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State of the Books.

I’m now three months into the A Book A Month project, and so far it’s going a lot better than planned. I’ve already completed the May book, “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. So far, the quality of the books I’ve read has ranged from OK to excellent, the most engaging probably being the February‘s “The Running Man” by Stephen King.

The challenge now is to find new books to read. The recipe for reading success seems to be to pick books that are not too long. Most have been under 200 pages, although the number of pages doesn’t really matter too much if the author is able to keep me pinned. Here are a few I’m currently considering as potential reads this spring and summer:

  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick: Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” was the first book I read as part of this project, and while it wasn’t exactly amazing – you can read my review here – it didn’t scare me away from trying more books by the same author. “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” served as the primary basis for the amazing Blade Runner movie, and if it’s good enough for Ridley Scott, it’s good enough for me.
  • Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert: “Dune Messiah” is the second book in Herbert’s Dune series. Not critically acclaimed on the same level as the first book, the classic sci-fi novel “Dune“, I’m sure it’s worth the read.
  • “Nineteen Eighty-Four” by George Orwell. A true classic, regardless of genre, and a book I’ve already read once. But now is the right time for a re-read: The book is more relevant today than it ever was.
  • “Robopocalypse” by Daniel H. Wilson. What’s this madness!? A book published after the year 2000? Every novel I’ve read so far this year was originally published long before the Y2K bug scared us all, and it’s time to try something contemporary. And how can I possibly pass on a book that Stephen King calls “terrific page-turning fun”?

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  1. I think this projects is a wonderful idea! I wish I had the discipline to do something like it :)
    *applauding your efforts*

    As a hardcore dune-fan, I have this observation/warning: Dune Messiah is not very enjoyable as a stand-alone novel, not compared to Dune itself. It is very philosophic and contemplative which is great if you enjoy that kind of thing. Of course, it also gives important context and clues to the rest of the Duniverse, if you intend to read through all of the six novels.

    “Electric Sheep” was a little bit too weird for me, but I hope you’ll enjoy it – and also the rest on the list, of course!

    Happy reading!

    • So far I’m enjoying Dune Messiah. Some elements seem very familiar, perhaps I’ve read it before. Or it might be because I’ve read Dune too many times. Is there such a thing as “too many times”?

      Not sure if the project requires that much discipline, really, but thanks for the applause.

  2. There is no such thing as too much Dune! :) If you become saturated with Dune and develop blue-in-blue eyes, keep going as prescience may come next..

    Glad that you are enjoying messiah – facedancers rule! (not a spoiler)