Category Archives: Late to the Party

Oryx and Crake

"Oryx and Crake" by Margaret Atwood book cover

Oryx and Crake

Margaret Atwood

2003

We are Here:  Done!

Spoilers?     Yes; grumpy ones.

Reflections

As a deep admirer of Atwood’s work, burgeoning fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, and binge-watcher of medical sci-fi shows like Orphan Black, I thought I would enjoy this book much more than I did.
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Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower

Octavia E. Butler

1993

 
Parable of the Sower book cover

We are Here:  Done!

Spoilers?     Yes

Reflections

Societal collapse is real, man. And we’re probably not ready.

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Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas 

David Mitchell

2004

Cloud Atlas book

We are Here:   Done!

Spoilers?     Probably

Reflections

More than never wanting this book to end, I never wanted any of the book’s sections to end (except perhaps “Sloosha’s Crossing,” at times). I met each new section with disappointment, longing for more of what I’d just been reading, even “Timothy Cavendish,” which I did not immediately warm to, and which is terrifying in its too-real implications. Continue reading Cloud Atlas

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God   

Zora Neale Hurston

First published in 1937

Their Eyes Were Watching God

We are Here: Done reading!

Spoilers? Not really.

Reflections

What more can be said about this overlooked-then-lauded masterpiece of inner life? All I can really say is that I wish I’d opened it sooner. Continue reading Their Eyes Were Watching God