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text 2019-10-14 11:03
Reading Speculative Fiction Is A Good Way To Exercise The Brain

Fiction books focus on the unexplained, on what might be – the ones that do not yet exist in the real world but on which the author can speculate in his books. This genre usually is related to, but not limited to – science, technology, time-travel, exploring space and alien life. What makes these novels great is the kind of interest that they can create in the reader’s mind through an intriguing storyline and a sharp narrative.

The world has seen numerous fiction writers, whose literary works have been converted into movies and TV series. These kinds of stories have attracted our attention for ages because the human spirit is always eager to go beyond the realm of the known facts. We search for the unknown, the mysterious, and what evolution has in stock for us. Some readers might even find fiction to be more interesting than what’s happening in the real world. One familiar feeling among science fiction book readers is that the writer bases his writings on what is almost being achieved by scientists, believing that in due time, we will discover something fantastic.

The Truth is, space and extra-terrestrials never fail to impress both the young and adult minds. Demographics reveal the average age of science fiction fans between 29 and 43 years. Maybe that’s on the low side. It could be higher.
Source: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2158244018780946).

The study further revealed that most readers encounter their first science fiction book by the age of 15. It seems to point out the fact that science fiction becomes even more appealing as people grow up. Of all readers canvassed, about 72% said that they were proud of the fact that they love science fiction books. Many respondents in this survey summarized what the after-effects of reading an original and good quality science fiction have done to them:

1. Helped improve their skill acquisition capabilities.
2. Helped improve their puzzle-solving aptitude.
3. Helped them keep their minds open to listening to others.

Among the excellent sci-fi book writers, there are several new fiction books that become available each day and make for some superior quality reading. Getting to know more about the books, authors, and publishers is not a difficult task today as the Internet makes it easy to get information about the new book releases.
Reading fiction books opens the readers’ mind to the world.

Source: www.goodreads.com/story/show/1152445-reading-speculative-fiction-is-a-good-way-to-exercise-the-brain
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text 2018-01-31 19:57
Reading progress update: I've read 140 out of 945 pages.
Russka: The Novel of Russia - Edward Rutherfurd

My collection of physical books is so large (upwards of 3000) that it's rare for me to get anything new in anything other than Kindle format. These days, I reserve the purchase of paper books to those that are truly special. And a bit over 100 pages into this book, I knew it would be one of those. Thus, the change in progress update format from percentage to page numbers. Onwards!

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text 2018-01-30 21:19
Reading progress update: I've read 13%.
Russka: The Novel of Russia - Edward Rutherfurd

Almost done with the second section (Ivanushka's story). I've loved this part; it felt very "Dostoyevskian."

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text 2018-01-23 13:23
Russka: The Novel of Russia - Edward Rutherfurd

I probably won't be able to finish this before the end of the month (I started this book club pick just a few days ago, and I'm a slow reader), but I'll definitely finish it. I'm on the second chapter/story, and so far have really been enjoying the combination of fiction and geography/history lessons. Both aspects of this book flow smoothly, so it never feels pedantic.

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review 2018-01-21 06:40
A Personal Semi-Autobiography of Anna Kavan In A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Future Science Fiction Novel
Ice - ICE -

Post-apocalyptic dystopian stories are some thing I enjoy most. When I pick up Ice, it was a read I never thought I would enjoy, mainly because the setting is a character itself. While the story revolves around narrator who is in love with a girl that is pale as ice and hair that is silvery that it sparkles when she turns her head, its a story of love that is personal to the author herself - Anna Kavan.

 

The world is ending and ice is forming in almost every where. As the world is near frozen, one man travels from place to place to seek out a girl, held mysterious captive by a man known as the 'warden'. Where society on the brink of self-destruction and no government officials to control the chaos, the man had to travel through harsh ice and snow to save a girl who hardly knows him.

 

There is so much to enjoy in this book. Its my first time I heard about Anna Kavan (a pseudonym she use from one of her book characters; her real name is Helen Emily Woods) and when I pick up this book, it was just the theme I was looking for to read. I never knew that Ice was also a personal journey of her life experiences. Yes, there are some autobiography elements of her life in this book, one that truly shares the deepest depths of her unhappy life. As it may be weird in reading, this is a science fiction novel that truly has a unique voice. For me, this is by far one of my favorite reads this year.

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