Sales of ’1984,’ ‘Animal Farm’ up more than 100 percent on Amazon -
George Orwell’s 1984 imagines a near-future dystopia in which all human activity is surveilled and most of it is controlled. Last week, the American government came under sudden, sustained scrutiny after several of its top-secret surveillance programs were revealed to the public. Today, 1984‘s sales are up 127 percent on Amazon, while a two-fer of 1984 and Animal Farm is up 314 percent.
BRB, getting our tinfoil hats fitted.
I guess that’s a good thing, right?
A couple supplemental reading suggestions (Orwell’s books are fairly short after all):
The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian — the government may be listening in on your phone calls, but at least it’s not doing this
The Facility by Simon Lelic — for your “they say they’re doing this to help you but what’s really going on” whistleblowing needs
Have a link, dears, you deserve it.
(on-sale October 29 in the US!)
That thing where the title of the book is actually a description of your reaction to the cover.
The Los Angeles Times’ Summer Reading Guide
There’s something special about summer reading, turning the pages against the breeze while basking in the sun, or filling up hours usually occupied by school with that list of novels you’ve been telling yourself you’d get to eventually.
It’s in that spirit that the Times has built its summer reading guide, a perfect starting point for those of all ages looking to cozy up with a book.
So check out our listings in their entirety here, and see if there’s anything new that sparks your interest, or enjoy the affirmation of seeing something you were already planning on reading on the list (we’re particularly excited for Marisha Pessl’s “Night Film”).
CIRCLE OF SHADOWS by Imogen Robertson is on this list, attn: historical fiction & mystery fans. This is the newest in the series the New York Times called ”CSI: Georgian England” so if you are unlucky enough to be watching tv during the blue moon that there ISN’T a CSI marathon on, maybe read a book? Maybe read this book?
Penguin STOP MAKING ME WANT ALL THE BOOKS YOU MAKE, I DON’T HAVE THE MONEY