A positively uplifting book. No seriously. Yes, it was bleak and made me not want to get out of bed for days at a time as my dreams were consumed by M...moreA positively uplifting book. No seriously. Yes, it was bleak and made me not want to get out of bed for days at a time as my dreams were consumed by McCarthy's depressing but realistic depictions of the world destroyed. However, the dialogue between the man and his son was incredible. I love the line that pops up over and over again "We are carrying the light aren't we?" The man and the boy were goodness struggling to hold on. In a lot of ways I felt like the Road was a metaphor, all be it a dark one, for how to deal with struggle and hardship. Most people will give up and become ruthless and kill and eat others to survive. Some few will try everything they can to keep going and to keep up their hope. It felt almost Buddhist in a way. Life is struggle so what are you going to do about?
On another note, I read once that McCarthy wrote this book after he had a son. Is this what it feels like to have kids? Shit(less)
**spoiler alert** I've always heard of Isaac Asimov spoken as legend in science fiction. So, when I saw this book sitting in the Tibetan used englsih...more**spoiler alert** I've always heard of Isaac Asimov spoken as legend in science fiction. So, when I saw this book sitting in the Tibetan used englsih bookstore, I thought what the hell. I wasn't terribly impressed. The story was a little slow and the plot never really seemed to develop. As a prequel book, I think this book is geared toward Asimov nerds who've read all the other books. With that said, I could see myself becoming an Asimov nerd. I enjoyed the end of the book when you discover Hummin is actually Da-Nee (which I totally called). In the preface to the book Asimov explains the order he thinks his Foundation, Robot and Empire novels should be read. The order doesn't start with Prequel to Foundation. So, I think I need to start with the Robot novels. Perhaps I will enjoy them more.
I recommend this book to anyone who already enjoys Asimov and knows his world and characters. If this isn't you, don't start reading Asimov with this book.(less)