Duerer wrote:The last book I've read was Fahrenheit 451 by Rad Bradbury. Compared to other books I had to read for school, that one was actually very good.
I never really liked the books we got assigned for school reading. They always seem to be some extremely dull examination on society's flaws (from about 30 or 40 years ago, to boot), rather than anything relevant to what's going on now. The increasing vacuousness of TV is an issue, but I think we lost the fight as soon as Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo
got on the air, whereas something like how readily we've given up freedoms for the (illusion of) security in the post 9/11 era is both relevent now and much more pressing. But that never comes up, and now I'm going off on one of rants again.
I just finished going through the Mistborn
series by Brandon Sanderson, and I really enjoyed it. It was nice to find a fantasy series where the author was willing to embrace some of the cliches of the genre, but also put his own unique spin on the concept. The best part of it is, Sanderson is going to be writing more books set on the same world, but separated by hundreds of years of time so technology and culture will advance throughout the series (he's already started working on a old-west era side novel or two), which is awesome because I love that kind of setting and plot. I've heard the next part of the series will be set in a modern day setting, following a mage SWAT team. Tell me that doesn't sound awesome!
Now, if only he'd hurry up and write those other books.....