Book Review, Philosophy, Psychology

Wow: “Nation” by Terry Pratchett

So, to get the basics out of the way: I loved this book. It was absolutely captivating (though it did fall short in some respects, which I'll describe below), and it had so many gems of comedical as well as insightful passages sprinkled throughout. The characters were incredibly dynamic, too. Overall this is a complex piece of art that I regard with the same wondrous and mystified respect one might regard, say, the Egyptian pyramids. (And as you may or may not see, Pratchett's writing style is already rubbing off on me, which is a way of confirming that yes, it was really good.) [Click to read more]

Literary Commentary

“Vicious” and Morality

This book was packed with some pretty heavy moral questions, as its main underlying theme was the fight between evil and "less-evil". We've got Victor on the one hand, who's clearly an introvert with no "good intentions" to look out for others or help others, but incredibly smart and ambitious. Then there's Eli, the popular but smart and (also) ambitious one. At first, they're both united by a shared intelligence and passion in college. But what happens when their situation changes, and they both obtain supernatural powers really shows their true colours in ways that makes you question who is truly, morally right. [Click to read more]