A agree with you on the above: its the limits of humanity's freedom which is depressing in both 1984 and ACO.
Has anyone else been reading Simon Scarrow (Eagle serries) recently? It's not exactly complex but I like them as 'blood n guts' relief from the heavier stuff.
I'm in need of a nice light bloodless fiction, possibly a comedy, which I could read before I go to bed and when I have nothing better to do. Suggestions?
Hmm... Thought you might say that. Anything else?
Have you tried:
Terry Pratchett's Good Omens
Neil Gaiman ?
However, if that stuff is not you're kind of thing then you must read Ben Elton's 'Post Mortem' and 'Dead Famous'. These fail your 'bloodless' criterion, as they both deal with some pretty gross murders but they are also hilarious whilst making a point about society. These two are must reads imo.
Ben Elton (I'm sure I've heard his name before).....Douglas Adams......Neil Gaiman....thanks!
Its okay if they're bloody and hilarious, I just don't wan't something that might give me nightmares or keep me awake in cold sweat.
Um, well in 'Post Mortem', the first body we come across has hundreds of stab wounds from a compass dipped in anti-coagulant, leading to him dieing from loiss of blood from tiny pin pricks. Other people have been dumped in acid etc but I don't want to give too much away. It's very funny but if this sort of thing disturbs you, don't read whilst eating.
The language isn't that bad - it's just the whole image. If you want less gore but similar hilarity, Dead Famous is good to start with. If you like that you could then move onto Post Mortem.
Ugh, kids beating other kids to death reminds me of that movie, Haloween.
I watched that first scene and then I just walked off. I couldn't sleep that night.
Is Good Omens the one about the end of the world and the halfway-fallen angel?
Yes. Kids! Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your own home.