So, the last time I posted a real blog was on August 22nd. A lot has happened since then. Especially on my bookshelf. So what have I been reading?
It’s August 2nd, which means my last round of bi-monthly goals is officially at an end. So, how did we do?
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I had a lot of time to get some work done and catch up on some things, which prompted this blog.
Alright, part 2 here we go. In my last blog about 1984, we talked about the double speak/double think that’s reflected in both the recent presidential election. Maybe it isn’t fair to just focus on the current president, because I’m sure politicians from all walks of life have been guilty of falsehoods since politics became a thing, but I digress.
Hello, friends! It’s time for another book review! Hooray! Today we’re talking about The Neuromancer by William Gibson. I just recently read this book in January of this year after having it on my to read list for a solid decade. It might have been longer, actually, because I remember buying my copy at Borders when I was in high school. Let’s all have a moment of silence for the loss of the beloved Borders.
I’m breaking a few of my own rules here. This book was not on my to read list as discussed in a previous blog. I put a hold on it at the library and it happened to be available so I went ahead and checked it out, which is breaking another rule where I’m not supposed to put things on hold while I’ve got other things to read. Oh well.
I saw that someone did this tag and I thought “Hey, I want to do that.” So I’m doing it, regardless of whether I’m tagged or not.
eBooks got pretty big a few years ago, and now everyone is cashing in their 2 cents about whether the physical or digital book is better. Some swear by the ease and speed of eBooks, while some can’t lose the spark of nostalgia and joy they get from holding a story in their hand. Clearly you haven’t read enough blogs just like this one, so here’s my take on the whole thing.
The Circle by Dave Eggers has been in the back of my mind since I first saw it at Half Price Books a few years ago. The concept was intriguing to me, but I never got around to reading it. Then I saw they were coming out with a movie, and being the book lover that I am, I had to read the book before I could sit through the movie adaptation. So I checked it out from the library.
The book’s premise is a pretty typical “what society could become” type of novel. Not quite dystopian, more like what the path to dystopia could look like. Our brave hero Mae gets a job at The Circle, a large, prestigious, and very trendy company. The Circle runs a program called TruYou, which is like a Google account. You have to use your real identity, so no one can be anonymous, and most of your utilities (banking, shopping, social media, etc.) are connected to this one account. I’m sure you can already see where this is going just based on the description of the book, but hang with me for just a second.
On to the review. As always, I am going to try to be spoiler free. I am going to be talking a lot about character development, which may give you some hints as to what’s going to happen, but I won’t spoil anything for you.
Uhhh, hey. Sorry. It’s been like, a real long time since I wrote anything. It’s not even that I’ve been really busy, it’s just I haven’t sat down to write anything. I’ve been meaning to, but I didn’t. Also, I didn’t have anything to write about BECAUSE…