I love to read, and even when I’m reading, I tend to find something else I want to read, which can put one in a bit of a backlog. This past week I was away on vacation, whether or not it was a deserved vacation is a completely different story. But while away, I had a lot of time to read a book or 3.
Last time I spoke to you all, I was talking about my Kobo and Kindle applications and the books I was supposed to be reading on them. Currently loaded on the Kindle is “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and just finised on the Kobo is “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. Two very fine books
As I just finished “Brave New World,” I must say it’s a pretty interesting view of the future, and a friend of mine said he found it to be more realistic a depiction than George Orwell’s “1984.” I disagree. I find both to have certain merits, and moreso based on the times they were written in, but both tend to look at the world from a very region-centric perspective. Both are British novels, they both refer to the UK as the world power. There was a time when this was true, but at the moment, it’s not quite so, and even those Americans who claim that theirs is the “true world power” may be deluding themselves. Right at present the only truly powerful world power is China, no matter how much you may dislike this, it’s true. Of course there’s a lot we don’t know about China, so we tend to be seeing only what they want us to see. But that is probably why I feel Orwell’s 1984 is more realistic. If China continues on it’s path, it may well become the global influencer, and as it’s got a whole lot of control over it’s populace, it may be considered Orwellian. Be that as it may, the UK still persists in it’s CCTV’s to keep an eye on everything, but tends to miss out on some things as well.
What I do like about “Brave New World” is it’s focus on what people want, and in that respect, it’s pretty darn accurate, we all want to be happy, and breeding a world of happy people could very well be possible, although we’d never understand what we’ve done until it was too late, and then we’d find ourselves amazed at what an individual could do, were he pushed hard enough. The ‘Savage’ is who we are, even though we don’t always act on our desires, they’re what truly motivates us, and it’s society that is slowly trying to influence us to accept what they deem best for us, for us to conform. Which isn’t always good.
During my vacation, I also picked up a couple of paperbacks too. I finished both “Spider Bones” by Kathy Reichs and “Templar Salvation” by Richard Khoury. I enjoyed both, but not necessarily equally.
For those who know Kathy Reichs, she’s a Forensic Anthropologist who works for the crime labs in Montreal, Québec and Charlotte, North Dakota. She written novels based on her knowledge, and experiences. The first novel was “Deja Dead” and was based in Montreal. I was immediately intrigued as I knew most of the locations mentioned in the book, and haven’t stopped them since that first one. Now “Spider Bones” is the 13th novel, and I’m believing that 13 wasn’t her lucky number. It’s the shortest book of the lot, and seems to be a bit less “filling” than the rest. It may be that her time is more taken up by the television series based on a younger Temperance Brennan (“Bones” on Fox,) but this book was the least enjoyable of her collection. And yes, I do have them all. The characters of the book are known to her readers, but they seemed somewhat lifeless for the most part and kinda left me flat. I hate to say anything bad about any book, because of my addiction to reading, but I’m hoping her next book, “Flash and Bones” will be a redemption for me.
“Templar Salvation” is the sequal to “The Last Templar” and features the same main characters on the pursuit of lost Templar treasure, which as in the first book, is irrevocably lost to the Mediterranean sea, or is it?
I really enjoyed “The Last Templar,” it was a fun read and had a lot of interesting twists and turns. It came out around the time that “The DaVinci Code” came out, and is sometimes compared to that novel, but although both seem to deal with Templarism in some respects, they are quite different stories. And “Templar Salvation” tells us the tale of the supposed treasure trove of ‘codices’ that would put the Templars back on the top as a band of Warrior Monks. Unfortunately for me, the reach seemed a little far to really catch on two. Where “The Last Templar” linked it’s clues together well with good deduction and path following, “Templar Salvation” used a few too many “leaps of faith” for me. It was still a good book, but not as good as the first. And the closing bit just seems a bit to happy to suit the end of the last novel.
Sorry for taking so much of your time, hopefully next week I’ll have finished “The Scarlet Letter” and I’ll let you know what I think.