nightstand canticle for leibowitz

Nightstand Books #7

nightstand canticle for leibowitz

Welcome to the Nightstand Books series wherein I once again exhibit the paucity of my reading productivity. Whenever I see my partner in crime, Jenelled Schmidt’s, posts, I realize that I am rapidly fading to the back of the reading class. In my defense I will say that I am always reading something, but it’s just that it takes me an awfully long time to finish whatever that something may be.

So once again this month I’m left trotting out books I read back in the salad days when I didn’t have quite so many plates spinning in the air. These two books were read when I was part of a literature club. And it was actually my experiences as a member of that group which spurred me to get back into writing, but that’s a story for another day.

For now, I draw your attention to the top book in the stack, A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter Miller. This is a very well written, if somewhat dated, piece of classic, post-apocalyptic science fiction. It spans three epochs, each one taking place after the destruction of the world which makes it read almost like a three book series except that it happens to be in one book. Definitely an interesting read, though a very bleak perspective on the future of humanity.

The second book in the photo is The Dark Tower and Other Stories by C.S. Lewis. No surprise, I suppose, that Lewis makes another appearance here on my nightstand. As I’ve said before, I own probably five times more books of his than any other author in my collection. The Dark Tower is of particular interest because it represents something of a rough draft to That Hideous Strength, a novel which I’ve mentioned before. It’s an unfinished fragment which I believe was discovered after Lewis’ death and is rather different from most of Lewis’ writing. It has a definite connection to Hideous Strength, but at one point it takes off in a totally unexpected direction which ends up feeling almost like something from “The Twilight Zone”. Not my favorite work by Lewis, but as it was never meant to be published I can hardly fault him on it. And it’s certainly and interesting read.

Well, until next time, happy reading.

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  1. Jenelle Leanne September 4, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    You have nothing to be ashamed of…. you know words like “paucity.”

    🙂

    I am just a super fast reader, always have been. I actually feel like I make it through books quite slowly these days, as I only have time to read in the 10-30 minutes before going to sleep. Gone are the “good ol’ days” where I could blitz through a 700 page novel in a day, because I had 7-8 hours straight with nothin’ better to do.

    Of course, I wouldn’t trade my two munchkins for all the time in the world….

    I have not read or heard of either of these books, I shall have to check them out.

    • DJ Edwardson September 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Ha ha, it sounds like neither of us are in an “easy reading” season. But whether or slow or fast, it’s great that we can keep pushing ahead and growing our reading experience. There are so many books that I want to read!

      By the way, I failed to mention that Leibowitz employs the “civilization reverts back to primitive times” technique which I know you’re not a big fan of. But the writing is so good, I think you might not notice it as much in this one. It’s considered one of the top classic scifi works from what I’ve read so I hope you can give it a try at some point.

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