The Book (The Book)
What bibliophile can resist a challenge such as that? With a slight smirk I eagerly defied those words and plunged onward into the world of Holden Clifford - an intriguing dystopia in which environmental laws have banned paper and all literature and news media are conveniently conveyed to audiences via digital hand-held devices, portable and personal, each one called The Book. Holden, like his Salinger namesak...more
I do believe that, wholeheartedly, and have embraced digital reading, along with millions of other avid readers. I love the digital communit...more
"The Book" is set in a futuristic United States of America in which the use of paper is banned in an effort to save the environment. The mantra 'reduce, reuse, recycle' takes on a whole new meaning in the future when all paper is gath...more
I believe that his dystopia is already upon us and growing stronger every day. I believe there is no way to overthrow it or change its direction. I believe we’re fucked. But like I said, I am a cynic.
M. Clifford isn’t. His book, The Book is about a “near future” dystopia where the state sponsored media and the powers tha...more
Clifford's twists add the impact of today's technology like that e-reader mentione...more
"Have you ever read a book like this before? From a bound stack of printed paper?"
"No, I haven't."
"Well, enjoy it. The experience is a unique one."
This rings so true to me. I don’t think I could ever enjoy a digital book as much a bound book of pages that I can physically flip through.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Alt...more
I read this 2 months ago & still think about it often. That's really saying something for this book! I am more & more wary of e-books now, & whenever I think about getting one, this book comes to mind, & I shudder.
This was a very interesting look into what our future could be like with environmentalism - reduce, reuse, recycle - taken to the extreme. Although this is a fictitious dystopian novel, the outcome of a paper-free world was depicted in a very pla...more
So as it is, the book was an interesting concept and was executed very well. I liked that it was based on current technology, but didn't take away from the bea...more
The book falls apart in a number of areas. I don't want to knock the book simply because it is self published but there is a reason that agents and publishing houses weren't interested. It has numerous plot holes. In fact, the majority of it doesn't make sense when you really think about it. I get that Holden is upset when he finds out that the copies of the books he reads aren't the originals but if you grew up with and loved a ce...more
Clifford meet George Orwell..., June 17, 2010
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This review is from: The Book (Kindle Edition)
Clifford's novel The Book reminds me of George Orwell's futuristic tone of 'big brother is watching you'. It is a fiction that sets up a time in the future when paper and books are no longer utilized -ever. The dependency on the electronic forms of reading and gathering information have become so intense, that the government uses it to perpetuate its own truths and m...more
Let me begin by saying that I don't mean This Book. You should definitely read This Book!
I mean The Book, the one that M.Clifford tells his story about. The Book that replaced all other books. The Book that is governed, updated, and edited by The Publishing House. The Book that is full of lies.
Imagine a world eerily like the one Bradbury introduced to us in Fahrenheit 451. A world where owning a copy of a paper book is illegal. A world where books are recycled - burned, destr...more
I wouldn't be so harsh but...more
#1 - Very well written. It is an interesting and novel satire around Kindle and other e-books taking over our lives. This excerpt contains a pending romance, confrontation with Freethinkers, and a hint of Big Brother operating through the e-book – which is really a very up-to-date slim computer.
#2 - This is beautifully written, it has a fast moving intriguing plot and well developed characters. The language is descriptive and pulls you into the story. It contains wonderfully u...more
either way, i really enjoyed this book. more so than i expected to, actually. the story of a not so distant future where the printed book is not only obsolete, but illegal is a scary thought. especially when you add to the mix the government censorship of unnecessary passages in all published electronic versions of books, used to manipulate and control society as they read.
holden is a perfect hero (in fact, all the characters are well developed). the langu...more
At times, there are curious events or reactions by the characters that are a bit odd and nonsensical. There are plot gaps in places, and the acclaim that other characters have for the hero is disproportionate to anythin...more
In the 90's everyone saw "Schindler's List" because it was one of those political history-type movies you jus...more
While a bit slow in the beginning, the story quickly picks up and launches the reader into a world where government-issued ereaders have driven paperbacks into obscurity as ill...more
This book covers much of the same territory as Orwell's 1984, but where that was a product of a different era, this is a product of today. What we have come to consider the blessings of technology may in fact be a curse. When history can be "edited" as easily as it can today, whose version are we to trust? When political leaders and their captive news services swear to the lies they tell, the warning in this book is very real indeed.
“Don’t read The Book”
These words open the Novel by M. Clifford. The novel is a view of a futuristic United States of America where the social pressure towards greener lifestyle combined with the technological advances in e-readers has formed a society that has no paper. All novels, text books, documents, and even historical documents are all electronic. The people in this future are so tied to their e-readers that they sharpen their nails to use on the reader.
To ensure that everybody has equal...more
The concept is very creepy - in the future, every one reads from an ereader titled The Book and physical copies of books, for the most part, no longer exist - they were recycled to preserve the earth. However, this means that there are people in control of the books that are actually on The Book and they can have been ed...more
This book takes the idea of e-book readers to a new extreme in that EVERYONE owns one (simply called, the Book) and it is the only way to read anything. There has been a ma...more
I am not one to just jump into purchasing a book until I know that it is clean, so I checked out the digital version. It allowed you to read the first half of the b...more
He wrote his first book on his mother's rickety green typewriter at the prudent age of eight and three-quarters....more