Book 1 of 2008: Done!
A good read, although it started off really slow. Volume 2 of the book is much more interesting and delves more into the human psyche during a traumatic event like an interstellar invasion/massacre.
I hope Island of Dr. Moreau will be just as satisfying.
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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: