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Orwell on Broadway?

poster_1984_lrgToday, I read that George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is coming to Broadway.

Man, just think of the musical possibilities:

  • Come for the angst of Winston Smith journaling while singing “The Minitrue Blues” and “Won’t Someone Please Send My Ex-Wife to the Memory Hole?”
  • Stay for Winston and Julia’s heartfelt duet “Who Says We Can’t Discuss Goldstein’s ‘The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism’ While Carrying on an Illicit Affair in an Antique Shop?”
  • No one will remain seated for the rousing ensemble number “Two Minutes Hate”
  • You’ll alternately weep and heave during the ending Winston numbers “Heading to Room 101,” “Do It to Julia! Please!” and the finale “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Big Brother”

My October Reading List

Here’s what I’m working on for October. Close readers will notice that some of my September books are still on the list.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

The Waking Dreamer by J.E. Alexander

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Lungs Full of Noise by Tessa Mallas

A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon

Thank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Parasite by Mira Grant

The Delphi Room by Melia McClure

The Stench of Honolulu by Jack Handey

Unsoul’d by Barry Lyga

The Incrementalists by Steven Brust

The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice

Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

Duma Key by Stephen King


My September Reading List

So here’s what I’m working on right now. What are you reading?

John Connolly’s The Gates

William Meikle’s The Hole

John Connolly’s The Infernals

Connie Willis’ Remake

Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls

Tessa Mellas’ Lungs Full of Noise

Kay Kenyon’s A Thousand Perfect Things

Mir Grant’s Parasite

Melia McClure’s The Delphi Room


Good Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi: A Canticle for Leibowitz

If you’ve not read Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz, you should do so. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a science fiction fan or someone who’s on the fence about genre fiction. In fact, if you are on the fence, this could be the one to make you fall off.

This is one of the best sci-fi novels out there, on top of being an excellent post-apocalyptic book from a time when they weren’t as hip and cool as they are now. Don’t get me wrong, though. They were still hip.

Here’s a nifty A Canticle for Leibowitz page at Worlds Without End with reviews, an excerpt, a history of the book’s publication, and pictures of some of the novel’s truly amazing covers (the cover included here is one of my favorites).

Link here.

What I’m Reading This Week: Banks, Holt, and Others

This week’s reading: Finish Iain M. Banks’ Consider Phlebas, move on to Tom Holt’s Doughnut,  and try to work in a bit of the new Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Stephen King’s Under the Dome: Coming to a Small(er) Screen Near You

I’m sort of looking forward to Stephen King’s Under the Dome, which begins tonight on CBS. The book was good, though it was nowhere close to any of King’s best works. It had a solid story, and the miniseries features some actors I like, most notably Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris.

My main concern is that screen adaptations of King’s works don’t have the best track records, the stories suffer, and they almost always end up with bad endings. Even a notable exception, The Stand, also a miniseries and a a better effort than most, ended up with a shallow last act. The novel Under the Dome, in my opinion, had a not-so-great ending anyway, so we’ll see how that pans out.

Under-the-Dome-coverI’ll admit, though, that I read Under the Dome between the last installment of The Dark Tower series and 11/22/63–two exceptional novels, by any standards–so it’s very possible that Under the Dome suffered somewhat by comparison.

At any rate, I’ll be watching this. Or at least I’ll be DVRing and watching at a convenient time. Probably late at night.