“Acceptance” is the third book in the brilliant series of “The Southern Reach Trilogy”. The series takes the reader through the strange, daunting and unforgiving landscape of Area X. This is an area seemingly carved out of the world today, yet unfamiliar. Creepy animals and non-natural behavior patterns abound. The lives of those living in its shadow and under its mysterious gaze are chronicled in this story of terror.
In this Sci-Fi adventure humanity has not yet reached the stars, but they have breached the confines of our blue planet to be able to live life on others. People have moved beyond the barriers of racism and sexism that are present today, but rather have replaced it with a new prejudice by gravitational body shape. People are no longer patriotic to their country, but rather what rock they reside on. This is the world in which humanity has awakened closer to the stars, in “Leviathan Wakes”.
“The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet” is a masterpiece of a Space Opera. Set in the future, perhaps not too distant, a young human woman is setting forth into the world in her first job after college. While this is relatable, the adventures she leads are not conceivable in the current era. She ventures off into deep space to live amongst an inter-species crew that makes tunnels in space to connect the galaxy. The friendships, obstacles and humorous miscommunications the crew encounters, creates a captivating read.
Myfanwy Thomas finds herself in a complete state of amnesia in the middle of a park, during a raging storm. Adding to the mystery is that she find herself surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. She herself appears to have taken a beating, but of course survived. With no memories, all she has left are letters written to herself, with detailed instructions on how live her life. This new beginning for Myfanwy Thomas makes for a page turner right from the start!
Last month I had the pleasure of getting a copy of this book and meeting Neil Gaiman! I was part way through another one of his books, but in my excitement I had to temporarily put it down to get started reading this one. I meticulously went through the pages, so as to savor every moment of it. My journey through “Norse Mythology” is one that was funny and memorable.
I have a flair for dystopian novels, movies or comics. I suppose they bring my worst nightmares to life in detail, which in a strange way is exciting. Based on the genre’s popularity I suspect the same for a large portion of the population that it appeals to. Offred, the protagonist of this book tells her story as a Handmaid, where she lives an almost enslaved life of servitude in a not so far dystopian future.
I picked this novel up in December, in anticipation of my book club for last week. Reading such a long book is usually not my first choice, but I figured I would give it a shot with having two months and several plane rides to have to pass the time. I have a mixed analysis of the book.