Changing Opinions: Five Years in the Making

Guys, Book Heaven is five years old. It’s like a time capsule, looking back to my thoughts during my early teens (God help me, please don’t look too far back in the archive, it’s embarrassing). It’s interesting to see the different fads I went through, and how my opinions on certain topics have changed, but some have stayed constant.

For example:

  • I still LOVE the Septimus Heap series (and yes, I know I’ve mentioned them twice in as many posts, but I’m rereading them all before reading the final book, super excited!)
  • I still consider reading the best pastime ever
  • Pirates are cool (4eva)
  • I still believe books create a community

I love the fact that I still love (some of) the same books, as it really shows the staying power of some beautifully woven tales. In the words of the fabulous Carl Sagan,

Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

However, in counter balance to that, there are also quite a few things I now shudder at the thought of loving. Not really because they are now considered “uncool”, but more because on rereading I have found that either the style is severely lacking, or that there are worrying messages/ideals that permeate the text. One example for me would be the Twilight Series. I really, really liked these books when I was younger, and I still might pick one up if stuck, but I can’t shake off an uncomfortable feeling when thinking about how controlling and almost abusive Edward is towards Bella.

Similarly, certain science fiction holds less appeal for me than it once did, because I have spent the last five years learning a lot more about physics, so some stuff just seems implausible. When authors get their science mixed up, it ruins the magic of the story for me.

So I’m planning on doing a full blown discussion on why some fiction has staying power, and some doesn’t, and since I think books (and blogging) belong in a community setting, I want your input. What books have you loved long-term? Are there any books you were fanatical about but have now lost interest in? Please leave a comment below.

P.S. I’m also looking for some book-themed blogs to read and add to my blogroll, so please comment with a URL if you know of one/write for one. Also, any input on possible format changes would be appreciated: would you like more book reviews, more theme discussions, less of anything? I’m excited to be publishing on Bookheaven again!

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The Forever War, Joe Haldeman

This book tells the story of John Mandella, a soldier in an intergalactic war that is vastly similar to Vietnam (apart from the whole aliens V humans, and spaceships thing…). Conscripted while in his early twenties, he is sent on a number of missions that take months in subjective time, aboard the space vessels, but years in objective time due to the physics of relativity when travelling close to, at, and faster than the speed of light. Thus, every time the troops return to Earth decades and sometimes centuries have passed, isolating them from humanity.

As well as being packed full of action and sci-fi battles, this book also manages to squeeze in romance. Mandella gets separated from another officer he has grown to love, and expects never to meet her again (she could be eighty years older, or dead when he next returns to Earth due to relativity complications).

Well written and fast paced, I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in science fiction. I loved the idea of constantly and rapidly moving forward in time, and how this could cause a tragic love story. Five stars.