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review 2017-03-28 23:38
Review of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

A difficult book to rate. First let me say that I now understand why my high school students all talked about not enjoying this book at all in their English classes. I feel like it would over the top of their heads with its philosophy. I also was surprised to see the amount that sex and open relationships were discussed considering this is required reading at many high schools. I am not saying it should be censored, but it is interesting that it is a book of choice for many high school classes.

 

The book itself if a classic so there is not much more I can say. I felt the plot was simply a thin way to expound on various social ideas and philosophies. In some of the later chapters, there is simply a conversation discussing philosophy of the fictional world compared to the beliefs of what would have been the author's contemporary world.

 

Interesting concepts to think about, but not a page-turner.

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review 2017-02-19 00:00
Brave New World
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley Giving up on this classic. Several chapters in and no main characters, no real plot, just a heap of exposition. At least 1984 had a clear protagonist and plot to follow. If I'm going to be bashed over the head with world building and social criticism I want it to be engaging.
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review 2017-02-01 00:00
Brave New World Revisited
Brave New World Revisited - Aldous Huxley While being extremist at times, Huxley showed that he was well read in neurology, psychology, foreign policies and media. This collection of essays portrait him as a realistic Nostradamus.
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review 2017-01-10 00:00
Brave New World
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley Interesting, it would have been great to read it back in the time when it was written... nowadays it is not that shocking, although it is still a nice reading. I liked very much the end.
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review 2017-01-09 08:00
The City of Mirrors
The City of Mirrors - Justin Cronin

I remember reading The Passage years ago and really enjoying it. So when I read The Twelve, admittedly only last year, I was not feeling it and was disappointed. It took me hundreds of pages to get back into the story and even then it did not really succeeded. With this information, I was a bit afraid to start with The City of Mirrors, but I wanted to finish the series, and also prevent another huge gap between books.

It was okay. There were parts that I enjoyed, and others that just seemed to be so much filler without actually adding something. Strangely enough though, the part I liked best was Zero's back story. He really fleshed out the characters, and I think this is why I've heard so much great things about his non-fantasy novels. I would certainly pick up one of those books.

However, the survivalist story I liked less. They all feel very safe with the Twelve defeated, but of course, now that there is a new novel, you already know it can't last. It didn't feel very surprising at all, and also to me it was not the last stand that so epic a series (in number of pages at least) should be deserving.

Like I said, I was slightly disappointed with The City of Mirrors, but as Justin Cronin really knows how to portray his characters, I will certainly read more from him in the future!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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