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Probably every book I write about deserves to be here. That is true. But, some books get special attention. Books that usually have a huge fanbase. They are best selling books. Maybe it is because they get tv series, maybe films or a video game due to its potential. Whatever. For those books whose popularity goes beyond the world of literature we got this category, welcome the Wottareads!

What does a book need to become a Wottaread? that’s something difficult to be answer. There are many ways of becoming a wottaread, each so different from the others, and even so, despite such many ways becoming a Wottaread is not an easy feat. Not at all.

 

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Five classic novels that will blow your mind

There are those books we enjoy. Maybe because its main character was inspiring or because the plot was intriguing and made you turn pages like crazy. There are so many reasons we love books, isn’t it? But aside from loving them, there are those books which give you something different. You know that feeling right?

I mean those books that, despite having a fascinating plot, are able to blow your mind. These books are really powerful because they won’t only entertain you but they Will make you think and reflect. These books remind us how Little we know, and how much reading can provide us:  different insights, new concepts, and ideas or even just a new life philosophy.

It is no surprise that a lot of these are dystopian stories, undesirable and even frightening alternative futures that we wish would never come true such as tyrannical government, environmental disasters or utter dehumanization. These books are a way for us to realize where the world is going (or might go), allowing us to reflect on it and doing our best to avoid these futures.

Here are some book suggestions that will blow your mind, I promise:

1984 by George Orwell

You probably heard about this one. Published on June 1949, the English writer George Orwell wrote what he thought would be a dystopian future, the novel is set in 1984. Funnily, his book is becoming an astonishing accurate reflection of reality as years go by.

This novel tells the story of a world in perpetual war, where Government has an omnipresent vigilance and propaganda. This government, ruled by The Party, will use different methods in order to control citizens. These methods are such as manipulating recorded history or creating a new language This language, Newspeak, is an alternative English version with restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, meant to limit the freedom of thought.

The protagonist of this novel, Winston Smith, is a man who secretly hates The Party and everything related to the government, but how is he going to tell anyone when in the Newspeak words as rebellion don’t even exist?

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Another novel by the same author. In this story, George Orwell uses farm animals as an allegory to describe the early years of the Soviet Union (URSS). This story begins with Old Major inspiring his fellows to revolt against their master, Mr. Jones (a human), the owner of Manor Farm.  After Old Majors dead, two pigs raise to lead this revolt, Snowball and Napoleon, they Will lead the entire farm to fight Mr. Jones who Will flee in despair after being attacked by his animals.

The animals rule the farm after that even, everything is perfect, they decide what is best for them. They even have commandments that state that all animals are equal. The pig Snowball is the most popular in the farm, the animals consider him a hero for his actions against Mr. Jones and also teaches his fellow animals to read and write. The other pig, Napoleon, Will eventually get jealous of Snowball and Will start plotting against him.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

This novel is about censorship. Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of Guy Montag, a fireman. He lives in a world where books are illegal thus censoring knowledge, a metaphorical way of suppressing dissenting ideas. Firemen’s are exactly the opposite to firefighters, their job is not to extinguish fires but to set fire to books and the houses that hide them. Guy Montag never questioned his job until he meets a Young neighbor, Clarisse, who Will tell him about a past where one saw the world through the books instead of the televisión. The fireman Will begin to question all he knows, he Will start hiding books in his home becoming an outlaw.

Just if you were wondering, Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A story depicting a futuristic world state with an intelligence-based social hierarchy and genetically modified citizens. This book is about a world dominated through cunning, the hidden influence of elites and mass control. The story is set in 632 After Ford (AF) since Henry Ford is revered as a god due to his assembly line manufacturing process.

If you like this book you can also read Brave New World Revisited (1958). This is a reassessment on which the author considers if such years (the 1950’s) resemble the future world he created in his previous novel,

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

 

This story sets in the United States. It depicts a dystopian society in which business and enterprises suffer under over regulations and taxes. In this Danny Taggart, Will fight to keep her company alive facing the economic depression and government control over successful companies. While the government keeps taking control over industries some of the most brilliant businessmen in the country start disappearing mysteriously.

