Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games

Oh sweet temptation, I cave to thee ever so oft’, and yet, how scarcely do I regret it. A tinge of embarrassment, possibly, and an element of judging the fool that wears my shoes does creep in, but that’s alright. That’s alright. This book has caught my attention numerous times since it hit the stands […]

Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake

It was in September 2009 when I purchased Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, and it’s been sitting on my shelf since, feeling slightly neglected. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the book, so procrastination played its part in the delay, but I finally did pull it out, being in the mood for some post-apocalyptic fiction. My Atwood […]

John Wyndham – The Chrysalids

When I was quite small I would sometimes dream of a city -which was strange because it began before I even knew what a city was. So opens John Wyndham’s post-nuclear catastrophe dystopian novel, as narrated by David, a child living in a small place called Labrador. Not much is known about the nuclear war, […]

José Saramago – Death At Intervals

Death At Intervals (also published as Death With Interruptions) is an extremely surreal book by the Nobel Laureate, José Saramago. In a country (not necessarily futuristic), people have stopped dying one new year’s day, in spite of illness, accidents and life in general. The different strata of society react differently: people are initially joyous as they […]

David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas

In January 2009, I was introduced to the wonderful world of David Mitchell by a friend, who lent me the surreal number9dream – a book I absolutely loved. She proceeded to lend me Cloud Atlas next, and it’s been sitting abandoned on my unread shelf for about a year now, as I’ve been reluctant to pick […]

John Christopher – The Death Of Grass

Background: While this month, my blog entries seem to be focused a lot on the Take A Chance challenge, it’s only because the challenge is up end of month, and I am actually trying to finish it. After this, I only have one more challenge to tackle, and I’ve already started the final book (David […]

Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid's Tale {Weekly Geeks Q&A}

I’m still playing catch-up on 13th June’s Weekly Geeks. I know, I know, it’s been about a month, and that’s ample time to catch up! However, after this, I’ll just have two more to do: Disgrace, and His Dark Materials. Am planning to re-read the latter this month, so might end up doing that one […]

George Orwell – Animal Farm

An anthropomorphic anti-Soviet social satire, this book stirred up a fair bit of controversy, and initially, a multitude of publishers refused to print it, fearing the repercussions of the act. The book focuses on the animals of Manor Farm, and how they go the full circle, from being owned by men and working for them, […]

Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange

O my brothers, this book is real horrorshow. You must have slooshied about it, and in my opinion, it’s a must read. Apologies for the nadsat, i.e. teenage Russian slang, but I think this is partly responsible for making this book just as good as it is (and I really can’t rate it high enough). […]

Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

A book set in the future, but has a title inspired by Shakepeare’s The Tempest, Brave New World details a dystopian society. However, if you’re expecting to see shades of Orwell’s 1984, you’re in for a surprise. On the other hand, there are some small comparisons that can be made with Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, another […]

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