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Category: Classics

Classics, Science Fiction, Translation

We

If they do not understand that we are bringing them a mathematically faultless happiness, our duty is to force them to be happy. The forefather of dystopian fiction, the Russian We (confusingly called My in its original language) starts of in a utopian society. Someone…

Classics, Uncategorized

A Christmas Carol

There’s more of gravy than of the grave about you! A Christmas Carol needs no introduction. Having watched many an adaptation every Christmas, this is the first year I’ve actually got round to reading the book. It’s novella length and pretty easy going, so I…

Classics, Science Fiction

The Midwich Cuckoos

Richard and Janet Gayford are in London on the 26th September so are perturbed when they return the next day to find their return to the sleepy village of Midwich blocked. They set off over the fields only to discover that the whole village has…

5 Star, Classics, Science Fiction

The Chrysalids

I certainly did not feel unusual. I was a normal little boy, growing up in a normal way, taking the ways of the world about me for granted. Waknuk is a district of law-abiding, God-respecting people, where deviations and blasphemies are not tolerated. Any crop…

Classics, List, Top Ten

Top Ten Classics

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Most of my favourite classics are fairly modern. I’m not a huge classics reader, to be honest, but this list does contain some of my favourite books. #10 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?…

Classics, Science Fiction

The Kraken Wakes

It all started so slowly. So much, that a number of seemingly unconnected events mostly went unreported for months. But the increase of shipwrecks starts to raise eyebrows. Could there be something in the deepest reaches of the ocean? And if so, what? Does it…

Classics, Uncategorized

The Great Gatsby

So, The Great Gatsby. It’s set in a superficial Long Island community and is narrated by Nick who is somewhat an outsider in a smaller, less glamourous house next door to Mr Gatsby. He seems to do lunches and goes on excursions with his cousin…

Classics

Titus Groan

So, I have reached then end of book one of the Gormenghast trilogy and it has been overall an enjoyable experience. As I’ve previously mentioned, the prose is extremely descriptive and may not be to everyone’s tastes. Certainly, if you’re not used to reading literary…