Saturday, October 29, 2005

Snow

by Orhan Pamuk

thumbs down

I thought this would be an interesting book to read. I like to read books that take place in another time or another place. This book takes place Turkey, so I was looking forward to learning about the Turkish culture as I read.

Unfortunately, the book was so boring, I put it down halfway. I decided I didn't want to spend any more time on the book. The story is about a man who fled Turkey and lived for years in Germany. He has now returned for his mother's funeral, but also to find a bride. While back he runs into all sorts of political hoo-ha. Blah, blah, blah. Boring.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

The Rule of Four

by Ian Caldwell

thumbs up

This book isn't a thumbs up by a lot, but it was okay. It is about a college senior and his college senior friend trying to solve a Renaissance-era book's mystery. Along the way, there is a mystery on campus. Some parts of the book were more enjoyable than others, but all-in-all, in was entertaining enough.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

1984

by George Orwell

thumbs up

This book is where the phrase "Big Brother" comes from. In a time when all thoughts and actions are controlled, the proteganist of the story decides he can't take it anymore. Written in the late 1940s, it was amazing at the forethought Orwell had when writing this book, and how applicable it still is today.

How much control do we let the government/Big Brother have? When do we decide enough is enough and do something about it?