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    I like the greek roots I think the 'dys' is for machines that don't work- dysfunctional, dystopia...

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    Bloodtide, Melvin Burgess

    I'm reading a brilliant YA dystopian novel at the moment - 'Bloodtide' by Melvin Burgess. It's the first of a two-part science fiction adaptation of the Icelandic 'Volsunga saga' [allied to the Nibelungenlied]... and is a REALLY GOOD READ!

    Hope this helps!

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    That does sound interesting

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinthediltz View Post
    I am nearing the end of Fahrenheit 451. I have definately enjoyied it, though I don't think it will measure up to 1984.
    Muse you should really try Fahrenheit 451 it is a great novel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by electricpenguin View Post
    I'm reading a brilliant YA dystopian novel at the moment - 'Bloodtide' by Melvin Burgess. It's the first of a two-part science fiction adaptation of the Icelandic 'Volsunga saga' [allied to the Nibelungenlied]... and is a REALLY GOOD READ!

    Hope this helps!

    Penguin xxxx
    the first time the words 'brilliant' and 'melvin burgess' have ever been used in the same sentence
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro

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    i so much enjoyed animal farm it is such a beautiful satirical novel..........i also enjoyed lord of the flies...but nothing could compare to animal farm......good job Orwell

    "all animals are equal but some are more equal than others"

    its simply amazing that throughout the novel the only animals are the humans......and the animals are actually the humans themselves mentioned in the novel.........great comparison

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    dysfunctional is a non working system
    dystopia is a dysfunctional world

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    Quote Originally Posted by lys View Post
    dysfunctional is a non working system
    dystopia is a dysfunctional world
    ? Hence the same prefix.

    dys-
    pref.

    1. Abnormal: dysplasia.
    2.
    1. Impaired: dysgraphia.
    2. Difficult: dysphonia.
    3. Bad: dyslogistic.


    [Latin dys-, bad, from Greek dus-; see dus- in Indo-European roots.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Stamper View Post
    the first time the words 'brilliant' and 'melvin burgess' have ever been used in the same sentence
    Come now Hank, that smacks of snobbery!

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    Quote Originally Posted by electricpenguin View Post
    Come now Hank, that smacks of snobbery!
    yep

    he is awful though
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro

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    The Machine Stops - E.M. Forster
    Bend Sinister- Vladimir Nabokov

    I haven't actually read these, however, I have heard many good things about them.
    -Mariamosis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariamosis View Post
    The Machine Stops - E.M. Forster
    Bend Sinister- Vladimir Nabokov

    I haven't actually read these, however, I have heard many good things about them.
    In my view, The Machine Stops should be required reading in schools to restore some balance to the technological revolution we are now experiencing. Whilst we have amazing opportunities to broaden our horizens through the internet and the use of computers in general, we may be heading for the kind of situation that Forster pictures in his story. Below is an extract from a former post I made a while back.

    ......E.M.Forster whose short story The Machine Stops is a frightening tale of what happens to a world totally reliant on technology where human will has been weakened to the point that people can no longer do anything for themselves.

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    Is The Machine Stops a short story? Something about it sounds familair

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Muse View Post
    Is The Machine Stops a short story? Something about it sounds familair
    Yes, I read it many years ago in a book of collected short stories by E.M. Forster, the others were all on different themes, except for the underlying liberal/humanistic theme that is the hallmark of all Forster's writing.
    There is a very good description of the story on Wickipedia.

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    I think I have the story printed out though I have not read it yet, I came acorss it when I was doing some research on Forster for a class I was taking. I will have to look and see if I have it.

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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