The past two years were no lesser than a Sci-fi drama mixed with Reality TV and spiced up by dark comedy. This year started with a promise: the beginning of the end of the pandemic, however, with the impacts of the Global pandemic unfolding, what we feel today is best described by Albert Camus: “Hostile to the past, impatient of the present, and cheated of the future”. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that we have to refrain ourself from reading Novels, right?
With reading every chapter of Project Hail Mary, it was effortlessly ascending to my top novel books. Andy Weir, a software developer veteran, proved he is a Sci-Fi master with great ideas and a tight grip on the science of space travel, physics, and biology, or at least he has a long email list of (more than 1200? )scientists whom he can get advice on scientific subjects. The story is about a bromance and teaming up of the protagonist (a human scientist) and an alien (a non-organic alien!), to solve the mystery of an apocalyptic issue threatening the life on their planets.
The Plague: I guess there is no need to say why I read this book. Albert Camus masterfully shows off his writing skills in this thrilling book. One of my notes on this book was the role of the book title in its narrative. The name of the book is “The Plague” which is very self-descriptive, and the book starts with extremely sick rats suddenly showing up on the streets of the city, and Albert as the quintessential writer he is, makes sure no one pays attention to them. This drive the reader to tear apart the book and turn the pages faster at the same time.
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars: Christopher Paolini did a good job in flourishing ideas and creating many breath-taking dramatic scenes in this book. It seems that the book is the first of a series, and I look forward to read the rest.
“When Nietzsche Wept” by Irvin Yalom, is an example of a good novel that you expect from a psychiatrist. An ingenious of Yalom was to use historic figures (just their name and probably their real-life characteristics) in the book to tell his stories and teach lessons. A classic, fictional story of a friendship between two strong characters, Josef Breuer and Friedrich Nietzsche who enter into this friendship/contract for their own interest, however, ends up helping each other to face and overcome their deep-buried lust, fears, and dreams. As Yalom says, “fears are like stars, always there, but obscured by the glare of daylight”. One of my major notes was how the details of our thought & dreams, even the rules & characters of the dream’\s world influence our personality.
Klara and the Sun by Kazu Ishiguro, is a story about a humanoid robot, which is, of course, one of a kind, and its production is discontinued who has a strong affection for her human friend. The main story is good and touching, however, Ishiguro mind-numbingly is insisting on the elaborate description of every scene, although most of the time they were very unrelated to the main story and very ordinary (neither fiction nor futuristic). My take was that Ishiguru was trying to solidify the fact that robot is very observant. Also one may say that the robot has nothing to do, or is very bored (imagine a story of a bored robot).