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Aldous Huxley – Island Book Review

I found this book in my sci-fi pile. Written in 1962 and possibly the last book by Aldous Huxley, Island is a far cry from Brave New World.
It tries to mix Buddhism and English Colonialism and philosophy into a stew that just doesn’t taste good. It’s too contrived and the subject at hand is an utopia in the form of the Palanese society – who embrace modern science and technology to improve medicine and nutrition, but have rejected widespread industrialization.

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Battle Royale – Koushun Takami Book Review

I read this book when it first came out in 2010 following the success of the manga with the same name. I read the manga and I read the book an I even watched the crappy movie adaptation. I loved it all. It’s got the three key elements that make a book interesting. Sex, crime, rock&roll. And also an oppressing government trying to kill everyone in a battle to the death. Way before the Hunger Games and the capitol, way before Highlander (where there can be only one) and waaay before Fortnite, a battle to the last person standing enthralled the nation. And this year, the games had previous year’s winner amongst the students.