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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451

Cat-Napper, August 8, 2012

As a reader of novels like "Brave New World" and "Ubik," I decided to read this novel because of the subject matter and plot. Boy, did it completely blow me away! While it was published in the 1950's, "Fahrenheit 451" is frightening to read because it is still applicable to our modern society today. The thought of a society where books are illegal and television is the only way of the future is bad enough, but the underlying message hits at a much deeper level. Ray Bradbury's prose is simple, yet the nuances in its delivery are impressive, especially in the dialogue. The story is relatively short and moves at a quick speed, but I found myself slowing down because the details are very important, and I wanted to soak up every sentence. This book, while labelled science fiction/fantasy, should not be limited to readers of that genre only. It is a book of countless emotions that hit at a very human level, and that's what separates it from other novels of this nature. If you want a short and interesting novel that provokes emotion and free thinking, this is the book to read. It's my first Bradbury novel and it won't be my last.
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Stories (Vintage Classics) by Katherine Mansfield
Stories (Vintage Classics)

Cat-Napper, August 6, 2012

I have always been an avid reader, but it wasn't until earlier last year that I desired writing with more substance and literary merit as opposed to the quick reads I was consuming. I was recommended this book by my sister who knows I adore the writing of Sylvia Plath, and I decided to read the story "The Tiredness of Rosabel." This story alone was enough for me to buy my own copy. Mansfield's writing is focused and clear, yet has a poetic quality that is so engrossing to read. She often leaves the reader to think about the story after it ends instead of giving away every small detail, which makes her work even more interesting. The beauty of Mansfield's writing, lastly, is that it not only touches on such human emotions (i.e. "The Garden Party" and "The Stranger," to name a few) but that it's written so realistically to how people experience real life. If you enjoy poetic prose and/or read Sylvia Plath, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, etc. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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