Review: The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

“It was a hard rain, a perpetual rain, a sweating and steaming rain; it was a mizzle, a downpour, a fountain, a whipping in the eyes, an undertow at the ankles; it was a rain to drown all rains and the memory of rains.”
~Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man

Plot summary

“The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury – a collection of tales that breathe and move, animated by sharp, intaken breath and flexing muscle. Here are eighteen startling visions of humankind’s destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin – visions as keen as the tattooist’s needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body.

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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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Review: Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

“The people who live in any generation do much, he realized, either to create or to solve the problems for the people who come in the generations later.”
~George R. Stewart, Earth Abides

Plot summary

“A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he’d either dreaded or hoped for.” More on Goodreads

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Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
~George Orwell, Animal Farm

Plot summary

“One night on an English farm, Major the boar recounts his vision of a utopia where his fellow creatures own the land along with the means of production and are no longer the slaves of humans.

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Review: The Stranger by Albert Camus

“I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn’t.”
~Albert Camus, The Stranger

Plot summary

“The title character is Meursault, an indifferent French Algerian (…). He attends his mother’s funeral. A few days later he kills an Arab man in French Algiers, who was involved in a conflict with a friend.

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Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

“What the hell does liberty mean anyhow? It’s just a word like house or table or any other word. Only it’s a special kind of word. A guy says house and he can point to a house to prove it. But a guy says come on let’s fight for liberty and he can’t show you liberty. He can’t prove the thing he is talking about so how in the hell can he be telling you to fight for it?”
~Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun

Plot summary

“After his dugout suffers a direct hit from a German shell in the last days of the Great War, 20-year-old American infantryman Joe Bonham gradually comes to in a French hospital.

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