2001: A Space Odyssey is probably my favourite science fiction book I’ve read.
The reason why I love it is because it’s not only sicence fiction, it’s a deep insight to philosophy, to evolution, to the psychology of human beings. It’s a science fiction book that’s actually a philosophical journey, it felt like that to me. A book has to be incredibly intelligent for me to enjoy it, and Space Odyssey is every level of intelligent. Not only that, it’s an enjoyment to read!
I love the classics, but there’s something about sciece fiction and thrillers that I can never find in a classical literature.
The movie and the book are completely different – I would honestly say that he book is infinitely better than the movie, which I didn’t understand at all without reading the book. They’re meant to be different and shouldn’t be compared. One is a visual journey and the other one is existential science fiction journey.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Michael Crichton’s books. He is the one that introduced me to thrillers and made me absolutely love the first person viewpoint in them.
This book doesn’t give the reader big ideas, but it’s a cautionary science fiction novel and exceeds at that. The book is very easy to read, I finished it within a day and wanted to read more from Chrichton from that moment on. Some people criticise that the book is not completely true to science – there is a very good genre for those people – hard science fiction. Andy Weir’s ”The Martian” is a perfect example of a good hard sci-fi book.
Do read the book if you’d like a cautionary tale about human technology gone wrong, don’t read the book if you expect something truly insightful.
Wow, that was definitely something!
I mostly liked ”Annihilation”, although it was my first horror novel, so it was an especially gripping read. The only flaw is that the main character is quite unengaging, I didn’t really care for her survival since I’m not sure she does herself. She is more interested to get conjured by the world she discovers, rather than to survive the expedition. It was much more interesting to discover the area X, to discover the mysteries of why people go insane and animals behave the way they do over there. I would, however, call this book more horror than sci-fi.
The thing is, while I hate the horror fiction, I will probably read the next one against my will because I want to go back to the world Jeff VanderMeer had created. I thought the atmosphere of the book was insanely eery and very engaging. A fun ride!
Lately I’m in the mood of reading sad and thought-provoking biographies, so I took up this wonderfully written story of Martin Pistorius, a man who once was (and in some ways, perhaps still is) trapped inside his body, not being able to talk or move.
”Ghost Boy” was such a sad story to read – while it has a happy ending, it was also excruciatingly sad to read how he was treated (abused by the caretakers, mentally and physically), how people looked right past him. They say that you can tell someone’s character based on how he treats waitresses and animals. I would add mentally disabled person to this list – and what bothers me more is how that uncompassionate people actually work in the field of helping others.
Luckily, his story got a happy ending.