I’ve been in a very media consuming frenzy the past few weeks. Though ostensibly what I’ve been reading/watching are good quality pieces:
Attack on Titan: manga arc that gets more complex with a sinister conspiracy that’s being revealed about the titans
Foundation Trilogy: Asimov classic that I really enjoyed, probably because he goes through the effort of revealing how the plans unfurl, instead of leaving you guessing. The second/third books reminded me of the Second Sons Trilogy in the plot machinations.
Childhood’s End: I was sort of dissatisfied after finishing, but I think given a couple of days, I like the story more and more. Given how old it is, it’s amazing that it subverts the trope of the next step of human evolution - what if it’s not the grand enlightenment we think it is, and instead this foreign and jarring transition?
Do Android Dream of Electric Sleep: Really not that closely related to Bladerunner in all the nuances. Though I really like the mood organ, and the weird obsession with live animals. The movie I think does a better job of posing the question about what it means to be human, which also hearkens back to Ghost in the Shell.
Klingsor’s Last Summer: I’m a huge Hesse fan but I think these three stories need to be appreciated after reading some of his other stuff. The last two: Klein and Wagner; and Klingsor’s Last Summer, really illustrate his almost artistic madness?
The Magician’s Land: Absolutely devoured this over a day and a night. Great ending to the trilogy, and I think his writing improved, which also reflected in a growth of the main characters. It was a nice tie up to the story, though the ending seemed a bit rushed.
I know these are horrible characterizations, but I’m on the lookout for more SF classics to go through. I just feel like I’m such a consumerist even though these are the type of things that would ‘expand your mind’. Probably because I just sit in bed and read now that I can’t run.