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review 2018-02-09 06:25
If we had all of these lessons years ago, how can we still be so stupid?
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

The catch-up book club has got me hopping on books I should have read years ago or did read years ago and never really thought about. This seems to be one of two books my high school self just flat-out LIED about reading. I'm horrified. I have no idea why I didn't read this one, though I now completely understand why I didn't read Wuthering Heights.


"-- for how many people did you know who refracted your own light to you? People were more often – he searched for a simile, found one in his work – torches, blazing away until they whiffed out."  –  Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

There's no point in reviewing this for the most book savvy crowd on earth, so I'll point out that my edition looks different (even though I used the ISBN to look up) and is the 60th anniversary edition. 


It's twice the pages of my other copy because every note ever made regarding Fahrenheit 451 is added to the afterward. There are some great bits to be found here, including a truly whiny screed from Bradbury. He had a right to be upset because at the moment he wrote it, the book was being re-published (again) **to add in all the parts that had progressively been censored out through the years** and which he'd been getting letters from high school students about. The students appreciated the irony of his own publishing house censoring a book about censorship. He appreciated it less, I think it's safe to say.


The best part of this edition is Neil Gaiman's introduction. It helped me understand the treatment and roles of the women in this book, which I was far less sympathetic to before I read and reread Gaiman's words.


Sci-fi first turned me off as a kid in the 1970s. I think this was because most of it contained idiotic women and heroic, if also idiotic, men who always "won." The women over at GR are very angry at Bradbury, but I am not completely sold on the idea that he was just a complete misogynist. I reacted at first to the treatment of women by asking "what am I missing? clearly this had to be purposeful. This is nearly slapstick." I was told, "no, he's just a chauvinist pig." I don't buy that, but it took me a while to find the nuances and temper my own reactions.


I may have gotten overly generous at one point when I wondered how to give it more than 5 stars. Overall this is yet another book that feels before its time in some ways, enormously prescient in others and makes me worry for the US in particular at this moment, but the world more broadly too. If we had all of these lessons years ago, how can we still be so stupid?


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text 2017-10-21 14:00
#30DaysofReadathon - Day 30 through 20
Public Secrets - Nora Roberts
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Vision Vol. 2: Little Better Than a Beast - Tom King,Michael Walsh
An Encounter at Hyde Park - Ava Stone,Deb Marlowe,Claudia Dain,Karen Hawkins
Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia - Wade Von Grawbadger,Dave Stewart,Greg Rucka,J.G. Jones
A Slight Miscalculation: A Half Moon House Short Story (Half Moon House Series Book 3) - Deb Marlowe
The Christmas Child (Love Inspired - Linda Goodnight
Blue Dahlia - Nora Roberts

I bombed out on doing this part of the Dewey Read-a-thon. I just don't do well with daily challenge prompts. So I figured I group them in tens and make three posts.


Day 30 Favorite Book - Public Secrets by Nora Roberts


Day 29 Short Book - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


Day 28 Red - Vision, Volume 2: Little Better Than a Beast by Tom King et al


Day 27 Snacks - Pretzels for salty snack, as they are not greasy like potato chips but have the same crunch factor. Starbucks' London Fog (venti, cause go big or go home) for sweet.


Day 26 Short Stories - An Encounter at Hyde Park by Various Authors


Day 25 Comics craze - Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka et al


Day 24 Drinks - My newest favorite drink is Kraken Black Spice Rum and Coca-Cola. All time drink is still a cuppa tea.


Day 23 Space - A Slight Miscalculation by Deb Marlowe


Day 22 Cozy - The Christmas Child by Linda Goodnight


Day 21 Blue - Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts



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review 2017-08-05 00:00
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury I didn't read this in school or study all the meanings behind it so I'm sure I missed a lot. I think I get that it's against book burning and focusing so much on entertaining like tv that we miss the wisdom in life. People often become kind of like sheep and just follow instead of educating themselves. I think it's a super smart book, and I can definitely see why it is so popular. Even though I do think it should be read, it didn't hold my attention so well. I read it just because it's one of those that must be read.
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review 2017-06-12 00:00
Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks
Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks - Annie Spence Dear Annie,
You have saved me from my book slump. You understand what it’s like to dedicate your life to the library, and have infused your pseudo-literary-memoir with so much humor and relatability that this Midwestern library worker wonders whether she might have crossed paths with you at a workshop or on Twitter. (I’m pretty sure we order the same drinks at the bar.) I want to share your witticisms with my bibliophile friends, especially those who admit we’re all snobs but still can’t get enough of our favorite fanfiction tropes. Thanks to you, my TBR list has grown. I’m grateful, but I may not forgive you for that.
Let’s be friends,
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text 2017-05-15 18:31
I Just Can't Believe It!
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

My daughter just came home from work and asked me where our English copy of Fahrenheit 451 is. After much perusing of bookshelves, both physical and virtual, head-scratching and rummaging-in-disbelief I have come to the conclusion that WE DON'T HAVE A COPY...oh no! German copy? Yes. Kindle copy? Yes. But an actual physical copy in English of the book that got me well and truly hooked on Ray Bradbury? Nope! I am really having trouble believing this but there you have it, I'm a failure. 

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