Gått bananas på bokshopping, mener jeg. Skummelt enkelt å gå bananas når man handler på nettet. Men her er bøkene jeg venter på:
The Death of Grass av John Christopher
At first the virus wiping out grass and crops is of little concern to John Custance. It has decimated Asia, causing mass starvation and riots, but Europe is safe and a counter-virus is expected any day. Except, it turns out, the governments have been lying to their people. When the deadly disease hits Britain they are left alone, and society starts to descend into barbarism. As John and his family try to make it across country to the safety of his brother’s farm in a hidden valley, their humanity is tested to its very limits.
Utopia av Sir Thomas More (annen utgave enn bildet)
More’s ‘Utopia’ is a complex, innovative and penetrating contribution to political thought, culminating in the famous ‘description’ of the Utopians, who live according to the principles of natural law, but are receptive to Christian teachings, who hold all possessions in common, and view gold as worthless.
The Last Man av Mary Shelley
This book comes with an introduction and notes by Dr Pamela Bickley, of the Godolphin and Latymer School, formerly of Royal Holloway, University of London. «The Last Man» is Mary Shelley’s apocalyptic fantasy of the end of human civilisation. Set in the late twenty-first century, the novel unfolds a sombre and pessimistic vision of mankind confronting inevitable destruction. Interwoven with her futuristic theme, Mary Shelley incorporates idealised portraits of Shelley and Byron, yet rejects Romanticism and its faith in art and nature.
The Scarlet Plague av Jack London
An old man walks along deserted railway tracks, long since unused and overgrown; beside him a young, feral boy helps him along. It has been sixty years since the great Red Death wiped out mankind, and the handful of survivors, from all walks of life, have established their own civilization, their own hierarchy in a savage world. The old man is the only one who can convey the wonders of that bygone age, and the horrors of the plague that brought about its end. What future lies in store for the remnants of mankind can only be surmised – their ignorance, barbarity and ruthlessness the only hope they have.
Journey to the Center of the Earth av Jules Verne (annen utgave enn bildet)
The story involves a German professor who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the center of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy. The living organisms they meet reflect geological time; just as the rock layers become older and older the deeper they travel, the animals become more and more ancient the closer the characters approach the center
Around the World in 80 Days & Five Weeks in a Balloon av Jules Verne
Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) relates the hair-raising journey made as a wager by the Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg, who succeeds – but only just! – in circling the globe within eighty days. Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863) was Verne’s first novel. It documents an apocryphal jaunt across the continent of Africa in a hydrogen balloon designed by the omniscient, imperturbable and ever capable Dr Fergusson, the prototype of the Vernian adventurer.
The Time Machine og The Invisible Man av H.G. Wells
Two classic science fiction novels in one handsome volume. Here are two masterpieces of irony and imaginative vision from the father of science fiction. The Time Machine propels the Time Traveller into a distant, dismal, Darwinian future. The Invisible Man tells of a brash young scientist who becomes invisible, then insane.
By the Waters of Babylon av Stephen Vincent Benet
Set in a future following the destruction of industrial civilization, the story is narrated by a young man who is the son of a priest. The priests of John’s people are inquisitive «scientists» associated with the divine. They are the only ones who can handle metal collected from the homes (called the «Dead Places») of long-dead people whom they believe to be gods. The plot follows John’s self-assigned mission to get to the Place of the Gods.
10 historier fordelt på 8 bøker, til den nette sum av rett under £25, som tilsvarer ca 250 kr. Jeg synes det var en god fangst. Handlet hos Amazon.co.uk.
Åh, også må jeg vise frem den fine klokka jeg fikk av David! Det er flinke kjæresten sin, det! Det var ikke helt uten grunn, da. Vi har vært sammen i tre år, og benytter oss av enhver mulighet til å gi hverandre gaver. Fordi vi… fortjener det?
Noen andre som har gjort noen gode bokkupp i det siste? Har du lest noen av bøkene jeg venter på?