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cecilfienkelstien
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14 Apr 2007, 5:30 pm

I was wondering if you guys could recommend to me some decent Dystopic novels. I have a real need latly to read about Totalitarian Societies. I don't know it might be some morbid thing.
I know about 1984 and A Brave New World but are there any others?

all the advice you can give me would be great!



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14 Apr 2007, 5:42 pm

There is "We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin. I haven't read it myself, but it's supposed to be the "grandfather of dystopian novels".



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14 Apr 2007, 7:55 pm

You might like "Lathe of Heaven" by Ursula LeGuin and "The Man in the High Castle" by Philip K. Dick. These are not recent; I found them very interesting, though.



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14 Apr 2007, 8:26 pm

The Iron Heel by Jack London.

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.



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14 Apr 2007, 11:07 pm

Does "The Giver" by Lois Lowry count as dystopian? Only two people in the society seem dissatisfied with it, but they are the ones who know the truth in the story. Although I guess that's sort of true with 1984 as well... Anyway you will probably like it if you like dystopian stories, as it's in the same vein and makes the same point.



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14 Apr 2007, 11:20 pm

What does dystopian mean again?


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15 Apr 2007, 12:33 am

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dystopian


Seems to be the main theme in most of my writings...


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15 Apr 2007, 2:30 am

Hmm, my story kinda has that. The bad guy's realm is like Mordor with buildings, and take out the mountain range. Living is poorer and has less technology the further away from the central city you get, and due to the ash clouds it becomes PITCH black during the night.

On the other hand, I also have Inithial, a beautiful fictional planet (proper location unknown).


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15 Apr 2007, 7:29 am

Todd489 wrote:
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.


+1

I read this one straight after 1984 and a Brave New World because the librarian specifically recommended it to me - great book.



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15 Apr 2007, 7:45 am

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
Anthem by Ayn Rand is another, I think.



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15 Apr 2007, 8:48 am

I love dystopian novels!

I've read (so far):
Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Animal Farm (George Orwell)
The Giver (Lois Lowry)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
The Chrysalids (John Wyndham)
The Running Man (Richard Bachman)
Rammer (Larry Niven)

Not all of these are dystopias per se but they all have dystopic themes. Anyway, I would recommend all of them, but I've put them more or less in order of preference (i.e. my favourite is at the top). I've read a few others as well, but if I can't remember their titles, I'm taking that as a sign that they're not worth listing.



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15 Apr 2007, 10:17 am

The Handmaiden's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut.


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16 Apr 2007, 9:59 am

The Giver was one of my favourite books as a kid.
A Clockwork orange is one of my worker's favourite novels and movies of all time! I thank you all for your suggestions keep them coming.



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16 Apr 2007, 7:13 pm

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.



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20 Apr 2007, 6:00 pm

The Children of Men by PD James

V for Vendetta is a graphic novel but has many dystopic themes in its illustrations.