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I was introduced to books in 5th Grade when our teacher read us A Wrinkle In Time. Never really looked back.

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Embassytown
China MiƩville
Progress: 189/345 pages
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Player Piano - Kurt Vonnegut Aside from an interesting vision of the future of technology from a 1952 perspective, there is not too much to recommend here. The idea of advanced computers that made all decisions by the use of enormous card stacks made me chuckle.

The story is of the dehumanization of the United States population through the use of machines to perform nearly all manual labor (with the exception of barbers and bartenders!) The concepts of discontent and rebellion were explored, and I found myself flipping to the cover to be sure I was reading early Vonnegut and not early Phillip K. Dick.

I would recommend this only to Vonnegut fans, or those interested in near-future science fiction of the fifties.