Classics

Reviews of books in this genre:

Children of Dune by

I picked up the miniseries that stars James McAvoy on DVD a while back and was suitably lost in the story, and the low production value. I was hoping this would help make sense of it. This was the final part of the three-book collection I had. As the name suggests, it follows the children – Read the rest of this review

Dune Messiah by

This is a short entry compared to the others in the trilogy. It also involves a lot more navel-gazing than the first. Gone are the battles, the fighting and the grand visions. They’re replaced with plots, intrigue and battles of conscience. Having created an empire, set a galaxy-wide jihad in motion and been deified by – Read the rest of this review

Letters to a Young Poet by

This is a collection of letters from Bohemian poet Rainer Maria Rilke to Franz Kappus, a 19-year-old officer cadet at military academy. The letters were sent between 1903 and 1908. Kappus was an aspiring poet and reached out to Rilke as he was a former cadet at the same academy. He was originally looking for – Read the rest of this review

Fahrenheit 451 by

This is one of those classics that you’re supposed to read, a dystopian vision of the future that sits in the pantheon containing¬†1984, Brave New World and Slaughterhouse 5. It certainly contains a bleak vision of the future. Originally published in 1953, it has predictions of the future that seem both insightful and naive. He’s – Read the rest of this review

Ringworld by

An alien recruits three fellow travellers, two human, to visit a newly discovered structure 200 light-years from Earth. The ringworld is vast, surrounding a star it has a surface area of roughly three million Earth-sized planets. Approaching it cautiously, wary of the powerful race it must have taken to build it, they get shot down – Read the rest of this review