Review: Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov

“The past believed in dates. And everyone’s life consisted of dates, giving life a rhythm and sense of gradation, as if from the eminence of a date one could look back and down, and see the past itself. A clear, comprehensible past, divided up into squares of events, lines of paths taken.”
~Andrey Kurkov, Death and the Penguin

Plot summary

“Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha, his pet penguin, for company. Although he would prefer to write short stories, he earns a living composing obituaries for a newspaper. He longs to see his work published, yet the subjects of his obituaries continue to cling to life.

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Listopia: Best Dystopian Novels and Books

“You may live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension.”
~Nikola Tesla

With The Handmaid’s Tale based on Margaret Atwood‘s novel of the same name hitting the screens, it is time to consider what other dystopian novels and stories one should read. I find dystopian novels and stories to be among my favorite genres of literature.

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Review: The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters

“Because as any writer will tell you, an IDEA for a book is like falling in love, it’s all wild emotion and headlong rush, but the ACTUAL ACT of writing a book is like building a relationship: it is joyous, slow, fragile, frustrating, exhilarating, painstaking, exhausting, worth it.”
~Ben H. Winters, The Last Policeman

Plot summary

“What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact.

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Review: Cities of the Red Night by William S. Burroughs

“Who was I? The stranger was footsteps in the snow a long time ago.”
~William S. Burroughs, Cities of the Red Night

Plot summary

“An opium addict is lost in the jungle; young men wage war against an empire of mutants; a handsome young pirate faces his execution; and the world’s population is infected with a radioactive epidemic. These stories are woven together in a single tale of mayhem and chaos.

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Review: Tale of the Forest Folk by Veikko Huovinen

Conifer cone. Photo: Public Domain
Conifer cone. Photo: Public Domain

“Miksi ne siten lisäsivät pituuttaan ja paksuuttaan, pidensivät juuriverkostoaan ja ottivat kesästä irti kaiken minkä suinkin saivat. Ne eivät kerro, niillä ei ole suuta joka sanoisi eikä kieltä jota me ymmärtäisimme.”
~Veikko Huovinen, Puukansan tarina

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Review: Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick

“Reality denied comes back to haunt.”
~Philip K. Dick, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Plot summary

“Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said grapples with many of the themes Philip K. Dick is best known for – identity, altered reality, drug use, and dystopia – in a rollicking chase story that earned the novel the John W. Campbell Award and nominations for the Hugo and Nebula.

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