 

Be critical, and question everything, one of the best ways to learn 😀

 

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The Kingkiller Chronicle all you need to know

You probably have heard about this saga already. The Kingkiller Chronicle is probably the most popular fantasy series right now.  both lots of fans and critics consider this saga the heir of A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) books. Not because these stories are similar, they truly aren’t at all in fact, but because these novels by Patrick Rothfuss are expected to turn into a media phenomenon.

The books are of course already best sellers. That’s not all, these novels are not getting a Tv series like A Song of Ice and Fire did, or a movie adaptation like Mortal Engines, or “just” a video-game series as The Witcher. No, The Kingkiller Chronicle didn’t have to make such a choice, because it is getting all of it! movies/series/video-game, multiplatform experience. Yes, the full pack.

As you see, quite a big deal. Books have already a passionate fan base, and the potential to reach to reach a whole new audience with all these adaptations.

I just love the way the author, Patrick Rothfuss, shared this news on his webpage, let me show you a small fragment:

Then Lionsgate got in touch. “About that whole TV-show-and-a-movie thing you mentioned,” they said. “If we’re going to do some sort of big narratively intertwined multi-platform development deal based on your books, wouldn’t it make more sense to do a video game along with the TV show and movies? Because seriously, why wouldn’t we want to do a video game too?” (I’m paraphrasing a little here you understand.)

I said, “What?”

The films will cover the book’s story while the tv series will be a prequel. I will write about this in detail in “To the big screen” though, let’s focus on the books right now.

What is the series about?

This series genre is Heroic Fantasy. As advanced in a previous post this saga tells the story of Kvothe, a retired legendary hero who will narrate his life adventure to Chronicler (a scribe). The book is structured so it’s the same Kvothe who tells his own story, while there are certain interludes where the interaction between Kvothe and Chronicler is described. Kvothe tells with delightful detail how his life was from his childhood to present.

The story is set in the fantastic world of Temerant. While the story is crude and compelling, the characters are powerfully built, and the action is truly convincing. I love the pace and flow in each chapter, the story is so engaging you really wish Kvothe to succeed! The author made a great work, the writing is a subtle combination of power and beauty.

The book is really accessible, so not only fantasy readers will love this, there is no need to be into medieval fantasy genre to enjoy this book.

How long is The Kingkiller Chronicle?

The King Killer Chronicle is a trilogy. The first two novels are already published while the third and last book has no release date yet.

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  • The Name of the Wind. 662 pages, published on March 27, 2007.
  • The Wise Man’s Fear. 994 pages, published on March 1, 2011.
  • The Doors of Stone. To be determined.

Regarding the reading order, there is actually no need for a “how to start reading” for this series.  Just take the publishing date as the reference.

Awards

This book series have already sold over ten million copies and the two first novels in the trilogy are of course Bestsellers.

Here are some awards achieved by the author and his novels:

  • Quill Award (2007)
  • “Best Books of the Year” (2007) – Publishers Weekly–
  • NPR Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books (2011)
  • Ranked 3rd in “Best 21st Century Fantasy Fiction Novels” (2012) –Locus–

How has The Kingkiller Chronicle been received by critics?

The critics are in general positive, all of them praise the author and his manuscripts:

I was reminded of Ursula LeGuin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkien, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone. Like the writers he clearly admires, he’s an old-fashioned storyteller working with traditional elements, but his voice is his own. I haven’t been so gripped by a new fantasy series in years. It’s certain to become a classic.”
The London Times

“No ordinary fantasy full of pointless quests and overblown drama. Rather, it is a finely tuned coming-of-age story, full of humor, action and the occasional dose of magic.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Writers like George R.R. Martin and Gene Wolfe are old hands at revitalizing old tropes, giving fantasy the depth and humanity of the great literary novels, but Rothfuss sets out to retell what should be the most familiar tale of all, in the most familiar mode (the triple-decker). Remarkably, he does make it fresh again in this opening book, complete with an interesting take on magic that adds both emotional impact and intellectual excitement. So bring on volume two!”
Locus

As you see, a must-read saga. I bet you will claim this when you end these books: Wottaread! 😀

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