This was an amazing book. It was a frightening look at what the future could hold, and one could clearly see how Orwell was inspired to write 1984. IThis was an amazing book. It was a frightening look at what the future could hold, and one could clearly see how Orwell was inspired to write 1984. I like how Huxley didn't take too much time to describe what the world was now like, rather he just showed us the character's lives and left the reader to figure out what things meant and how the world operated.
Huxley's characters were dynamic, complex and interesting. Each had something to bring to the story, and everything seemed to have a purpose. I highly recommend this book, as it really allows the reader to think about happiness, freedom of choice, etc. I think everyone should read it! ...more
I thought this book was entertaining. It didn't have any stark life realizations, or a connection to something deeper, and was often quite confusing,I thought this book was entertaining. It didn't have any stark life realizations, or a connection to something deeper, and was often quite confusing, but overall it was enjoyable. I think it was probably Clarke's ideas about what the future could hold, and the immense beauty of that, in a novel. It held a lot of unimportant details, unconnected to the real point of the story, and then when it got to the point of the story, there were important parts missing. The ending was a tad confusing, and surely the whole bit about long range radio waves was confusing as well. I felt like I needed a degree in engineering to truly appreciate the finer points.
But not to discredit Clarke. I know this is a classic and the descriptions, ideas and themes implicit in the simple projections for the future were beautiful, and I truly enjoyed reading those. Overall, an entertaining read, though probably not one I'll revisit soon. ...more
I didn't terribly enjoy this book. I don't think I really like short stories all that much, I think I need to get more involved with characters in ordI didn't terribly enjoy this book. I don't think I really like short stories all that much, I think I need to get more involved with characters in order to truly appreciate the writing. Despite that, I didn't like this set much. I remembered enjoying Idoru and to some degree Neuromancer by Gibson, however, this was just not as pleasant an experience. Most of the stories just started out without explaining much of the sci fi world that it was set in, and used a lot of jargon and shortened words for things. Therefore, I had a hard time understand what some pieces of the story were referring to. Now, I don't think it was all necessary to get the genuine themes of love, loss and morals against consumer culture and waste. It was somewhat of a bar to truly enjoying the writing and story, however. In addition, because each story was set in a slightly different futuristic counter culture, it was like learning a whole new world every twenty pages. I think I would recommend this only to someone who likes short stories, and doesn't mine being confused a bit while reading. ...more
This book was AMAZING. Seriously. If you are at all a fan of sci fi stuff, even like, a little bit, you will like this book. It's super complex, fasciThis book was AMAZING. Seriously. If you are at all a fan of sci fi stuff, even like, a little bit, you will like this book. It's super complex, fascinating plot and characters, really intriguing and creative.
One of my favorite aspects was how everything seemed to work despite all of humanity dying. It was really, really interesting. Most world-ending, human race-dying books tend to have everything going to shit and people having to learn how to grown corn and what not. Though that was an element and theme here, i.e. survival, etc., it wasn't overriding and allowed for other themes to take it's place.
I also loved Em and Ish's relationship. I thought it was beautiful, not too corny and also illustrated themes about race, and society and what it all means, or in fact, doesn't really mean. Em was probably one of my favorite characters.
All in all, it was a really great book. Thought provoking, fun, dramatic and critical. I definitely want to read it again, when I have more time to think about all the things Stewart is clearly trying to tell us. I think I have my own interpretation, but it's clearly a lot more complex than that. ...more
**spoiler alert** Won this book in a firstreads giveaway. The premise sounded very interesting, but I was sorely disappointed in the execution. The fa**spoiler alert** Won this book in a firstreads giveaway. The premise sounded very interesting, but I was sorely disappointed in the execution. The fact that it was set in 2013 was a little too unbelievable for me. Granted, I think that was the point, but for me, it made it difficult for the story to seem real. This just would not happen in 2013. Not only the plot but a lot of the details, as well.
The characters were done well, and I certainly sympathized with both Santiago and Renny. However, towards the end of the novel Renny's actions seemed, out of character and lot of the events surrounding his plot line, were again, unbelievable, slightly ludicrous and just too convenient for a novel type purpose. In addition, the More character was horrid. Dunn needed to spend more time figuring him out before putting him in a story. Sometimes we loved him, sometimes hate, as did Santiago, but I feel as though the reader needs to more "in." Here, we didn't get that, we were also flip-flopping about feelings for More and so I ended up just despising him because Santiago couldn't really figure out his feelings for him. Additionally, it seemed like that was accidentally done, like we were supposed to think Santiago had decided to like him.
This leads me to my largest issue with this novel. It was confusing. Really confusing. Again, science fiction/ dystopias often are, but this was unnecessarily so. I felt like the author wanted to add in extra fun info to show us either how much he knew or just how much he could make up. This didn't work for such a short novel, with such a directed plot line. It seemed like the novel was to just 'to the point' but a lot of the details added confusion and useless detail to the plot.
Also, I feel like this novel pandered to a lot of stereotypes, but it may have been the type of book to want to do that, such as a romance. Or perhaps that the author didn't feel the need/ desire/ ability to create a stronger female character. Though the Yersenia/ N twist was clever.
So basically, read this is (a) you have nothing else to read on your bookshelf and every single bookstore is closed (b) someone you love wants you to read it (c) you got it for free on Goodreads and therefore feel like you must finish it, to review it and finally know what the heck is going on, but it doesn't really tell you ever anyways...more
I won't give this one a lengthy review, especially because so many reviewers here seem to share my sentiments.
(1) This book did not treat women kindlI won't give this one a lengthy review, especially because so many reviewers here seem to share my sentiments.
(1) This book did not treat women kindly. Yea, I know a lot of sci fi fantasy doesn't, and maybe that all rubs me the wrong way, too. (2) I am not a scientist Mr. Niven, so you know, you have to explain things. Seriously. I don't know what a stasis field is, nor a Slaver gun, or a Shadow Square nor do I understand the theories of what not and everything you seem to assume I know. If you're gonna write sci fi, please do it so everyman can understand. Or put a sticker on it that says for "physicists only." (3) Not only do you have to explain the science, but also like everything else that makes Ringworld, et al. not like Earth. Niven's descriptions of places the characters went to, even the characters themselves was awful. I generally think I'm a creative person and I kept looking at the cover trying to figure out what he was talking about.
I say, unless you MUST read all the Hugos/ Nebulas, or you are a scientist you won't like this book much either. ...more