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Book Review #11

Here comes the long holiday~
Here comes the books~

Then the grad school started in September and it’s cut, wkwk. And do sorry for the very-very-late review.

The Silence of The Lambs
Thomas Harris

The Silence of The LambsI’ve always been wanted to read Hannibal Lecter’s series. I even been tempted to buy the box set, but didn’t. In the end, I browsed through an e-book portal and got some of the books. Quite long time since I last read a thriller, so I picked it up.

Clarice Starling is an FBI Academy student; she’s smart, sharp, brave, and had been wanted to join Behavior Section ever since she decided to enter the Academy. Who knows that her first assignment in the Section would be to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous cannibal?

The strange thing is, Dr. Lecter agreed to talk to Clarice despite rejecting the previous agent. So, their discussion began. Clarice had to maintained her ground to search for information about an active serial killer from Dr. Lecter while avoiding his own questions digging her past. Clarice, and FBI, is running out of time, but Dr. Lecter himself is not an easy opponent. Would they succeed?

The first thing came to my mind while reading this book is, how it’s like inside Dr. Lecter’s brain?
This man is undoubtedly genius and scary at the same time. Every small step he took is well calculated, not to mention his manipulative ability. I somehow had no doubt ever since the start that he would be able to escape from his cell. And it was well done.

The book’s nice. The characters are strong, the plot is tight, and the conflict is tense. I like how the author put Dr. Lecter in the grey area. He’s a cannibal, yes, but you can’t label him as an antagonist either. And that brain, seriously.

I haven’t read another series about Dr. Lecter, but I’d like to know the reason he turned into a cannibal. Guess I’ll give it a go.

George Orwell

Welcome to Oceania,1984
where history is rewritten,
where every move is being controlled,
where your inner thought is read,
and Big Brother is always watching you.

Another classic, another check in my to-read list.
I deliberately didn’t write much about the story line. What interest me most about this book is the conflicts, so I’d like to suggest you to read it yourself.

This book doesn’t have the best flow of lines, that for sure. At some points, it does felt stiff and boring, just like Winston’s, its main character, life. But its storytelling style and its content, of course, is great. George Orwell presented to us a dystopian society, a society so corrupt and controlled to the point of unimaginable. But the interesting point is, some things in IngSoc or Oceania has happened and are actually happening right now. The shortage of daily needs, the power of the Inner Party, the apathetic citizen, and the never-ending war of power. Beside that, Winston’s desire to rebel is something we can relate well due to his position.

1984 might not be a light book to read, but it has a lot of lesson to be learned.

Ender’s Game
Orson Scott Card

Ender's GameHow it feels like being a normal kid?
Ask that to Ender; he’s everything but normal. Ender is genius and he is a Third, the third children while Government dictated only two children are allowed in a family. He’s been the subject of an experiment for The International Fleet in the last three years. He just wants an ordinary life, but it doesn’t come easily in Ender’s life.

When he is brought to Battle School, he believed he is prepared to be a soldier to fight Bugger, to prevent their invasion to the Earth. But one thing Ender hasn’t realize is, he is prepared to do way beyond that.

I had no idea, but now that I saw this review, I realized I picked pretty depressing books this trimester. =____=

One thing about Ender’s Game: this is a book about a kid that shouldn’t be read by a kid.
Seriously. The book’s contents is about manipulation, military strategy, and political fight. And a kid’s confusion about his own life while being pressured, or as they said, being developed into the greatest general Earth ever have.

At some points, I found it’s hard to sympathize with Ender because he’s way too cold for a kid. Well, with a life like his, maybe it’s just normal to turn out like that. The second is, this book is a sci-fi (correct me if I’m wrong), and put a strong futuristic setting. But some settings, like the weapons or equipment used, are vaguely explained. That, or maybe I’m short of imagination regarding those kind of things.

Anyway, the conflicts’ good, and I especially like the twist of the last battle. Also, Ender’s decision regarding the Bugger in the end made him more..human.

One lesson I got for sure reading this book is just how crucial children’s role for the the world’s future.

 Sidoarjo, January 25th 2015


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