While most people are going to tell you what to make this weekend in their Friday roundups, I’m going in a slightly different direction. Ok, really different because I’m recommending two books to read. I love reading, especially a good science fiction (#nerdalert), but I’ve also been known to sport some chick lit every now and again. Unfortunately, you find any here today. But if you scroll to the bottom you will find something else pretty darn exciting.. shhhh no peaking!
Lockstep by Karl Shroeder
Despite the fact that the main character is only 17 at the time that he puts himself into cryosleep due to the fact that he is lost in space, orbiting a frozen planet – I highly doubt that this book is going to in any way emulate other popular novels where the main character should still be in highschool. Toby goes to sleep believing he will sleep forever (due to the whole lost in space thing) only to awaken 14,000 years later to discover that a) there is a thriving civilization on the planet below and b) it’s controlled by his family, some of whom now want to take him out because they see him as a threat to their domination. This concept is so interesting to me because apparently the society exists by people taking extended siestas in cryosleep only to awaken and live furiously for a short time before returning to their icy naps. Based on the title I’m guessing that the whole civilization lives in “lockstep” with the ruling family’s schedule. There is a short excerpt on the Amazon site which leads to believe that there is something wrong with his brother even before he becomes a dictatorial turd, but no clues as to what. I’m putting this one on my must read list.
Black Moon: A Novel by Kenneth Calhoun
I’m a huge fan of sleep – ask anyone who knows me – so the premise that 90% of the world’s population suddenly becomes an insomniac and goes insane due to lack of sleep? I’m totally there. As in, I believe it. I know that one night of poor sleep is enough to put me into angry bull in china shop mode – so I would probably be one of the crazies. The remaining 10% of the population who can still sleep have to hide it from everyone else because people will kill them.. and honestly could you blame them? (JK… sort of) The main character, Biggs, is a sleeper, while everyone else he knows, including his wife, has become a crazy insomniac. When she disappears into the world on a crazy bender he decides to go track her down only to find that the world is bat**** crazy. One person described it as a new take on the zombie apocalypse, except that the zombies aren’t dead they are just super tired. Ha! Check it out – but be warned, this one might keep you up at night.
Catching Fire – Rent to stream on Amazon
Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! I loved this movie and I’m super excited it is out on video now. JLaw is amazing and I’m pretty sure we would be best friends so I’m just going to call it now. Yeah, we’re best friends. We clearly have so much in common – we’re both good with a bow, walk red carpets, know how to hustle, know how to survive in appalachia… ok actually we have none of that in common. Oh well. This movie is still really really awesome though – they did a great job with world building and making you care about the characters. I still can’t believe that I like Lenny Kravitz as Cinna… but I do. I’m looking forward to the next flick – so this will tide me over until then!
Have I persuaded you to fill your brain with any of these suggestions? Or do you have your own? Sound off in the comments – and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter!