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review 2016-11-20 20:32
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

When a book is compared to a great classic, it’s unavoidable that the reader would have high expectations. In many reviews Fahrenheit 451 is compared to George Orwell’s masterpiece 1984. Sadly, Fahrenheit 451, is not even a little brother to 1984.  So, my review is in this comparison. 


In 1984 George Orwell created a world of fear and paranoia, where one has to either comply or die. Orwell is the one who coined the phrase ‘big brother’ that is so widely used these days. He is the one who created pages and pages of brainwashing doctrine that is the core of the 1984 world. 1984 is a story of survival and a failed attempt to love.  1984 is big, ground breaking, full of fear and it leaves you wanting more. 


On the contrast, Fahrenheit 451 feels like more a reflection of the writer on what would it be like to live in a dystopian world. It is a struggle of one man to discover and understand his true place in a society that does not accept dissent. The novel is more self-focused; the narrative primarily revolves around the main character, Guy Montag, and the scariest thing is a metal hound that injects people with poison. (Honestly, if one had to really defend oneself against the metal hound, all one had to do is to bash its head with a rock. *eye roll, please*). The only memorable thing from the book is its title. Supposedly, the Ray Bradbury thought it was autoingnition temperature of paper. I’ve looked it up online and, generally, scientists believe that it could be anywhere between 424–475 °F, depending on the type of paper. 


Listen, if not compared to Orwell’s masterpiece, Fahrenheit 451 is not a bad [stand alone] novel. A bit drawn out and basic in its form, but not bad. There are a couple of ideas here and there that I could connect with and consider, but that’s about it. The novel is worth reading as it is considered an American classic, but it won’t leave you thinking about it or wanting for more.

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video 2014-06-15 21:08

Once again I purge Facebook for suggestions about how to destroy books. And once again I don't have a valid reason for wanting to destroy books. It's who I am. Lay off me!


Today's request: "Put "Fahrenheit 451" in an oven set to 452.... Let's test this...." Can do.



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text 2013-09-22 23:29
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Enna Burning - Shannon Hale


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review 2013-03-24 00:00
Burning Books - Matthew Fishburn Five studies on book burning, biblioclasm and libricide -- some of the darkest chapters in literary history:Matthew Fishburn - Burning Books (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). ISBN: 9780230553286 | 240 pages | PDFThe Nazi burning of the books in 1933 was one of the most infamous political spectacles of the twentieth century. In Berlin and all over Germany, Nazi officials and students organized elaborate parades and bonfires to mark their embrace of HitlerΓÇÖs new government. Book burning has since become the symbol of any oppressive regime, and a modern taboo. As Heinrich Heine is often quoted: "Where one burns books, one will soon burn people." This original and provocative new work examines the impact of these fires, concentrating on the years between the Nazi outrages and the publication of Ray BradburyΓÇÖs Fahrenheit 451 in 1953, a period in which book burning took hold of the popular imagination. Much more than simply the study of a single shocking event, "Burning Books" explores how deeply embedded the myths of book burning have become in our cultural and literary history, and illustrates the enduring appeal of a great cleansing bonfire.
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review 2012-08-21 00:00
Enna Burning (Books of Bayern)
Enna Burning - Shannon Hale I love this book with a deep, burning passion (pun intended). In many ways it's even better than the Goose Girl. I love that we get to see beyond the happily ever after ending, and find out what happens next!Enna is a feisty, strong-willed heroine, which is why I love her so much, but I also love the fact that we get to see her weak side. But she stays strong throughout it all which I think makes her so admirable.I love how this book focuses on Enna and Isi's friendship. They would give anything for the other, even if their life was at stake. And I think that it's beautiful. The way they interact and work together makes me smile.And who could forget about old Finn and Razo? Finn's such a sweetheart. He and Enna are complete opposites, which is why they go together so well. And then Razo is as funny as ever, always there for some comic relief!This book is just so amazing on so many levels. It's something you could read over and over again and never get tired of. It's something you can never forget.
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