Archive for the ‘Science Fiction’ Category

Timequake

042516434901lzzzzzzzTimequake by Kurt Vonnegut brings out his pithy comments as usual but is a more personal story.  That being said, if you aren’t one of Vonnegut’s lackeys, I don’t know if you will enjoy it as much as I did.  You really need to have an interest in what motivates the author and how his mind functions.  

The actual story deals with a “timequake” in which everyone must relive the last 10 years in exactly the same way they lived it the first time.  They lose all grasp of free will and when the timequake catches up to actual time again, chaos ensues because people are still just waiting for things to happen that they have no control over.  Cars and planes crash because people are on a new form of “autopilot”, people fall downstairs because they have forgotten how to walk, and in general people do not know what to do now that they have the choice.  

It’s a quick, entertaining, and sometimes funny book that can be easily read in a day or two.  A must read for all Vonnegut fans who want to get a better idea of the artists mind at work.

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Ender’s Game

Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game,” is an excellent book.  It is the story of young Ender Wiggins in a future, interplanetary military training center.  The story is written for the young-adult audience however there is far more depth than the average thirteen-year-old would probably understand.  Ender is recruited at a young age as an exceptionally intelligent child to learn to train and lead a tactical training group of other children.

I picked up the book based on a recommendation skeptical of the quality as it is young-adult and science fiction – two things that generally discourage me from selecting a book.  However, this turned out to be a gripping story that I could not put down until I had finished the last page….where I was pleasantly surprised by an unexpected ending.

The Host

Stephenie Meyer’s first attempt at adult fiction is best left in the young-adult category.  The only difference in the depth of the book is the number of pages.  And as for that, in my opinion, the book was about two hundred pages too long.

The concept behind the story was intriguing enough but it turned into a long, drawn out, repetitive story.

“The Host” is the story of aliens implanting theirselves in the necks of ‘host’ human bodies.  They are never violent towards each other – only towards humans when taking their bodies to implant themselves in.  It is better than it sounds but not by a long stretch.

Meyer may have been better off sticking to the vampire genre that struck such a note.  I know that she was trying to venture out and show that her talents were deeper but, they aren’t too much deeper that what you saw in “Twilight.”

For the right type of reader, I might still recommend this book.  But for those expecting something more mature, don’t expect it in Stephenie Meyer’s writing.  She is much better in the young-adult, vampire genre and hopefully she’ll stick with what she is good at from now on.