…is that Twilight is actually part of a very long literary tradition…
…of appallingly written books about abusive men and the annoying women who love them…
I effing hate this book.
And they teach this in school. Sads. This book sucked. I hated it. But I hate unrequited love almost as much as I hate the blatant patriarchy.
The Impossible Planet
The impossible astronaut
Vincent and the Doctor
The Empty Child
Love & Monsters
Probably The Silver Nemesis.
The Shakespeare Code
Doomsday (Crazy right?)
Here is the LONG time coming review of Incarceron by Catherine Fisher! (I do promise an awful lot on this blog don’t I? You should stop believing them.) It was interesting…and yes there is a but coming. Being this far distanced from the book I can more easily assess what it was that bothered me. Was it thrilling? Sure, it had it’s moments. But, I had some problems with the characters…
Before I get to that, a quick synopsis without spoilers: the book is set in a retro-futuristic “utopian” society where the ruling class decided change was the root of all evils so of course, they put an end to it. It was mandated everyone revert back to living as a more “simpler” time called “Era” (which appears to be somewhere in the 1800’s). To further make society more civilized/peaceful they closested away criminals into Incarceron, a “humane” prison that was supposed to provide everything they needed while sending their wisest men in to rehabilitate them with no way in or out. (Obviously the point is that they’re trying to find a way out.)
Please excuse the rampant use of double quotes, but as in all dystopian books not all is as it seems. Technology advances anyway, rich people keep up the facade of living Era while poor people become serfs. Inside the prison, Incarceron has turned into a dog eat dog world where the prison plays with it’s toys. The main characters are Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and Finn child of Incarceron who has visions of the outside world. As most dystopian novel, the themes focus on how NOT perfect things really are, also a mysterious plot unfolds around Claudia and Finn (duh, they’re the main characters).
Overall, it was an interesting and I especially liked when both worlds realized that neither one was perfect. The whole book screamed Zamyatin’s argument of entropy versus energy. Are we advancing or digressing as a society? Also the horrible consequences of trying to force things to stay the same. Stagnation leads only to further disintegration and eventually revolt. Read We by Zamyatin. It’s A-mazing. Inspired 1984 and it’s better.
After the jump, more of my and the book club’s opinions on the book. There are no spoilers per say, but my opinions were strong. I would suggest reading it for yourself first so I don’t influence your reading.
So after a very lengthy and as usual deep conversation on Friday night with my favorite self-proclaimed acafan Courtney Stoker I realized that I’m not a “FaaAaan” of anything. It was a kind of depressing thought. When we talked about it further it was still depressing… I guess it depends on what your definition of fan is. But according to Courtney’s definition of someone who is very personally and emotionally involved with a particular cross section of fandom. I went home bummed out and mulling over this idea that I was lacking fanish enthusiasm for anything.
I guess I have Attention Deficit Hyperactive Fan Disorder…
One of my favorite super powers: Prehensile Hair. It’s very underrated. This blog post is dedicated to it!
Also known as:
- Hair Manipulation
- Animated Hair
Those prefixes for -kinesis were weird… Anyway. The basic definition, which I had to give to a group of people at work on Friday, is hair that moves independently like an extra appendage.
Recently because of the encouragement of my friend Katy and my husband, Istarted a book club with some like minded ladies who all work with me. Not long after, I helped plan the programming ApolloCon in Houston for Katy.
We proposed a panel about book clubs (since we were both in one) and two of the Guests of Honor, Ann Vandermeer and Jean Gomell, were interested so it was put on the docket for Sunday morning. It was a much enjoyed meandering panel about what it was like to share a love of books with a group of people. All four of us had very different types of book clubs and therefore very different experiences. The comparison after the jump: