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Slow Apocalypse John Varley

Slow Apocalypse John Varley

Update: I just bought a second one a year after the first, and they have improved it! Last year I gave it 4 stars; this year it's a perfect 5!

- The plate that bolts on the TV has been redesigned to permit 5 different placements on smaller TVs with 100mm spaced bolts so you can most likely avoid covering up your connections. (That fixes a problem I had last year.)
- Hanging the TV is dramatically easier! You mount the arm on the wall, the plate on the TV, then hang the TV on the arm with a very clever hook arrangement while you secure them together with 2 screws. You don't have to hold the TV up in the air while doing this anymore.
- The tilt arrangement has been redesigned. You could even leave the tension nut a little loose so you could just grab the screen and tilt it and it would hold its position.
- It now comes with a free HDMI cable and a level.
INSTALLATION HINT: the bracket that bolts to the wall looks like it's designed to be attached with four lag bolts--one each on the top and bottom of the bracket in the center of the stud, and one on each side of the center. Some reviewers figure that two bolts in the center are plenty. Maybe so--the instructions only point out the use of the center two. But I feel more secure having used the two side bolt holes, too. I drilled my pilot holes at an angle to hit the stud (aim right from the left side and aim left from the right side). Since you finish off the installation with plastic covers over the bolt heads, no one will see that they are not flat.

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  • Charles Tran says:

    This is the most realistic and unsettling "end of the world" story I have read (or watched a movie about).

    Others have complained that some of the long details got in the way of the story telling. I see their point, but I think the details have added to realism of the story and this is what so often makes it compelling.

  • Andy Espinoza says:

    John Varley is a master at creating a compulsive-read novel. This is possibly his most intense dramatic work. I'd call it a thriller, but the President of the United States never appears in the story. He creates his most fully developed cast of characters since the TITIAN series, and manages to convince you that all of his premise is reasonable and might actually happen. And that's scary. This book robbed me of free time and sleep - I could not put it down.

  • Felix Griffin says:

    I'm a long time Varley fan, and I must say that the man writes a good "end of everything" tale. While similar in some ways to his destruction of Florida in Red Lightning, the scope and tone are both more intimate and more serious. The people are wonderfully ordinary for a disaster scenario book and rarely is anything softened to make it more palatable. Reminds me a bit of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War in the outcome. I enjoyed every depressing minute, and my hope to never have to live through anything like this is reinforced yet again.

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  • Georgette Figueroa says:

    This book won't leave me alone.
    It's been a month since I finished it, and I still think about it a lot. I look at the world differently now, and I think I'm a better person for it.

    I have recommended the book to everyone I know, and will keep doing so.

    Thank you mister Varley, for an incredible experience.

  • Erma Vance says:

    John Varley has hit another one out of the park. Not exactly a science fiction story, but told in typically easy reading Varley style. I put it down only to go to work or sleep, other than that it occupied my time and would not let go.

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