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Review: The Lathe of Heaven

The Lathe of Heaven

The Lathe of Heaven
By Ursula K. Le Guin
Scribner Book Company, 9781416556961,  May 2008, 184pp.

The Short of It:

Even though this book was originally published in 1971, it still possesses a futuristic feel.

The Rest of It:

In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George’s dreams for his own purposes. — From the publisher.

This was a fascinating read even though I’m pretty sure some of it went right over my head. For a short book, it certainly packs a punch and gets right into George’s head. His dreams have the power to change reality, which is why he so desperately wants to stop dreaming, but once Dr. Haber realizes what’s in front of him he takes advantage of the situation. He implants dream “suggestions”  into George’s mind but to George, everything is very literal so the end result is not always what the doctor had in mind.

People die or cease to exist. They come back. Aliens can’t communicate. Then they can, but only after they become turtles. Check out that cover. Turtles!

This is a crazy book but I could easily read it again because there’s so much I missed the first time around. The book club I belong to discussed it last week and it was a good discussion. Apparently, it was also made into a movie. Has anyone read the book or seen the movie?

Source: Borrowed
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Review: Bird Box

Bird Box

Bird Box
By Josh Malerman
Ecco Press, 9780062259660, February 2015, 272pp.

The Short of It:

Tense, and absolutely riveting.

The Rest of It:

I don’t know where I was when this book first came out a couple of years ago but I am so glad I finally discovered it.

The world has changed. There are monsters. If you see these creatures with the naked eye or even through a lens of any kind, you instantly go stark raving mad and kill yourself. How does one survive such a world? By living behind a blindfold for the rest of your life.

Now add children.

Now add animals.

Now add people who buck the system and want to “test” the different theories out on their own even though they’ve been warned that the outcome will not be good.

Food is running out. Potable water is an issue as well. As these people live behind blindfolds, these creatures live among them. They stand over them. They toy with them. They try to lure them out of darkness.

This is a terrifying world and I loved every tense moment. I picked this up for the RIP Challenge but it is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Have you read it? If you love “end of the world” type stories but also love a good, suspenseful tale, then I beg you to run out and find a copy. Go. Right now.

Source: Borrowed
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