I grew up as quite a voracious reader, but have since fallen rather behind in my reading list. There are so many authors and books that I haven’t gotten to. That’s not to say that I don’t hoard titles from the discount bookstore. I am constantly picking things up, adding them to my ever-growing “To Read” pile. In honor of the A-to-Z Challenge, I decided to read one of these books: John Scalzi’s Hugo Award-nominated, military sci-fi, debut novel.
O is for Old Man’s War.
A few months ago, it was announced that Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird would release her second book, Go Set a Watchman, later this year. This came as a shock to the literary world as Mockingbird was published 55 years ago.
I, like most people, have very mixed feelings about this. To Kill a Mockingbird is a modern classic. It remains to this very day one of my favorite books. So part of me would love to see more work by Lee. It would be great to learn what happened to Scout, Jem, and Atticus Finch in the years after the events of the first book.
…But would it? The other side of me is vehemently against the idea of a Mockingbird sequel. To Kill a Mockingbird is perfect as it is. If Watchman doesn’t live up to its expectations, will it sully the high regard we hold for its predecessor? I think if Lee had released a different book, unrelated to the events and characters of Mockingbird, I would not be so skeptical. But as it is, I am worried that Watchman may be a disappointment. Moreover, Lee actually wrote Go Set a Watchman before To Kill a Mockingbird. When her editor read a flashback sequence in which Scout Finch was a young girl, he suggested that Lee write a novel about Scout’s childhood. This makes me nervous. Watchman is an amateur’s first attempt at a novel, one that was pushed aside for a different idea by the book’s editor.
On the other hand (well, back to the first hand, I guess), Harper Lee has proven to be a magnificent writer and Watchman is said to deal with many similar themes to Mockingbird. I’m sure all of this is just the public being overprotective of a book we all adore. I guess, in the end, I’m cautiously optimistic about the release of Go Set a Watchman. One thing’s for sure, the internet will certainly be ablaze with discussion once the novel comes out this July.
And now, just because I like it, here’s a song called “Harper Lee” by Little Green Cars:
This past week, Syfy released the trailer for their upcoming series, The Expanse… and I’m super excited! For one thing, it’s great that Syfy is actually making an effort to have legitimate science-fiction shows again. After rebranding in hopes to pull in a broader audience, the channel seems to be returning to its roots. While Ascension came and went to mediocre reviews, I have heard nothing but good things about the 12 Monkeys pilot that aired a few days ago. Conceivably, this could indicate that Syfy is better at making adaptations of pre-existing source material than original stories, which bodes well for the upcoming shows based on James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series, Lev Grossman’s The Magicians trilogy, and Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End.
I’m excited, in particular, for The Expanse adaptation, as I recently read the first book in James S.A. Corey’s series — Leviathan Wakes. Continue reading