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Feed Fforde

  • May. 18th, 2009 at 10:43 AM
kala_way: (books)
I read Feed by MT Anderson all in one day on Saturday, which I never do!
It's a dystopian book set in America at least 100 years in the future. Everyone has a "feed" in their brains which bombards them with advertising. It's like an internal internet connection which people have become completely dependent on.
The main character is an asshole, but that's almost necessary to the story as the concentrated consumer society has made its inhabitants incredibly shallow and practically illiterate. News is so censored that people don't even know that the entire world is in danger and that protests are going on throughout the world against America's irresponsibility.
It's a scary picture. As much as I love technology. I'm not sure if humanity's self-awareness would allow such extreme measures, but it was definitely compelling.

I also finished The Well of Lost Plots. I didn't think it was quite as good as Lost in a Good Book, but it was a lot of fun. Fforde just makes me love books! I totally want a dodo. I can't wait to read the next. She better get Landen back!

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eumelkeks: (tell me a story)
[personal profile] eumelkeks wrote:
May. 18th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Plock, plock.
kala_way: (Default)
[personal profile] kala_way wrote:
May. 18th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
That's one scientific discovery that I hope they make sometime! They're such funny little animals!
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[personal profile] susanbones wrote:
May. 19th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Have you read 1984? How does it compare?

I liked the Well of Lost Plots because it wsn't as confusing as the first two books. *lol*

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[personal profile] kala_way wrote:
May. 19th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
Feed was much more about apathy and consumerism destroying us. There was very little about the actual government except that they censored news from the outside. The feed did keep track of everything they did, but it was for the benefit of the big companies so that they could better narrow down your demographic to sell you more stuff. Honestly, I found it more believable than 1984, if not as well written/constructed.

I think the key with Fforde is not taking any of it too seriously. I'm sure there are loose threads, but if you speed through it and ignore them it's a fun experience :lol:
susanbones: (lemonade and iced tea)
[personal profile] susanbones wrote:
May. 19th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
I loved 1984. Maybe I'll add this book to my reading list. Thanks.
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