Wow, another year of fiction... Is this a trend? Not likely. This year, I'm going to revisit a few of my favorite works futuristique, and one that will be a first read... Can you guess which one?
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
1984 by George Orwell
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick
I've already begun selecting my reading for year 2012, (only four years away). I've chosen apocalyptic literature for that conclusive year... being the end of the calendar and all. I'll start with Isaiah, and certainly include Revelation, and other apocalyptus that may come my way by then...
Hillary will be running for re-election... how time flies.
"Welcome to 1984..." Dead Kennedys
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Monday, May 28, 2007
I love to read, and have devoured hundreds of works over the years. I've found that truth is much stranger than fiction, and usually more interesting too, therefore, non-fiction and works of historical significance are my preference. I do read fiction too... lots of it. This year in fact, I'm focusing on the works of Melville, and so far every other book I've read has been fiction. I'm currently reading an interesting historical novel called 1919 - Misfortune's End by Paula Phelan. Last year I read twelve books, some of which were really good... others were unfortunately wastes of pulp, and my time. One of them was the worst book I have ever read, and strangely, it is also one of my favorites. I knew it would be a difficult read, but I had no idea what a profound impact it would have on me. I would read one chapter every day and at the the end of each chapter I was thrilled to put the book down. I spent the next day pondering what I had read, all the while dreading the time I would have to open those painful pages again. Voices From Chernobyl - The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich should be required reading for everyone on our planet. It was the worst book because of its depressing graphic representations of the grim situation in that region. Being somewhat of a history buff on all things nuclear and nucular, I thought I knew what to expect, but I wasn't prepared for the horror that awaited me on those pages, and I still fight back tears on quiet mornings when I think about it. WARNING! Don't read this book! A must read!