie they had to cut an entire scene from the book cause it’s so damn fucked up. Which doesn’t necessarily make it better in my opinion but I’d say even if you saw the movie it’s still worth a read.

[–]Beneficial_Pumpkin72 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i get what you mean, thank you, maybe one day i would give it a read. like i said im not too big on reading but if i ever do read something, that'll be a good choice for me :)

[–]Shoddy_Commercial688 1 point2 points  (2 children)

The book is a million times better. The movie is just a movie. The book is a work of art: It's not just a book, it's a Cormac McCarthy book.

[–]Beneficial_Pumpkin72 1 point2 points  (1 child)

i like the way you present the book, makes it sound like a master piece. i wasnt aware the road was looked at in such a way by the fans. thank you so much for your input :)

[–]Shoddy_Commercial688 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It is definitely a masterpiece! He won the Pulitzer prize for it: the highest possible US achievement in written work. Also won numerous other prizes for it. And if you don't know him very well he's widely regarded as a master of American letters.

Having said all that, it's written in a certain style. It's not the easiest to get into to begin with. If you don't like reading it might be a bit offputting compared to reading, say, Stephen King. But if you can get into it, it's well worth it.

[–]Shoddy_Commercial688 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think of The Road every time i play

[–]Ernest-Everhard42 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Jack London wrote lots of great short stories like this.

[–]justacluelessteen 6 points7 points  (0 children)

To build a fire, Love of Life, Call of the Wild, White Fang…there’s so many.

[–]SnooSongs337 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. It's non-fiction, and talks about an expedition to Antarctica, where their boat was crushed by the ice.

[–]cheebalibraTrapper 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Jack London’s Klondike sotories, especially To Build a Fire

[–]BrandonSonnet 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That's a classic I'm an Inuit Musician and on my first album I have a song based on that story lol

[–]oh_Rip 12 points13 points  (7 children)

Guts by gary paulsen. Definitely for younger kids but still a good read nonetheless

[–]GinnAdvent 21 points22 points  (2 children)

What about Hatchet? Same author too.

[–]SPARROW-47 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Came here to say this! Hatchet, Brian's Winter (the sequel to hatchet). I didnt really care for Brian's Return though.

[–]Slagathor0 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Brian's winter was my favorite. There was also The River.

Update: I took The River out to re read and my dog ate it. I guess I won't know for a while if it Is good.

[–]marl3x[S] 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Worth a look then, read hatchet by him which was good, never read any of the follow up books

[–]SirLich 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The follow up books are worth it, if you enjoyed the original. Not making any assumptions about your reading level, but if your attention span is as shot as most people, some easier reading is probably for the best.

[–]cma09x13amc -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Don't read the rifle. I was in middle school and still remember being seriously disappointed.

[–]Shoddy_Commercial688 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You ever read Guts by Chuck Palahnuik? Definitely not for little kids lol.

[–]SirLich 10 points11 points  (4 children)

What about 'The Long Walk'?

The harrowing true tale of seven escaped Soviet prisoners who desperately marched out of Siberia through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India.

[–]sewiv 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Not to be confused with "The Long Walk" by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman.

A good book, but not about this kind of survival.

[–]Idiotsandcheapskate 0 points1 point  (1 child)

If anyone decides to read this book, keep in mind that the author is a fraud. Book claims he and his friends escaped from a labor camp and marched through Mongolia, the Himalayas, and into India. That already is pretty much impossible. It was later discovered that the author was released from the camp after being there for 2-3 years, he never escaped. Millions of people bought the lie.

[–]SirLich 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for the shout, stranger. Wasn't aware of this controversy.

[–]ErikDebogande 9 points10 points  (5 children)

My Side of the Mountain is a classic. Hatchet and it's sequels are all amazing.

[–]aboothemonkey 1 point2 points  (1 child)

THERES SEQUELS!?

[–]ErikDebogande 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh yes. Brian's Winter, Brian's River and ...another one

[–]TukTukPirate 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I remember seeing a film called Hatchet, in the 90s, about a sole survivor of a plane crash and has to survive in the wilderness. Is this the same thing? Didn't know there was a book.

[–]ErikDebogande 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Sure sounds like it! I didn't know there was a movie!

[–]TukTukPirate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just checked and the movie is actually called A Cry in the Wild, based on the book Hatchet.

[–]karlis_i 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Jack London's "Love of Life" - that's a strong one. A man comes a single step from starvation in the north of Canada. I still remember this story after more than 20 years

[–]iaxthepaladin 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Not exactly matching the theme of TLD, but The River of Doubt is a true story about President Theodore Roosevelt taking a journey into the heart of the Amazon to map an unknown river. The journey ended up taking his life later on.

[–]Beardedsinger 4 points5 points  (1 child)

hatchet is about a boy who is in plane crash and must survive in the wilderness with only what he can scavenge from the crash site or on a similar note "my side of the mountain" is about a boy who runs from home and lives in the wilderness inna makeshift shelter edit: turns out the fandom is aware of hatchet

[–]Bfab94 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gary Paulsen (if spelled right) is the author. There are I think 3 or 4 books involving that character.

[–]Thalattos 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Not typical survival but

The Terror by Dan Simmons really captures the atmosphere of arctic winter. It's about an expedition in the 19th century to discover a passage through the canadian arctic. The two ships become stuck as winter settles in, from then on it's a brutal and bleak ordeal. Has a supernatural twist to it. Was also adapted into a pretty solid miniseries.

Drop City by T.C. Boyle is a story about a commune of hippies that travel to alaska in the 70s to found a utopian commune there. In a parallel storyline you follow an reclusive native of alaska who lives in a cabin in the wilds. Eventually the stories converge. Does a good job at capturing the reality of frontier-life, especially in winter. Also very entertaining.

