Truly a magical and moving novel, The Signature Of All Things, takes us back to a time when wondering about the world was an adventure and discoveringTruly a magical and moving novel, The Signature Of All Things, takes us back to a time when wondering about the world was an adventure and discovering it was a career. A novel that stands the test of time, Signature blooms a delightful and unusual Tale that will stay with the reader for a while....more
What a glorious story riddled with characters to love and some you love to hate... A tale that brings you through a few generations and a couple of waWhat a glorious story riddled with characters to love and some you love to hate... A tale that brings you through a few generations and a couple of wars that have forever changed the history of the world told in the point of view of the sailors at sea. Beautiful, breathtaking, and at times exotic, We The Drowned leaves the reader with their sea legs intact. Excellent....more
Dave Eggers yet again opens the reader's eyes to a world that could very well be our distant future. In fact, the socieWhat an important book to read!
Dave Eggers yet again opens the reader's eyes to a world that could very well be our distant future. In fact, the society he portrays is scarily like our own and we are at its doorstep, knocking. "The Circle" combines facebook, google, instagram, among all other internet monopolies, and makes them obsolete, while "The Circle" creates its own singular brand that globalizes the internet as we know it. Now people use their real identity for everything online, no more multiple usernames and passwords, and best of all, solving "the chaos of an orderless world" (p. 370) is within "The Circle's" reach. The company is at the head of countless innovations and studies and is very rapidly changing the world in a big way. Now, anyone can purchase a small, but technologically advanced camera and stick it anywhere without it being detected. The live footage at that location comes on your screen, on anyone's screen, with 100% accuracy, as if you were actually really there. Even more daunting, a person may also become "transparent", meaning one's actions, words, body language, activities, etc, are exposed tot he entire world, 24/7 on a live feed- simply by putting on a special high-tech necklace. Privacy has become almost unattainable, while knowledge and "Truth" are virtually uncensored and exposed. Literally.
Protaganist/antagonist Mae Holland is new to "The Circle". Having gotten hired with the help from her college friend Annie, who is already an elite member of "The Circle", Mae falls easy prey to a company who wants control while masking it as utopia. The longer Mae continues to move up in her new place at work, the more she becomes an invaluable member of this digital world, brainwashed by its danerous ideas and becomes convinced that everything, everyone, and every place must be known, seen, and heard, at all times, for anyone to have access to anyhwere.
What begins as a groundbreaking and perfect company, "The Circle" turns out to be the beginnings of the demise of society as we know it where free will and simply being free is nonexistent. We must as readers, and humans, pay attention to a fable like this one. We must recognize now the failings the internet has and the consequences that come with constantly being in touch with all information at all times- our smart phones are already there. Is knowledge really power? And is there ever a point when one can know too much? We need to remember to be human-to be people first- and not just a device. ...more