The Sirens of Titan: A Novel
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on June 26, 2015
I found this to be a disappointment. Maybe I have become to expand of science fiction stories to have more action and confrontation. I read SF to get new thoughts on how our world might function in the future. The only positive thing I can say about this story, is that Kurt has a very fertile imagination
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on June 24, 2015
One of my favorites from high school and I've re read it a couple times since then... Such a beautiful tapestry of science fiction.
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on June 17, 2015
Not my type of reading; abandoned without completing
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on June 10, 2015
Prose, tension, humor, and inherent cynicism are a joy. It's science fiction by genre, but not by convention.
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on June 9, 2015
Just like life. "The worst thing that could ever happen to anybody, is to not be used by somebody" The point of it all, for humans at least is to love whoever is around and can be loved. These are the blood encrusted jewels offered up by this dark foray into the supposed history of the human race as manipulated by a civilization of self building robots from the planet tralfamador. I loved it.
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I am revisiting my love for Vonnegut. This was the second Vonnegut book I read so long ago and one of my favorites. My introduction to Mr. V was Cat's Cradle. It was love at first read. I wasn't' much of a reader back then, but I couldn't get enough of him. I cannot tell you what a delight the last few days have been visiting my old friend. So now I am finding new (to me) adventures in reading Mr V. And I . Am so excited!! I know I won't be disappointed. I can't wait to get started.
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on May 29, 2015
It is hard to believe this novel was published fifty six years ago. There is nothing dated in it. It could have been issued this year. While it entails space and time travel, it is not a conventional science fiction story -- it is simply another of Vonnegut's takes on the human condition that is cast as a fantasy. Considering the story was published just two years after the launching of Sputnik, you never have a sense that you often get from older science fiction tales that the author's prognostications on developments in science were a bit off target. Vonnegut's story makes no attempt to predict technological developments seriously. He has Martians invading earth in spaceships -- and of course, with a twinkle in his eye, he describes them as flying saucers. These kinds of touches kept me smiling throughout my reading of the book. As with all of Vonnegut's novels, you are filled with a sense of wistfulness after completing the last page. Vonnegut was a genius at capturing what Unamuno called "the tragic sense of life." ... And so it goes.
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on May 23, 2015
Sometimes science fiction rises to the level of consciousness-raising. This is one of those books. In some strange and unfathomable way, this book changed how I perceive things. Vonnegut can have that effect. He is a unique writer, with a disturbing gift for raising uncomfortable questions. What is "equality"? Are things predestined? How do people recover from intense mental conditioning? What is identity?
Unk is everyman, striving to find the courage to ask these questions, and act on the answers. Rumfoord is his opposite; a disembodied person stretched between the stars in a chrono-synclastic infundibulum, like a quantum-mechanical "virtual particle", who founds his own religion in which Unk is the arch-villain, and who aims to reduce everyone to the lowest common denominator in the name of equality.
This is a stunning book, Kurt Vonnegut's best. Also check out Cat's Cradle, his other great novel.
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on May 23, 2015
Red Pill-MGTOW- Rugged Individualists
Redpill 10
Reread: yes 2

Takes hits at religion, very dreamy, science fiction with aliens.
Constant is rich. Tralfamadore back again.
Not nearly as good as Slaughter house-five and Cat’s Cradle.

Research:

sirens
Indiana references – hoosiers

Monkey Branch:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Bergeron

Quotes:

There were these important differences, however: the monsters between space explorers and their goals were not imaginary, but numerous, hideous, various, and uniformly cataclysmic; the cost of even a small expedition was enough to ruin most nations; and it was a virtual certainty that no expedition could increase the wealth of its sponsors. 307

There was something obscene about a billionaire’s being optimistic and aggressive and cunning.807

Mars. “Your situation on Earth is hopeless. Your wife is a beast. 1078
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on May 21, 2015
The author has an unique blend of being very approachable and being very complex. By the end of the book, you can't tell your left hand from your right. It's a great little journey that he puts you through. Entertaining and thoughtful. It brings up dark existential questions in very simple, light hearted ways.
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