[Book] Hyperion – Dan Simmons [1989]

Title: Hyperion Author: Dan Simmons Genre:  Science Fiction Rating: 8.5/10 On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, … Continue reading [Book] Hyperion – Dan Simmons [1989]

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[Book] Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro [2005]

Title: Never Let Me Go Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Genre: Dystopian science fiction Rating: 8.0/10 Summary: In one of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now 31, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to … Continue reading [Book] Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro [2005]

[Book] Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert [1857]

Title: Madame Bovary Author: Gustave Flaubert Genre: Literary Realism Rating: 6.5/10 Is there really a point to me reviewing a book that has long and widely been hailed as the 'perfect work of fiction'?  Am I adding anything to the discussion that thousands of students poring over this work for decades have not already discussed to death in … Continue reading [Book] Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert [1857]

[Book] Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

Title: Slaughterhouse-Five Author:  Kurt Vonnegut Genre:  Black Humor, Satire, War Rating: 8.5/10 Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 masterpiece Slaughterhouse-Five is sometimes called the spiritual successor to Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. It is a comparison that feels both instinctive and inappropriate; the latter revels in the comically absurd while the former in the existentially outlandish. In fact, at first glance, that … Continue reading [Book] Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

[Book] Catch-22 – Joseph Heller (1961)

Title: Catch-22 Author:  Joseph Heller Genre:  Black Humor, Satire Rating: 8.0/10 The glorification of war has a long sordid past, stretching all the way back to the days of Homer and the Iliad. The masses’ rejection of war and the exposure of its horrors have relatively less storied histories but are well-established nonetheless. Joseph Heller’s dark … Continue reading [Book] Catch-22 – Joseph Heller (1961)

[Book] Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (1932)

Title: Brave New World Author: Aldous Huxley Genre: Dystopian Fiction Rating: 9.0/10 The allure of dystopian fiction lies in its ability to conjure nightmarish possibilities from its readers’ worst fears, while yet allowing those very readers to reassure themselves, when they put the book down, that their own reality could be so much worse. The power of the … Continue reading [Book] Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (1932)

[Book] Mistborn: The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson [2006]

Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire Author: Brandon Sanderson Published:  July 17, 2006 Rating: 8.0/10 What happens when a lovable criminal crew like the one in Ocean’s Eleven is tasked with taking down the evil Empire from Star Wars? You get the plot of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn: The Final Empire and it is every bit as absorbing … Continue reading [Book] Mistborn: The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson [2006]