Something Feels Off…

That is the main character’s very accurate assumption in Pines, by Blake Crouch.

I picked this book up on my Kindle for $2, as I was just searching for new sci-fi titles, to add to my wish list… and it was well worth more. It caught my eye because I like freaky stories about towns where all is not what it seems. lol

My fave Twilight Zone episodes often feature this theme, and this book definitely had a touch of TZ feel to it. Also reminded me of Twin Peaks(of which the author admits inspired him), and of TheTruman Show with Jim Carrey. Freaky little touches here and there to give the reader that subtly creepy feeling of things being off kilter. Then it suddenly ramps up, and I couldn’t put the thing down. A “snack read” for me at around 300 pages…I devoured it in about two and a half days. The ending was not what I expected, but in a good way, as it was very unpredictable.

All in all, a good, fast, twisty, creepy sci fi-ish read. And the first of a trilogy….starting book two today, also picked up at Amazon for my Kindle at a good price. 🙂

from http://www.blakecrouch.com/wayward.php :

“Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Intense and gripping, Pines is another masterful thriller from the mind of bestselling novelist Blake Crouch.”

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A Vision of Optimism

I am a huge Star Trek fan. Always have been. I have watched it ever since I can remember. It always sparked my imagination, then, and still does now. I believe that, even though when I was a kid it was merely entertainment to me, it helped to shape the person I am today…for I agree with it’s vision with every fiber of my being.

The thing with Star Trek is it’s vision of optimism. An ideal future full of hope, tolerance, non-greed, cooperation, and compassion…. with an eternal quest for knowledge and making things better. There is a philosophy in it, that non-fans, and people who scoff that it is just a silly TV show, just don’t see… and really….miss out on.

“The whole show was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but to take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. We tried to say that the worst possible thing that can happen to all of us is for the future to somehow press us into a common mould, where we begin to act and talk and look and think alike. If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there. And I think that this is what people responded to.” ~ Gene Roddenberry

 

 

“Live Long and Prosper” 🙂