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I AM A READING MACHINE!

In the past week and a half:

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (5/5)
A Stranger is Watching, Mary Higgins Clark (3/5)
Rocket City, Cathryn Alpert (4/5)
The Time Machine, H. G. Wells.(4/5)

*yea* for reading! :-)

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azurereaver
Jul. 16th, 2004 10:38 am (UTC)
Of that list I've only read The Time Machine. It has that nice insight in to what people used to think about science in it, wrapped up with a whole lot of fiction that is conveyed better than the movie version. Not to mention that it could be considered a statement about what our lives have become (or are becoming, depending upon how cynical you choose to be).
tenthz
Jul. 16th, 2004 11:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was interesting. For such an aclaimed book, I found it to be rather simple-minded. Maybe just the straight-forward narration was what did it, but *shrug* maybe my expectations were too high.
azurereaver
Jul. 16th, 2004 11:54 am (UTC)
Well it's simple-minded from today's stand point as far as sci-fi goes. It was written for the masses. It's an insane leap in sci-fi from when it was written - 1895! So 109 years ago when mechanical marvels were gradually becoming a more and more common sight (1876 - gas motor engine invented) a man postulated what would happen if a man could create a machine to travel through time, and it caught the burgeoning world's imagination. Is technology really improving our lives?
tenthz
Jul. 16th, 2004 11:57 am (UTC)
umm... that's not what I meant. Just the style in which it was writen is very simple. Not what I expected from such a reknown piece of literature. The thoughts, ideas, and the world he created are a masterpiece, but I would have liked to see them developed a little more. And he was the first to write in the genre (Unless you count Verne, but Verne didn't even count himself).:-P
azurereaver
Jul. 16th, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC)
Ahso.

Personally I like C.S. Lewis more anyway. The 'Cosmic Trilogy' as people like to call it is a cooler version of traveling to an alien world, even if it's not by time travel. The science parts of it are painful though when compared to our understanding today, but I'm sure they'll be saying that about us someday.
tenthz
Jul. 16th, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC)
I haven't read anything by him yet. I'll have to add that to my reading list. And that's the coolest part about Sci-fi, to me, that it is only limited by our imaginations - which seem limitless until we look back at sci-fi written in the past and realize how much we are bound by our current knowledge.
memeslayer
Jul. 16th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
You haven't read C.S. Lewis? Not even the Chronicles of Narnia?
tenthz
Jul. 16th, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC)
Nope!

*looks proud of herself*

I only got into any sort of sci-fi when I got to RIT.
(read: dated Rohde)
memeslayer
Jul. 16th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC)
...

Oh my.

C.S. Lewis is not (exclusively) sci-fi, and you're doing yourself a great disservice by dismissing him as such. Check out the Amazon reviews for The Chronicles of Narnia and see for yourself. It's more like A Wrinkle in Time than anything else.

I am one of the most hardcore atheists on earth. I am recommending a Christian allegory as reading material. This does not happen often. :)
tenthz
Jul. 16th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC)
Woo! Christian Allegory! :-)

And I'm not really *dismissing* him... I've been meaning to read that for a while, but haven't gotten to it.

And it is Friday @ 3:30 and I've got a WHOLE HOUR left at work. I'm going nutso. :-P
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