September 15th, 2013


Reading (of the non-fic variety)

So I've been reading actual books lately. Like, printed on paper and everything. I KNOW. How very archaic of me. Anyhow, I thought I'd give a brief rundown and opinion on a few because a) I never seem to post anything anymore and b) I'm never short on opinions. SO... here we go...

(Spoilers are pretty minor throughout)

1) World War Z by Max Brooks
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2) The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth
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3) The Twelve by Justin Cronin
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I'm reading another book now, where late the sweet birds sang by Kate Wilhelm, but the stupid publisher missed a rather important page right in the middle of the book, so I'm going to try and go exchange it tomorrow. Still, I'll say this about it. It's a 1970s Hugo award winner about a small town who survives the apocalypse (What? I have a certain kind of story I really, really like...) only to find they've all been turned barren. They turn to cloning to prolong the life of the human species. The story appears to predominately be about these clones who share a mental bond and shun "breeders" (those amongst the clones who aren't barren), their elders and anyone with a sense of individuality. Thus far, I'm not loving the book, but I suspect that's largely because of intentionally bland characterization meant to show the interchangeable nature of the identical clones. I'm hoping the last half of the book will be more engaging.

Anyone read any of these?? Opinions jive or am I kooky?