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       For the books, art and music we love at Hedleys.

       

Machines Like Me

David Hedley - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

I am a big fan of Ian McEwan and don't believe he has written a bad novel and in some cases like Amsterdam - On Chesil Beach - Nutshell and Atonement they are great novels. I was slightly put off by the cover of his new book Machines Like Me but once I was in to the story I realised its appropriateness and how clever the title was.

This is a book challenging us on many levels. It is set in Britain in 1982 but puts an alternative spin on history out of the Thatcher and Falklands era taking us to a world of AI where robots and advanced computers rule our lives and androids compete for the emotional love interest of human partners. Well known figures like Alan Turing are part of the story giving it all credibility.

But actually this book is also about the power of novels - “The imagination,” he says, “fleeter than history, than technological advance, had already rehearsed this future in books"

He is also clever in presenting the challenges mankind will face is a world of AI and robots and what we will do with our free time.

Not really science fiction it is tightly written contemporary prose and will inevitably polarize some people, However if you are a McEwan fan I doubt you will be disappointed and will be an ideal book to discuss at your next book club meet. I felt I needed to discuss with someone the moment I finished it.

David

Rock music biography

David Hedley - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Music fans out there will know American rock band Wilco and the accomplished songwriter and founding member Jeff Tweedy.

Well he can do more than write songs. This memoir Let's Go - full title Let's Go (so we can get back) a memoir of recording and discording with Wilco,etc. is a great read. He really opens up and in particular is insightful about his addiction and fight against opiates which reveals what is going on in America around the prescription drug culture - frightening stuff.

However there is also lots of good insights into his music and the process of songwriting and he is full of wit - an excellent rock memoir. 4 stars at least. David

THE NOTE THROUGH THE WIRE

David Hedley - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Note Through The Wire by Doug Gold is the true story of a Yugoslav heroine resistance fighter and a Kiwi prisoner of war whose chance encounter changes their lives forever. This is a pacey story written like a thriller and well worth a read. Escape war stories without the gore and tragedy just keep coming out and this is one of the best for awhile. I couldn't put it down and read it in two nights. Perfect for men and women and all ages even teens.


LSD TRIP

David Hedley - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

T C Boyle is an excellent writer and his new book Outside Looking In takes you on a hell of a sixties trip.

Dr Timothy Leary and his experimentation around LSD is at the heart of this novel as US psychology students get swept up in a commune of free love and risk taking. Slightly hedonistic at times it is still well written and is witty, wry and wise and sure to entertain with fantasy those who missed the sixties. I loved it! David


 
 

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