‘The Man In The High Castle’ – Book Review

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Last night I finished the book ‘The Man In The High Castle‘, written by the (late) acclaimed science-fiction author Philip K. Dick.

I first heard about this book when I stumbled upon the TV show of the same name. Being on Amazon, I have yet to see any of it, but the idea immediately intrigued me.

The novel differs greatly from the series – which has been renewed for a second season – but is a great place to introduce yourself to this upside-down world.

Without going into too much detail, the novel is set in an alternative universe where the Germans and Japanese won World War Two, with America split approximately 2/3 and 1/3 respectively. The book follows several character groups that manage to intertwine. One such way in which this occurs is through a novel-inside-a-novel. Despite being a forbidden book, almost every character talks of reading ‘The Grasshopper Lies Heavy’, in which author Abendson postulates a world in which the Allies had been victorious.

The book contains many twists and turns, brilliantly exploring the ways in which humans can understand the world around them, and how we can justify anything in order to continue to survive.

You might have trouble finding the book in bookstores (it’s quite old now, but might come back in popularity due to the series), but I found a copy at the library. There are only 249 pages, so it’s a quite read.

Enjoy and let me know what you think of it!

Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice

Of course it is just when I am about to get to work that I stumble upon the new teaser trailer for Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Since early childhood I have loved everything science-fiction (thanks Mum!) and it has never left me as I grew. I attend science-fiction fan conventions, I get excited to meet the cast in person, and I hope to one day be creating the science-fiction shows people love.

Comic books weren’t something I really got into. My brother was a MASSIVE fan of Batman, so it was always around, but I never got bit by it.

That might have to change.

The concept of this movie fascinates me. You have two heroes that are supposed to be fighting evil, instead fighting each other. Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill look amazing, and I’m not sure which one is to be feared. Superman is such a strong presence in this trailer, with Batman looking inferior and, dare I say, meek.

Have a look at the clip below and tell me what you think.

And here is an earlier, longer trailer: