Two new discoveries for my 'to read again' list~ Spoilers are in the rot13 cipher, so if you want to read it, just paste the text into the website! c:
World War Z by Max Brooks Possibly the most engagingly horrifically fascinating book I've read in a long time. What makes it so brilliant is that one - if not the most unrealistic element of the book are the zombies themselves.
Set after the zombie apocalypse, the book paints the picture of entire apocalypse from start to finish in snatches of anecdotes. The book immerses you utterly in the alternate reality and makes it genuine in that many of the most powerful, brutal, horrific things are left unsaid and implied; they're assumed to be general knowledge and you must piece it together.
I loved the varied narratives - the book takes you to Tibet, to Cuba, to Russia, to India, to so many different countries and all of whom had different responses. There are countries you never would have thought about, but it was great to learn. Every voice was unique and added to the overall picture.
Amazing insight into the problems currently facing each country, caused by the collective social values and mentalities, and society as a whole - over-reliance on technology, government corruption, the dependency on information from official sources, class divides, basically modern society and the pitfalls of the comfort and power of authorities that we've come to take for granted. It kind of makes you realise how we are utterly not ready for something like this.
The book is also full of nerdy details that I loved learning about - gun models, army units, the logistics of war, the nitty gritty of evacuation plans etc.. It's definitely not light reading, but it's compulsively readable and I would totally recommend this to anyone.
I would probably have criticisms after I think a bit more deeply, but, aside from a few slightly convenient/unbelievable things, it was pretty much perfect. I'm really hoping the movie will not screw it up but, knowing Hollywood, it probably will XD
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Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry
This is just a ridiculously charming book and so quintessentially full of 'Englishness'. Rife with lots of cultural references I had to look up, the book's just written in such a funny, self-deprecating way - I can just imagine Stephen Fry shaking his head at himself as he reminisces.
The book is just full of warm, enthusiastic emotion - talking about love, the horror of not being able to create music, the power of words, the self-righteous feeling of being fifteen and thinking you know all there is to know about the world (I mean, I only groped my way out of that four years ago as opposed to Mr Fry doing so, what, forty years ago? BUT I CAN RELATE ;v;) and the restlessness of precocious children who are too smart for their own good, basically.
I've always been the type to stick by the rules so it's fascinating to see a completely different kind of childhood full of trouble and mischief and seeing too much.
I also had to marvel at how easily references to Coleridge, Browning and the classical composers just pop out at places in the book because it's associated so closely with studying now that it's hard to imagine people considering them normal reading or books for 'fun'.