Everything You Think You Think Because Somebody Promoted the Ideas.
2013-05-16 06:04:52 by Skaren
I'm going to read all of the Kurt Vonnegut books and update this with every one that I finish.
Slaughterhouse-Five (or Children's Crusade: a Duty Dance With Death): Vonnegut's most famous novel, written in a non-linear way that really affected the character's growth by switching back and forth through how he had developed, what he had developed from, and what he was like in the end. The character goes through a lot of interesting changes. 8.5/10
Hocus Pocus: Possibly Vonnegut's longest novel, definitely my favorite so far, written in a somewhat similar way to Slaughterhouse-Five, but is broken up by sizes of paper it was written on as well as normal paragraphs, making it feel like you're reading paragraphs within paragraphs, which is very interesting. 9.5/10
Timequake: Vonnegut's semi-autobiographical novel centered around himself and his fictional alter-ego "Kilgore Trout," who writes many short stories. This work is written as though everyone had been shot back in time in 2001, back to 1991, where everyone then had to live their lives through to 2001 again without free will, having to do everything that they had done over again. Vonnegut himself is a character in the book who interacts with the other characters, primarily Kilgore Trout, while also referring to himself as the author of the book. 9/10
Player Piano: Vonnegut's first novel that he had published, it's set in a dystopian second industrial revolution, where machines manage themselves in all forms of life, from maintaining themselves while working in a factory to performing household chores every day in everyone's home. The machines effectively destroy all forms of jobs, as they're much more efficient than humans at doing most jobs. The protagonist is a manager, one of the few occupations left that are still prestigious, who is attempting to find some way to get out of his robot-filled life and into a more simple one. 7/10