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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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Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

2011

 
Ready Player One book cover

We are Here:  Done!

Spoilers?     YES

Reflections

So here we are, the yearly E3 conference having come and gone from Los Angeles. A large sub-section of society rolled out the red carpet for technological innovations with ambiguous consequences for culture as we know it, and I couldn’t help but think of this post. Four years later, I’ve actually gotten around to reading the book whose review I reviewed, and at quite the opportune time. This is, after all, the age of Oculus Rift. The horrifying technology featured in Ready Player One is finally shaping up to be a real possibility.

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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