…Books I Will Probably Never Read


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Tomorrow’s Top Ten Tuesday challenge calls for “Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read.” What makes your list? Check out mine here at the same Bat Cave mañana!

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A Call For Steampunk


Original illustration of Jules Verne’s Nautilus engine room | Wikipedia

Earlier this year, I signed up for Herding Cats & Burning Soup’s New To You 2015 Challenge. Down the road, I realized Steampunk has been on my bucket list ever came across the term. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Steampunk is a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology. Thus, I request recommendations for good Steampunk that I can finish before 1 January 2016. Please add titles in the comments. I can’t wait!

TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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 As the American Library Association celebrates Banned Books Week, I recalled Ray Bradbury’s  Fahrenheit 451 , a dystopian novel inscribed for the temperature at which paper burns. Books are  illegal and “firemen” such as Guy Montag incinerate any books found.

 Like Knowles’ A Separate Peace, I don’t list Fahrenheit 451 among my favorites. Still and all, I  appreciate  Bradbury’s message. This is what could result if we continue to ban books in our libraries.

 To learn more about Banned Books Week, check out Banned Books Week | Celebrating the Freedom to  Read: Sept. 21-27, 2014 .

 

 

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Contemporary vs Classic


Rebels: City of Indra is a dystopian novel “written” by Kendall and Kylie Jenner; 1984 is a dystopian novel written by George Orwell. Faced with copy from both, can you tell who penned which? | Jezebel

Jezebel asks us to guess if it’s the Jenner Sisters or George Orwell… Click on the link and see if you know who wrote what!

Jenner Sisters or George Orwell? Guess the Dystopian Fiction Author

Kass Morgan’s The 100


The 100 (The 100 Series)

The 100 (The 100 Series) by Kass Morgan | Jorie’s Store @ Amazon

 

Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
ISBN: 978-0316234474
Length: 336 pages
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Harris County Public Library

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Reasons for Reading: I heard about the upcoming series on The CW. While I normally read the books before I see the movie, I often do the reverse when it comes to TV shows. However, I held out on the show with Kass Morgan’s The 100. Also, I broke my own rule about reading a series before the author finished the series. Thus, I checked out this first book from HCPL.

Summary: (A little background) In a bleak future, humans dwell in ships which orbit a practically abandoned planet Earth. Earth may still have too much radiation for humans to live on it. Due to limited space and dwindling resources, draconian laws rule the day. It’s unclear whether people are permitted to procreate or if they’re limited to just one child. Also, even among the ships, there are “better neighborhoods.” Apparently slight infractions incur the death penalty (known as “being floated”) for adults. Minors await their eighteenth birthdays, trial, and much the same penalty.

 (Story Time) However, push has come to shove. Clarke, the first of four points of view (POV) offered in The 100, finds herself being dragged from solitary confinement to board a ship headed for Earth. The grown ups have decided to send a hundred juvenile delinquents to Earth to test the waters. If these kiddos can make it, then the humans may try to “go home.” The daughter of floated scientists, Clarke has minimal training in medicine. Other POVs come from ex-boyfriend Wells, the son of the chancellor, and Bellamy, a risk-taker who will do anything to protect his ill-gotten little sister, Octavia. These two manipulated their way onto the Earthbound ship but the last POV, a girl named Glass, snuck off the ship. All four POVs face the same question: survival.

One Thing I Learned from this book: I learned what sort of society I wouldn’t want to live in if Earth fell to radioactive ruin. 🙂

What I Liked: Unlike many other reviewers, I appreciated all four POVs. When I tired of one’s angle, a new chapter and POV began. I liked the scenes where characters rediscovered Earth.

What I Disliked: I usually appreciate flashbacks but I found them tedious after a while. Another thing that irked was the cliffhanger ending. I completely expected it but was still disappointed by the cliché of it. Also, lines such as “The first kiss on Earth in centuries” were gagging. Lastly, I wanted more description of the setting.

RR - Yellow  Rainbow Rating: Yellow – Parental Guidance for Kids Under 13

Song: From Myself – Paul Hovermale

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Christopher Moore’s Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art


Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art by Christopher Moore | LibraryThing

Moore, C. (2012). Sacre bleu: A comedy d’art. New York: William Morrow. 9780061779749

Reasons for Reading : I posted Christopher Moore’s Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art on my TBR list. Check out my reasons for reading there.

Summary: News of the suicide of volatile artist Vincent van Gogh rocks Parisian baker and artist Lucien Lessard and his good friend  Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Compounding issues is the sudden reappearance of Lucien’s MIA girlfriend, Juliette and the nasty little guy who’s known as The Colorman. Lucien and Henri take the reader for a ride on the crazy train, encountering figures in the French art scene along the way.

What I Liked : Author Christopher Moore is uproariously humorous. There were numerous “ROL” (read out loud) moments throughout this novel. Characters such as fictitious Lucien and Juliette appealed greatly. The physical book is gorgeous with images discussed in the narrative and has blue typing.

What I Disliked : Some curse words here and there don’t bother me but the language used by various characters was beyond nasty. Also, I thought sometimes Moore crossed the line between amusingly irreverent and crazy wicked. One point late in the novel made a reference to bestiality that had major cringe factor.

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Setting : Paris, France with stops in the French countryside, Italy, England, and the US

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