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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Listopia: Best of Finnish Fiction

“You must go on a long journey before you can really find out how wonderful home is.”
~Tove Jansson, Comet in Moominland

Moikka! I could not help but check out the list on Finnish fiction on Goodreads. Check out the Top 25 list below.

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Books read in 2016

Random book. Photo: Daniel Wehner (CC BY 2.0)
Random book. Photo: Daniel Wehner (CC BY 2.0)
The book year of 2016

2016 was pretty productive in terms of the quantitative as well as qualitative aspect of reading. As of 31 December 2016, I read altogether 52 books, amounting to over 10,000 pages. Below you’ll find a listing of some of the novels, short stories and other books I read. Most of the non-fictional works that I had the pleasure of reading are not included.

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Books to read in the future

Pile of Books. Photo: Raoul Luoar (CC BY 2.0)
Pile of Books. Photo: Raoul Luoar (CC BY 2.0)

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Don’t you think that sometimes there isn’t enough time to read? That you’d like to leave everything else aside and only read your life away. No? Well, in that case have fun doing whatever you’ll be doing instead of reading 🙂

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Music year of 2016

Say No To Pop! Painting and photo: fiktiivinenstina
Say No To Pop! Painting and photo: fictivestina
Can You Feel It?

This is actually not a trick question but the title of one of my favorite songs I’ve been listening to in the past few years. The song has enough funk about it and it brings back great memories from Kenya. I remember I was driving through the city center of Nairobi with a friend of mine a few years ago and we were listening to Next Stop … Soweto Vol. 2: Soultown. R&B, Funk & Psych Sounds From The Townships 1969-1976.

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Kulttuurikohteet 2016

Heippa,

toukokuussa tein yhden elämäni parhaista hankinnoista – ostin museokortin. Korttia mainostetaan “vuoden mittaisena kulttuurimatkana” ja sitä se tosiaan on ollutkin. Kulttuuriaddiktio on taattu!

Alla listausta kronologisessa järjestyksessä erilaisista kulttuurikohteista – näyttelyistä, konserteista ja teatteriesityksistä. Ensi vuonna on sitten uudet kujeet uusine kohteineen. Tammikuun lopussa onkin vuorossa Sonata Arctican keikka The Circuksessa ja toukokuussa 2017 KISS:in konsertti.

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My Top 30 Books

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

On the topic of books, I never seem to have gotten over Albert Camus’ L’Étranger/The Stranger/The Outsider (1942). It was one of the first books that made me really think about what it means to be a human. The book was a compulsory read during those educating years at high school. All the signs were there to hate the book – all things mandatory made one automatically to be hesitant and mostly skeptical. But luckily there are exceptions to the rule.

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