Book #2 of 2008! Done!!
This book was much more eerie than War of the Worlds. This one tread too dangerously what could actually happen in this era. Although this book was written as a commentary on Evolution, with half man, half beast creatures roaming on a deserted island, it can also be a commentary on stem-cell research and cloning.
I’m not against scientific advances, I hope I get to see more revolutional scientific breakthroughs in my lifetime. I just wonder and worry at the greed and ego that comes along with it. You are, in a sense playing God, which is what Dr. Moreau was to his Beast People. He deified himself to their simple minds, and you could even see a transformation of the narrator, from innocent observer, to almost falling into the same mind-frame of Moreau when trying to control and rule over the Beast People.
I’ll think I’ll take a break from Sci-fi books for a while. Between reading two HG Wells novels at a time and having mini-marathons of Supernatural each night, I don’t want to numb my sense and appeal to the surreal.
Next book on my list is The Liar’s Club, which I am adamant to finish. And I think I’ll pick up where I left off on Blankets.
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I’m reading both War of the Worlds and The Island of Dr. Moreau at the same time, and I’ve pretty much neglected The Liar’s Club because I think I lost my book.
Its interesting reading two HG Wells books at the same time. They are so different from each other, but so similar too. HG Wells was such a revolutionary thinker in the sci-fi world, like Phillip K. Dick. The Island of Dr. Moreau was written as commentary on Darwin’s theory of evolution, but read in the context of today’s world and scientific advancement, it could be seen as commentary on cloning and humans messing around with nature instead of just letting things be as they are.
In both books, there is unanswered question of humanity. What is humanity? What is morality? Do the two have anything to do with each other? In War of the Worlds, Wells wrote “What good is religion if it collapses under calamity?” This line made me stop and think. So many times, God is present when life is going well, but when things get shakey, then thoughts shift to “God deserted us”. If being human is about survival, then faith and morality are necessary for survival, but is having blind hope better than blind faith?
- War of theWorlds: HG Wells
- Island of Dr. Moreau: HG Wells
- The Liar’s Club: Mary Karr
I’m on a mission to read 100 books before the year is over. I’m hoping that about a quarter of that amount will come from my own bookshelf of unread books…but it doesn’t seem very likely. I’m also delving through this list of 1001 books to read before you die from this website: