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Book #98: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Wow. Wow, wow, WOW.

I’m not entirely sure what I just read. My overwhelming first impression is Arthur C. Clarke > Isaac Asimov. By like ten billion. WOW.

Believe it or not, I haven’t seen the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and while I’ve picked up a bit on the general story just from existing in the world and hearing pop culture references, I didn’t really know too much about it. All I’d really heard about was that HAL went crazy and tried to take over the ship and that then the end was mind-blowing and no one really understood it.

I sort of thought that HAL was really the only plot. And I figured that the ending of the book couldn’t possibly be hard to understand. After all, words are easier to understand than when movies get all artsy and abstract. Unless, of course, you’re reading Ulysses, in which case nevermind. But I digress.

To be honest, I’ve written and rewritten this post several times over the course of about four days. I’d love to say more about 2001, but I’m just having trouble processing it and finding anything to say about it. It was so crazy and I’m not quite sure what happened at the end. I want to talk about it but I dont’ know how to put it into words.

This book was just so different from what I was expecting. The whole thing was also so well-done and so well-written and well-executed and just so different from anything I’ve ever read before that I’m still processing and trying to react to it. I think I might need to read it at least one more time to try and make sense of it. I also want to read the sequels, too.

I guess this is all I’m really going to say about 2001 for now, because whenever I try to think about it or formulate anything resembling an intelligent, coherent thought about it, my brain turns to mush. I will say that this is going to be one of those books I keep going back to and re-reading. I’m also definitely going to watch the movie. Someday I will figure it out.

Rating: *****
Up Next: Embers

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Book #18: Foundation

I get to step into the sci-fi world again! I’m actually super excited about this.

Foundation is my first Asimov, too. I don’t have a lot of expectations for this book other than I expect it to be FREAKING AMAZING. Or at least pretty good.

Now that I know that I like reading science fiction almost as much as I enjoy watching it, I’m less nervous about approaching books like this. This is one of the things that I hoped would come of this project. I tried out a genre I wouldn’t normally read and discovered I like it!

Anyway, from what I’ve read about Foundation it sounds like the plot is going to be suspiciously similar to the fall of the Roman Empire. I guess since the book was first published in 1951, that is to be expected. Maybe I’m wrong about this, but it seems like this “struggle” to keep society afloat against “barbarians” seems just a bit familiar.

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