Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Indie Block Party Post 6: Top 5 books

Let's continue with the second week of the Indie Block Party. Indie authors have gathered to talk about... Indie author stuff, like writing and stories and trying not to bored the readers, you should check them out HERE it might be fun.
This time I'm supposed to tell you which are my five favorite books. So here you go:

Dune (trilogy) by Frank Herbert

I found the Dune trilogy book at an airport. I always meant to read the book but I hadn't until that time. I devoured it, it was brilliant. Dune doesn't only give you an epic futuristic tale on foreign planets, it also gives you a philosophy that can be applied in your every day life. One of the most common example is the lithanie against fear: 
"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing......Only I will remain."
Persuasion by Jane Austin

Persuasion is not the best known novel by Jane Austin but he talks to me because it is the most likely to happen. A couple destroyed by other, what other things and say persuaded the girl to break the relationship even if she regrets it for a very long time.  It's a lesson teaching you to follow your own heart.

          She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! 
          She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.

Phénix (trilogy) by Bernard Simonay (So far I only read the first book)

This story takes place in a future after a nuclear war where the world has returned in a sort of medieval age with medieval values and knowledge is detained by an handful of people. In hope for knowledge to be accessible for all again, twins are born. 
I like this tale because it's at the same time futuristic and medieval. It shows the regression of mankind with the absence of knowledge and at the same time the evolution of the major religion and different culture of the present world as the adapted to the need of the new world.

          Un éclair déchira la nuit de sa lueur aveuglante, loin au-dessus des Terres Bleues. Solyane redoutait que l'orage d'une violence exceptionnelle ne parvînt à franchir la barrière de la Ceinture. Il aurait pu alors déferler sur Syrdahar. Elle le redoutait, et l'espérait à la fois. Frissonnante, elle passa un bras autour de la taille du jeune garçon. Debout sur la terrasse qui longeait la chambre de Solyane, ils contemplaient l'horizon tourmenté. Soudain intriguée par le cheminement mental de son frère, la fillette leva les yeux vers lui. Se glissant dans ses pensées, elle déclara doucement: 
        - Sans doute n'y a-t-il rien! 
        - Je ne le crois pas! Les Terres Bleues ne peuvent pas être infinies! 
        - Comment peux-tu affirmer cela?

Chaos by James Gleick

This book talk about the discovery of the Chaos Theory. It's an accessible scientific book for non-scientist. It tells about the daily life of physicist and the development of fractals, etc... 
I have to say that thinking about it I still have problem to sleep at time.

       The police in the small town of Los Alamos, New Mexico, worried briefly in 1974 about a man seen prowling in the dark, night after night, the red glow of his cigarette floating along the back streets. He would pace for hours, heading nowhere in the starlight that hammers down through the thin air of the mesas. The police were not the only ones to wonder. At the national laboratory some physicists had learned that their newest colleague was experimenting with twenty-six-hour days, which meant that his waking schedule would slowly roll in and out of phase with theirs. This bordered on strange, even for the Theoretical Division.

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

This book tells the story of Empress Dowager the mother of the tenth Qing emperor of China. It show the combat of a woman raising from poverty to concubine and managing to attract for herself the favor of the emperor and finally giving birth to the first born male. It takes place in the middle of the intrigue of the Imperial court where she has to protect her life and her son's at every hours of the day from politics and other concubines. 

       We were meant to survive because of our minds' ability to reason, our ability to live with frustration in order to maintain our virtue. We wore smiling masks while dying inside.

The alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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  1. Oh nice picture! That is a neat way of introducing your books. Thats an interesting juxtaposition for the phenix series.

  2. Wow, very interesting list of books! Loved it.