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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %

The City and the Stars

The City and the Stars - Arthur C. Clarke

This Arthur C. Clarke novel, The City and the Stars, dates to the mid-1950s, I believe, and is a strange little book.  (Technically this is a reread, as I'm pretty sure I read this going on 35 years ago, but remembered little of it other than the title.)


It is the story of Alvin, who is turning twenty, and discovers that unlike the rest of humanity, he is not a reincarnation, but a Unique.  There have been 14 other Uniques, who have all disappeared from the sole city (Diaspar) that is the known universe.


Then things get stranger, by turns filled with action, philosophy, exploration, and space opera.


There were two female characters of any importance - the spurned girlfriend, and a female political leader.  (Alvin's mother is also mentioned in passing, as half of his "parents," but never seen or heard from.)  For the 1950s, I guess that's something?


Amusingly, the most popular form of entertainment in Diaspar is the "Sagas," which look to be an ancestor of D&D and the holodeck on Star Trek.


It's not nearly as good as Clarke can be.  From this period, I'd recommend Childhood's End instead.  But if you stumble across a copy, it is interesting.