12.24.2008

My First Time


I was anxious at first, almost afraid. Afraid of the unfamiliar. Afraid that I wouldn't be pleased, that I wouldn't like it and never want more of it. Indeed, I was treading new ground. It felt different, new, but really really interesting.


My first science-fiction experience proved to be anything but disappointing. I read Worlds Apart by Joe Haldeman and, thank God, I don't regret picking it up. Although it's part of a trilogy, I read it out of convenience (it's the only copy available at home...from back when my dad was in university) and I didn't feel like I was missing anything, so everything went fine. Like I said...I was a little hesitant to start science-fiction because, like with everything new, I was afraid I wouldn't like it...I was afraid that I pick up a bad book that would put me off the whole genre...

But Worlds Apart proved quite the opposite; it was easy to read, more or less a page-turner, and I must say, quite interesting...so I will hopefully be reading some more sci-fi in the future.

The novel picks up where its predecessor left off: after World War IV during which a bioweapon has killed all adults over the age of 20 on Earth. It follows two story-lines, first that of the heroine Marianne O'Hara, citizen of New New York, one of the last remaining artificial worlds orbiting Earth, who finds herself included in several missions back to Earth to help the juvenile savages that have become the entire population. Also, we follow the story of Jeff Hawkings, O'Hara's Earth-bound lover, who travels across Florida posing as the Healer, trading with the now feral children, providing medicine in return for power supplies that would help him contact New New York, which he isn't sure still exists.

Again, it was really interesting to get an insight of what someone thinks the future might hold. Overall, fantastic stuff! First, but definately not last.

8 comments:

ĐǻñĎõøðñ said...

i can never get myself to pick up a sci fi book!

it just feels wrong! =S

ZoN said...

Me, Books.. we dont have a good relationship :|
and now sci fiction, no way :P

Think-Become said...

glad you enjoyed this science fiction novel..

i personally haven't read a novel for a long time since im so busy with my research papers that i do every other week...

TB,,

Princess Famme said...

I don't think S0oooo, Although am a book person!

Ruby Woo said...

I love Sci-Fi.. bas madri I'm not drawn to this particular book

F. said...

Dandoon: Why not? Pick a good one and try.

Zon: You're missing out on a lot then.

TB: Well good luck on your papers.

Princess Famme: I didn't think so either but it turned out ok. Trust me.

Ruby Woo: Any recommendations?

PHILYRA said...

Sounds really intresting, yes one must tread carefuly when it comes to books! I can never make up my mind as to what to get, I spend about 2 hours in a book store...

Happy new year btw!
Oh, love the quote up there.

F. said...

Philyra: Thanks for passing by. A happy new year to you too.

 
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