My Favorite Works of Fiction-Part 2
by Adam Huddleston
I can hear the groans coming from the peanut gallery. Shouts of “Oh no, not another one!” pour from the rafters. Well guess what folks, one blog is not enough to cover the vast multitude of books that I’ve enjoyed reading throughout the years. That being said, I’ll try to keep this list to a minimum.
Dystopian fiction, in all of its dark and dreary goodness, can provide the backdrop for some excellent story-telling. One of the all-time greats in this genre is “1984” by George Orwell. The author does an outstanding job of infusing a thrilling story with a gloomy, futuristic backdrop. It is the quintessential cautionary tale of a federal government grown too large and powerful.
If you are looking for an excellent combination of horror, fantasy, western, and science fiction (this really exists), Stephen King’s magnum opus “The Dark Tower” fills that role. Be prepared to go on a massive journey through seven books with a large and dynamic cast of characters, a myriad of settings in both the real and make-believe worlds, and tons of connections to King’s other works.
The last entry this time around is an oldie, very old actually, but a goody; “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare. If you’ve never read Shakespeare, it can be somewhat cumbersome to find your way through the King’s English (or Queen’s English if you prefer) but the story is well worth it. On the chance that it becomes too much to bear, I’ll allow you to cheat and watch one of the numerous motion picture versions of this classic tale. In my opinion, Kenneth Branagh’s version is one of the best.
So, there it is. I can’t promise that there won’t be a third part to this thread at some point in the future, but hopefully you’ll give these stories a chance and enjoy them as much as I did.