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Sunday, April 10, 2005
Recent Books part 1

I probably read more books in the month of March than in any other month this decade. Of course, this would not have been possible if I wasn't stoning in some Indian desert, so I'd like to thank SAF for providing such a golden opportunity.

Here's a list
Completed books:
- The Joy of Work: Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers by Scott Adams
- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
- Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
- Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories Vol. 1
- The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
Partially read:
- Cosmos by Carl Sagan
- The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
- Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer

First, I'd like to talk about 1984. It is the MOST DEPRESSING book I have ever read. When I read the last sentence of the book, I almost screamed out "NOOOooooo!!!". Fortunately, I have the more optimistic Asimov to counter the effects of 1984. If you have never heard of 1984, here's a description from Amazon:

"Thought Police. Big Brother. Orwellian. These words have entered our vocabulary because of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel, 1984. The story of one man's nightmare odyssey as he pursues a forbidden love affair through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but also individual thought and memory, 1984 is a prophetic, haunting tale."

Anyway, the scariest part of the story is when I start realizing that we are already living in a similar world. Although not everyone will agree with me on this, I feel that 1984 is also about religion. This guy pretty much summarizes my views.
1984 as religious allegory

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