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message 1: by Ed (last edited Dec 21, 2012 06:58AM) (new)

Ed Wagemann (edwagemann) | 992 comments I'm currently reading Albert Brooks 2030. A few months ago I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.*
It was interesting how different these two novels are even though they are both set in the near future and they are both taking aspects of today's culture and society and playing out the possible outcomes.

As someone who reads a lot of history thta is interesting because I see how a certain cultural event, a certain discovery or invention, can totally change the course of history and influence everyone's life.

Also I found that 2030 and Ready Player One, both written in 2011, bare comparsion to George Orwells 1984 (1949)and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1931) as bookend examples within this genre of books about the near future.


*(I RARELY read fiction - I'm strickly a Daper Dan man - Er, uhm, I mean a non-fiction man, in fact prior to these two fiction novels I hadn't read a fictional novel in a good five years.)

message 2: by Jenny (new)

Jenny | 218 comments Mod
I have been working my way through the classics for a while now. It is not nearly as boring as I was worried it might be.

message 3: by Ed (last edited Dec 27, 2012 02:01PM) (new)

Ed Wagemann (edwagemann) | 992 comments Here's my review of Ready Player One which got 3 out of 5 stars:

My review of Albert Brooks's 2030 which I gave 2 out of 5:

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