Classic Geek Lit: A Canticle For Leibowitz

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Geek culture is huge these days, but it certainly isn’t anything new.  Foundations were laid in the past and many times those foundations are worth a look of their own.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at Walter M. Miller Jr’s 1959 novel A Canticle for Leibowitz.  Some SPOILERS after the cut for a novel that is over half a century old.

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Announcing A Terry Pratchett Discworld Read-Along

Terry Pratchett, author of Discworld
Terry Pratchett, author of Discworld

In light of the recent death of fantasy-humorist writer Terry Pratchett, of whom I have had plenty to say, I am announcing here a read-through of the 40 (soon to be 41) books in the Discworld series.  Many I have read before, though some I have not.  Plus, I think I may be the only one of the Gabbing Geek contributors whose read any of his work before, but I could be wrong about that.

We’ll start at the beginning, when he was writing straight parody humor of writers like JRR Tolkien and still finding his eventual voice for the series.  The first book is The Color of Magic, one I actually have not read before, so this will be a new experience for me as well.

On a side note, while many of these novels are short, and most of them are a good, quick, fun read, I’m also an English teacher currently working my way through Infinite Jest, Shakespeare’s Othello and King John, A Canticle for Leibowitz, and the first of the Harry Bosch mystery novels, so I have no idea how often this column will appear, but for now, let’s see if we can get through the first one and go from there.