Title: Slaughterhouse Five
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Genre: Science Fiction/Satire
Category: 32. Read a book that was, or currently is, banned by a government
If you check out wikipedia’s list of books banned by governments you won’t find Slaughterhouse Five on the list but it’s on almost every list of banned books you’ll find. It’s often challenged because of it’s language as well as nudity and the way God is discussed. So I decided to go with it anyway since it’s been banned often enough by various groups.
Honestly, it’s not really my kind of book. I’ve definitely read other books about war this year but they’ve been quite rooted in reality while this book brought in a lot of science fiction aspects that just aren’t really my thing. Not to say I don’t like sci-fi I just don’t want it mixed with my war book.
I can see what people like about it but I didn’t enjoy it at all. Despite how short it is, it took me quite a while to get through.
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Title: Ghost in the Shell
Director: Rupert Sanders
Category: #49 An action movie
There’s been a lot of hate for this movie particularly in the lead-up to the release which largely surrounded the choice to have Scarlett Johansson as the lead actress. Given that this film was released as a Japanese anime in the 90’s with a lot of success there was a huge concern about casting a white actress and the Hollywood whitewashing that often occurs with modern movies. I certainly think those concerns are justified but I think the creators did a good job of explaining just why she was white even when the film was set in Japan.
I haven’t seen the original so I can’t comment on the film as a comparison but I will endeavour to watch it at some point and come back to you guys.
At any rate, the premise of this movie is incredibly cool that we could basically take someone’s brain out and put it in to a man made body and then use them to fight… and honestly, I don’t think we’re all that far from being able to do something like that.
Rating: 3/5 stars