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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations please
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:26 pm 
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I've pondered getting The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Attwood, but something keeps putting me off - I'm not sure what exactly, maybe that it seems a bit bleak?? Has anyone read that?

I've just read the blurb and some reviews for Oryx and Crake and feel the same, though the reviews are good. Maybe I should give them a go....


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations please
PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 11:58 pm 
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I have read the Handmaids Tale. Very sad and rather bleak, but nevertheless a powerful and fascinating book. Reading the latest news on the mid-terms in the States also makes me wonder whether it is rather prophetic.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:19 pm 
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"Handmaids Tale" is bleak, but definitely worth a read.
The "MaddAddam Trilogy" - of which Oryx and Crake is the first book - is also excellent, if you like dystopian tales with an environmental slant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oryx_and_Crake

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Atwood continued to write the novel through the summer of 2001 while visiting the Arctic North, witnessing global warming's effect on the region. However, shaken by the September 11 attacks, she stopped writing for a few weeks in the autumn, saying, "It's deeply unsettling when you're writing about a fictional catastrophe and then a real one happens".[9] However, with the looming questions of the end, Atwood finished the novel for release in 2003. These questions in Oryx and Crake, Atwood explained, are "simply, What if we continue down the road we're already on? How slippery is the slope? What are our saving graces? Who's got the will to stop us?"

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations please
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:35 pm 
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Meant to mention The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Windup_Girl

However please read the description of the plot carefully as the portrayal of the Emiko character has caused controversy.

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The novel was named as the ninth best fiction book of 2009 by TIME magazine,and as the best science fiction book of the year in the Reference and User Services Association's 2010 Reading List.This book is a 2010 Nebula Award and a 2010 Hugo Award winner (tied with The City & the City by China Miéville for the Hugo Award), both for best novel.This book also won the 2010 Compton Crook Award and the 2010 Locus Award for best first novel

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