muccamukk: Peggy, with briefcase, entering a room, the light of the hall silhouetting her. (AC: Silhouette)
Muccamukk ([personal profile] muccamukk) wrote in [personal profile] melannen 2017-03-17 11:33 pm (UTC)

I voted fuck on a lot of these (I don't believe in marriage before fucking).

I enjoyed the hell out of Gulliver's Travels, but I also know a lot of the context/period references, and a LOT of it is cranky 18th century in jokes. Swift himself was incredibly cultural conservative and a classics snob, so there are a lot of extended rants about kids these days, and how this newfangled science bs is a waste of time. Which I mostly found pretty funny. There are a lot of early science concepts and science fiction/fantasy concepts that were really interesting. He's got an amazing grudge against the Dutch! The ending is very, very effectively creepy.

The Castle of Otranto: Absolute crack. The author was a bored rich kid and made this trope soup of a book that accidentally kicked off the gothic thing. Wall to wall crack, very short, worth a tumble.

The War of the Worlds: Another one I read recently and think is worth a look, especially for some of the very early SF concepts.

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