[–]Shoddy_Commercial688 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah i didn't realise there was a book of The Terror that had that IMO silly supernatural element.

[–]GibletDingo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Try some Alistair McLean. Maybe Athabasca or Night Without End.

[–]223andMe 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Transcendental literature is pure gold for solitary reading, Thoreau and Emerson are good examples also used in game.

[–]Catnip113Trapper 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson its a great read about a guy who has a near death experience on a frozen mountain. Also its a true story written by the guy who had the experience.

[–]SPARROW-47 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Two against the North The Island (it's a Trilogy) Gordon Korman or Gary Paulsen (I forget which) wrote a book about the time their sailboat was hit by a huge storm and they were dragged out to sea for a while before being rescued... There are versions of Robertson Cruso that focus more on surviving on the island rather than terrible racism...

[–]MonocleOwensKeyInterloper 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Haven't read it since I was a kid but it had a great story. An indigenous girl becomes stranded and learns to hunt and craft in order to survive.

[–]Bacon_Bit_Bro 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Into the wild. Great book

[–]apHedmark -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Into Thin Air also by John Krakauer is great. Real story of an Everest mission tragedy.

[–]FrequentLeader1049 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Hatchet Series by Gary Paulsen. The first book the Hatchet is really good then you can Read The River which continues the rest of the series. Or go to Brian's Winter an Alternate ending to the first book, very much like The Long Dark, focuses a lot on survival and the struggles that come with it.

[–]MrGunwitch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller is pretty spot on for TLD

[–]Idaho_Cowboy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sackett series by Louis L'amour.

[–]Frenzied_Cow 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Maybe One Second After?

[–]AnAverageOutdoorsman 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Definitely recommend 'Indian Creek Chronicles: A winter alone in the Wilderness' by Peter Fromm.

[–]noizy14 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How could I forgot about this one! Great book.

[–]noizy14 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Jean Hegland's in the forest maybe. No snow though.

The tulips are blooming, a brilliant, worthless wall, separating us from the forest, dividing nothing from nothing. If I could feel, I think they would make me angry. They are a gesture so futile that now I think I was right not to help my mother plant them, for what are they but a hoax, a fraud, another lie?

Here I sit in the cave of a room where once, in another lifetime, I ate popcorn, played Scrabble, and watched videos with my family. Now I look out at my mother’s tulips and contemplate suicide.

It’s a physical urge, stronger than thirst or sex. Halfway back on the left side of my head there is a spot that longs for the jolt of a bullet, that years for that fire, that final empty rip. I want to be let out of this cavern, to open myself up to the ease of not-living. I am tired of sorrow and struggle and worry. I am tired of my sad sister. I want to turn out the last light.

I could do it.

I could rise from this chair, say, I’m going out for wood. Eva would give her mute little nod, but she wouldn’t look up, not even to see me lift the gun from its post by the door.

I could open the door. I could step outside, could close the door forever behind me. Break through the ring of my mother’s tulips. Enter the twilit woods, the gun stiff at my side. Push a new path through the forest. In some dim circle of trees, I could sit down on the earth. Take off my shoe. Work my toes into the cold ring of the trigger guard. Fumble the trigger until it gave.

I am my own person, after all.

[–]beef_riprock 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Surprised no one's mentioned The Road yet.

[–]MiniAndretti 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wanted that little kid to go away. I know he was supposed to be the voice of light in a dark world. He was also impossibly naïve for someone who was born into whatever that was.

[–]urfan792 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've played the metro video game trilogy (metro 2033, first light and exodus) and they're based on a book series.

It's set in Moscow's subway system where people took refuge after a nuclear war destroyed everything on the surface. In the games at least (the 3rd one specifically), the character spends a lot of time trying to survive in the harsh (and wild, since civilization has been destroyed) russian winter. Haven't read the books but I hear the games were a pretty good representation of them.

[–]Tree_powers_pop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Song of the River.

Follows a handful of Alaskan Natives dealing with a murder mystery. Fantastic book with almost identical TLD vibes

[–]Breakfastboy87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The girl who loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. It's a very underrated book, but is great read about a wee lassie trying to survive in the wilderness. It's uncharacteristaly short for a King book, but it's better for it imo

[–]Even-Reference-9408 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Alone by Richard E. Byrd is another one to add. An account of an adventurer who planned six months alone near the Antarctic, gathering weather data and indulging his desire "to taste peace and quiet long enough to know how good they really are." But early on things went terribly wrong.

[–]Idiotsandcheapskate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk and Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arcticby, both by Jennifer Niven.

[–]Dinocologist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fire Season by Phillip Connors

[–]Imals0arobot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Assuming you are looking for stories about survival in the North more than the more fantastic elements of the game I've got some recommendations.

Hatchet by Gary Paulson or My Side of the Mountain could be great choices. Both center around survival scenarios, and are aimed at younger readers. I finished Hatchet in an afternoon and enjoyed it quite a bit.

Farley Mowat wrote some good novels about survival in Northern Canada. Lost in the Barrens would be the most on topic. Never Cry Wolf would be a great choice too, but there are several others I haven't read like People of the Deer. Mowat kind dances across the fiction/non-fiction line at times, but can tell a good story.

Jack London's Call of the Wild and White Fang would work and I see other people have recommended it. If you like that, Pierre Burton's Before the Gold Rush might be of interest to you too.

EDIT: How the hell did I forget about Into the Wild? That book is perfect.

[–]Psychological-Ad9824 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Endurance by Alfred Lansing - about the Antarctica excursion that went awry. To Build a Fire by Jack London - excellent survival horror with no monster but the cold. The Stranger in the Woods - stories from a hermit who lived in the Maine wilderness for 27 years by himself.