Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Books I've read recently

The Door Into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein

An intriguing story of suspended animation and time travel written in a wonderfully curious and sardonic tone. Recommended, 7/10.

The Man From Beyond and other stories by John Wyndham

Stories of aliens ship-wrecked on earth, space travel, alternate history, time-travelling tourists, insidious planet-threatening red goo, alien/human misunderstanding, occult horror and musings on the whereabouts of the souls of those cryogenically frozen. I LOVE John Wyndham! Some stories are stronger than others but as a whole, this is a solid compilation. Recommended, 7/10.
The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe

A simple yet bizarre story of a man trapped at the bottom of a sandpit with it's female resident. A genuinely chilling and perfectly constructed existential horror. Recommended, 9/10.
Tomorrow by Philip Wylie.

A story describing the response of two small American cities to the threat and eventuality of nuclear attack. Major flaws in character development and overall tone. Not recommended 4/10.