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Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones! The "anti-Harry Potter," set at a boarding school in a world where magic is common but forbidden and punishable by death. (See readalong on ECBR for more info.)

Liz F

I can certainly recommend Fatherland - Robert Harris is superb - but apart from 1984 which I read at school, I haven't read any of the others (although I have a couple of the Margaret Atwood books you mention)
The Connie Willis is intriguing - I had just started reading one of her earlier books which involved researchers going back to WW2, when it had to go back to the library and I ended up buying a copy because I really wanted to read on but of course haven't done so (story of my life!)

Byrd

Definitely the Jo Walton trilogy! The best part is they are each standalone books so if you get distracted and leave big gaps between reading them, it won't matter much. But start with Farthing anyway.

cath

Would the Canopus in Argos Archives, by Doris Lessing fall in this category you think? I have all five of the series, as lovely hardbacks and with great black and white covers. But unread. Again that dreadful word. Next year? Who knows..

Janet

I so wanted to like Oryx and Crake, but I did not, couldn't finish it, just flat quit. Loved Fahrenheit 451. Brave New World and Doomsday.

Stefanie

I've read a number of the books on your list and liked them all. Plot Against America is the only Roth I have read so I don't think you need to worry about having not read him before and jumping into that one. And Doomsday book is most excellent. I've been meaning to read Clockwork Orange for ages. For a utopia book, you might want to look into Lost Horizon by James Hilton, it's about Shangri-la! :)

Danielle

I have added it to my wishlist! While I actually enjoyed the Harry Potter books, I am not especially fanatical about them and am always happy to add more potentially good reads to my list! Thanks for the heads up and I will take a look at your readalong!--Thanks!

Danielle

I have had a copy of Fatherland for longer than I care to admit! It is one of those 'mean to' read books, and I think I really need to do it now. I am also hoping to rad his other book Enigma! I read 1984 so long ago that I no longer remember anything (other than Big Brother) about the story. I know which Connie Willis book you are talking about--the first of the three (there are three not just two, right?) sits in my online shopping cart as a matter of fact. I have had it checked out from the library, but as you see I think the same as you--better to buy a copy...

Danielle

I love the sound of these books--so glad you have left this comment. I might pick up the first over the break--depending on whether I finish the Sansom first.

Danielle

Hi Cath--I have added this to my reading wishlist--it sounds really good! I think it would fit the list perfectly. I have never read any Lessing by the way. As they seem to be OOP I would say your copies were a wise investment even if you have not yet read them. I can relate....Maybe next year indeed!

Danielle

Well, we all have books like that. Of late I know I certainly do. The beauty of it all is there are always a mass of books just around the corner to choose from. I am going to listen to Fahrenheit 451 over the upcoming break again! I really do need to read Brave New World (one of those books I constantly pick up and then set down again). Connie Willis is another author I really want to try!

Danielle

Hmm. Must go pull my copy of the Roth from the shelf. I really do think I need to get around to reading him. I have heard nothing but good things about Connie Willis and she is also high on my list. Maybe (dare I say this...) we could read A Clockwork Orange together sometime? Now that would be quite something different from Hardy, eh?! I was hoping someone would suggest a nice utopian story--I have heard of Hilton, but now will have to go look it up properly. Thanks for the suggestions.

Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

Nothing against Harry Potter -- it's just interesting to see another view of the "magical boarding school" trope. Plus, I think it's unusual to find a dystopian novel which is also hilarious. I do hope you like it (and any others by the brilliant DWJ you might pick up).

Danielle

It *is* interesting to see how other authors write about similar topics--especially if you like a particular topic and want to read more! I swear I have read something by DWJ, though for the life of me I can't remember what and she looks like a very prolific writer going by her list of books on Amazon. I like the idea of reading a dystopian novel that is humorous!

Liz F

The library has Blackout plus three other books by Connie Willis - one of which is All Clear which I am guessing is the sequel. The others are To Say Nothing of the Dog and Doomsday Book which I have now requested as the premise intrigues me.
Had the opportunity to get the Jo Walton trilogy for such a good price that it would have been rude not to buy them so now waiting for them to arrive. So much for saying no more books!

Caroline

I'd call some of these post-apocalyptic but sme are certainly dystopian. I really want to read the Atwood trilogy and the Handmade's Tale. I would have thought the latter is dystopian and the trilogy post-apocalyptic but maybe i'm wrong. It doesn't matter as I'm sure they are very good.

litlove

Danielle, you are the Queen of Lists and this is an excellent one. Oh dear - more for the TBR I fear! :-)

Stefanie

That would be fun to read Clockwork Orange together! Something completely different!

Danielle

Cool! I was going to email you soon (replyto your email) and ask if there was something new you would want to read along with me--I would love to read AClockwork Orange--quite somethingdifferent thanHardy! Maybe after theholiday or during break? I will dig around for my copy. Just let me know when the time is good for you! :)


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Danielle

now, of course, I want Blackout and the sequel but I will wait for after Christmas and hope for a gift card. It isn't as though I will read it right now anyway.... I have To Say Nothing of the Dog, which I started to read and was enjoying but let languish and now will need to begin again. I do have the Doomsday Book as well. Did you get the Jo Walton trilogy from The Book People (I have ordered from them once--they do great sets!!!). I had to have them but bought them from Amazon a while back. They look really good, don't they?!

Danielle

I do love a good list. I can't help myself. Maybe someday I will put together my own book of lists. Now wouldn't that be fun? Not especially original but people are always looking for book suggestions, right?!

Danielle

I am sure I am using the wrong term for the wrong books--must look them up now. I am not sure what the different between dystopian and post-apocalyptic are since they seem to be fairly close--normal life coming to an end due to some catastrophe and both are dark. I have the first two of the Atwood trilogy and I think the third book only recently came out in paper. I think you are right and they are very good indeed, if dark!

Liz F

The Book People's sets have proved a terrible temptation to me over the last year or so both for myself and the grandchildren but they are just too good to ignore.
I have come to the conclusion that the best thing is to just not even look at the site - that way I can't be tempted! Theoretically!

Caroline

Post apocalyptic is more related to nature, while dystopian is more political. Does that make sense?
A plague/earthquake/war would lead to a post-apocalyptic society that could - later - turn into dystopia.
Look at this list. I saw it on Things Mean a Lot.
It's great
http://www.embowman.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/IsItDystopia_flowchart.jpg

Danielle

Actually that makes a lot of sense now that I think of it. Thanks for that link--Im going toprint it ou forreference. As weird as it might sound I kind of like this genre. It can be a little dark, but interesting to think about.


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Danielle

I have ordered from them once and the books came in one of those coolUK mail sacks that are closed with a clipon the top. I think I still have the bag--not sure why. They are nicely discounted but with the cost of postage I basically broke even. It was just so cool to have matching sets of the books--all on my book piles as yet unread. The story of my life. But they give me pleasure just looking at them! :) Oh, and I dontdarego back at themoment either.


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