Archive for October 2013

1984

His reference to Hitler Youth, the Junior Spies, which trains children to keep an eye out for thought criminals- even if they are their parents; provides evidence for Orwell’s continuing presence in pop culture » Read more

The Time Machine

Basically, Wells is posing the question of What will man be like in the distant future? His answer is quite unlike any kind of scenario that modern readers, schooled on Star Wars, Star Trek, and the like, would come up with » Read more

The Children of Men

A common theme of all James’ novels is what happens when the civilized world, the comfortable world of the upper middle classes, is touched by evil, and the books depend upon the author’s ability to invoke that world and its inhabitants » Read more

The Chrysalids

In “The Chrysalids”, John Wyndham has mounted a vicious attack on religious fundamentalism, bigotry, intolerance and narrow-mindedness » Read more

Armageddon's Children

So, that’s what Armageddon’s Children is about. Is it any good? Yes. The more Brooks stays to the feeling of Word / Void the better the book is » Read more

The Running Man

Whereas most King novels are bogged down by excessive description and detail (something King is normally criticized for by the literary critics), The Running Man is a trim, fat-free exercise in the concept of “less is more.” » Read more

The Iron Heel

Of course, the collapse comes quickly when an economic downturn leads to widespread strikes. The plutocracy, which London refers to as the oligarchs, seize power using totalitarian tactics » Read more

Neuromancer

William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” may not have been the first “cyberpunk” novel, but it defined the genre and gave birth to the term » Read more

The Handmaid's Tale

Many of the events in The Handmaid’s Tale are derived from the biblical story of Leah and Rachel and Atwood has chosen to use many biblical names throughout the book » Read more

Lord of the Flies

Another interesting connection I made while reading, was one between Jack’s status of leader and the ideology of Thomas Hobbes. Unlike Hobbes though, Jack’s power was used for quite the opposite affect » Read more

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