Hi all. Some of you may remember that I had hip replacement surgery last October. We’ll, I had the other one done about a 2 weeks ago. The past year has held some health challenges for me and has drawn me away from the blog. I promise I’ll be back soon. I’m out of hips to replace so I should be able to sit and type again soon.
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
Review 5 of 5 Stars (Obviously)
For Mother’s Day my son bought me the 60th Anniversary Edition of Fahrenheit 451. This book had a profound effect on me when I read it as a teenager. It was one of the books that made me sure that we are supposed to fight for freedom. Considering my home, the U.S., currently has a president who admits he doesn’t read and gets most of his information from TV this book seemed particularly poignant as I read it.
I was amazed at how many parallels there are to today’s society where people keep their faces buried in their phones, ear buds in, blocking out those around them. Socializing is becoming a thing of the past. We have come closer to Bradbury’s society. More and more people feel hopeless and alone as Montag does in this book. It’s a reality now, not fiction. Presently it’s especially dark and perilous. Complacency is the enemy of freedom.
If you need some inspiration to defend the things you love this is a great book to re-read. If you haven’t read this book, then perhaps you should. This is a classic. It doesn’t need my review, but I thought it might be nice to share it with anyone who had not yet had the chance to read it.
There are some nice additions to this edition that book lovers and writers will enjoy, as well as any Bradbury fan. At least I did. Truly one of my favorite books and a wonderful Mother’s Day present. The description does an excellent job of describing the story, but doesn’t convey any of the emotion that comes with reading this amazing book.
There is so much more than can be conveyed in a review. Unlike the author in the book, I can’t effectively convey the taste of ash and the smell of kerosene as books and their owners are destroyed.
Knowledge is power. Read more books.
THE BEECHWOOD FLUTE is a coming-of-age story about a young man finding his courage. At seventeen, Kiran wants to become a warrior to avenge his lost father and brother, but his talents lie in playing the flute. Then, when his nerve fails him, he allows his young sister to be stolen by Savages. Guilt and regret lead Kiran on a quest through the forest that leads him through servitude and suffering to discoveries about his broken family, and finally to a decision that pits his conscience against everything he has believed since childhood.
Review 5 of 5 Stars
Okay, this is a win for authors who post on Twitter. I downloaded the sample after a tweet grabbed my attention. I’m so glad I did. I bought the book when I reached the end of the sample.
Pendred Noyce is an amazing storyteller. Amazing! Officially this is a young adult (under Children’s books on Amazon), but I was sucked in by the absolute grace with which Ms. Noyce told the story. For children I would expect them to be at least preteen before they would grasp the entire story. Also there are some dark/painful parts to this story that may not be for the much younger set. All of that aside, what a great story this was and excellent world building. The characters were real people that I followed along with on their adventures and setbacks. I was completely entranced, which is nice since it has got me out of my blogging slump.
The book description hardly does justice to the amount of adventure, tragedy, soul-searching, twists and complex situations Kiran, our 17-year-old hero, manages to get himself and his friends into. He truly experiences some awful things as a slave. His circumstances would be enough to thrust anyone into a bout of depression and some would just give up, but Kiran has a particularly stubborn streak. He is a very likable and clever character despite his shortcomings, which he spends the course of the book overcoming. He also seems to have pretty good taste in friends as they rarely let him down when he needs them most.
All in all this was a great journey and an engaging story. I enjoyed it very much. It took me far away from concerns about world politics and was good enough to have me looking forward to when I could read some more. I hope some of you will also have the opportunity to enjoy it. Happy reading.
Hi all. I was expecting to be back on the blog by now, but I had a full hip replacement and am not quite back to sitting at a desk and typing. I finished The Duality Bridge by Susan Kaye Quinn and hope to share thoughts on that book and others again in the next week or so.
Anyway, didn’t want anyone to think I’d abandoned the blog. Just had to get fixed up so I could walk and sit comfortably again, which should lead to more books being reviewed. Happy reading to all. Back soon☺
Killing characters is sometimes necessary. No one lives in a world where no one dies. Great post from Nicholas Rossis.
I was reading the other day a fascinating post, Killing the Mary-Sue, by Chiyome. As I am currently debating killing a character or two in my WIP, the fourth book of my epic fantasy series Pearseus, her musings made me wonder about the role death plays in our works.
Both Schism and Rise of the Prince (the two first Pearseus books) had their fair number of untimely death, culminating in a couple of (hopefully) unexpected ones. However, everyone said those deaths made perfect sense, and accepted them.
Mad Water, the third book, also seems to have a successful ending, even if the death toll is lower – leading a reviewer to comment that it was closer to a TV series, where characters manage to cheat death more often than not.
So, why am I agonizing about death in the fourth book of the series? Probably because death, even in fiction, is such a final thing. So…
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I’m not going to go into my reasons for disliking the Hugos, which, to anyone who has read about the recent controversies, will be readily apparent. Suffice it to say that the beloved award…
Just wanted to share this post from Nicholas Rossis.
As soon as I finish reading the other half, I’ll be posting a review for Peter Cawdron’s book, Welcome to the Occupied States of America which has been an interesting first contact story thus far.
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