REVIEW: Seattle Geekly on THE END HAS COME – “The idea behind [it] was a brilliant one.”

“I used to be averse to short story collections but The End is Nigh edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey changed that last year with the beginning of The Apocalypse Triptych.  […] The idea behind The Apocalypse Triptych was a brilliant one. The editors did such a great job or curating the short stories.” —Seattle Geekly, on The End Has Come (and The Apocalypse Triptych as a whole) [review]

REVIEW: NPR on The Apocalypse Triptych – “The most ambitious, audacious undertaking of its kind.”

In a long piece about apocalyptic fiction for NPR, writer Jason Heller calls The Apocalypse Triptych “the most ambitious, audacious undertaking of its kind” and describes the stories as “stories of loss, love, betrayal, and survival pitted against a backdrop of earth-shattering cataclysm” and as “superbly written.” [review]

REVIEW: “I’m already counting the days to Vol. 2 with Song-Of-Ice-And-Fire-esque desperation.”

The Taichung Bookworm has a thoughtful review of THE END IS NIGH: “The rest of the tales live up to the same high standards of entertainment and originality as those already mentioned […] So please do follow up my recommendation to grab and savour a copy of this book, but be wary of your patience levels. I’m already counting the days to Vol. 2 with Song-Of-Ice-And-Fire-esque desperation.” [review]

REVIEW: “Even if you aren’t typically a fan of short stories, really do pick this up.”

Seattle Geekly raves about THE END IS NIGH: “Even if you aren’t typically a fan of short stories, really do pick this up. If you love apocalypse stories, pick this up. Actually no matter what you like, pick this up…seriously.” [review]

REVIEW: “Destined to be a favorite among end-of-the-world enthusiasts.”

FEARNET reviews THE END IS NIGH: “These days it seems like we’re all expecting the world to end in a zombie apocalypse. The living dead genre is thriving like never before, and it feels like zombies have completely shoved old-fashioned world-enders like comets, nukes and deities out of the running. While I enjoy a good zombie story as much as the next guy, I feel like there’s still room for tales about death raining down on us from above, or a psychopath with some stolen missile codes and a hankering for a full-planet cleanse. John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey must have felt the same way, because their new collection The End is Nigh delivers the “endtimes” in a wide variety of ways. It’s the opening volume of “The Apocalypse Triptych,” a series of three anthologies focusing on the three stages of the apocalypse: before (The End is Nigh), during (The End is Now) and after (The End Has Come). It’s a great way to bring fresh new perspectives to a type of story that’s been told for as long as storytelling has been around and, if this first volume is any indication, the “Triptych” is destined to be a favorite among end-of-the-world enthusiasts.” [review]

REVIEW: Boing Boing on “System Reset”—“[a] tense, taut hacker tale”

Boing Boing calls Tobias S. Buckell’s story, “System Reset,” a “tense, taut hacker tale.” [review]

REVIEW: “I’ve never read an entire anthology through from cover to cover. Until now.”

“I don’t, as a rule, like anthologies. Often there are a handful of great stories sown amongst a sea of unreadable ones. I’ve never read an entire anthology through from cover to cover. Until now. John Joseph Adams has done something grand, putting these stories together. The quality of contributors is amazing and the works themselves complement each other nicely. […] Every single one is well-written and thought provoking, which is exactly the way apocalyptic fiction should be.  Nearly all of them break your heart at some point, in ways that you just don’t see coming.” —After the Last Day [review]

REVIEW: A Rave From Wired.com

There’s a rave review of THE END IS NIGH over on Wired.com:

The End Is Nigh is very good. Of course it is. Adams and Howey are a two-man tour-de-force of post-apocalyptic lit. … Ultimately, the best thing about The End Is Nigh is how elegantly it balances on the thin line between beauty and devastation. There’s no story in the book that didn’t break my heart at least a little, and there’s none of the twenty-two that hasn’t stuck with me, hard. When the end is coming and the wolves are at the door, you hold tight to whatever’s at hand. [review]

At the link, you can also read the full text of Desirina Boskovich’s story, “Heaven is a Place on Planet X.”

REVIEW: “Some of these stories will make it onto the award ballots and into the year’s best anthologies, and deservedly so.”

Black Gate reviews THE END IS NIGH: “Some of these stories will make it onto the award ballots and into the year’s best anthologies, and deservedly so. The anthology as a whole will probably be up for best anthology on some ballots, too.” [review]