For banned book week, I’m doing five mini-reviews of my favorites off the ALA (American Library Association) list. I don’t really do reviews, so these will be short and simple. But there’s so many other places you can look if you want detail, by more experienced reviewers than me.

Recommendation 1:

Slaughterhouse-Five; Kurt Vonnegut

I can’t recommend anything by Vonnegut enough. The man is awesome. Weird, though. Very weird. His  books are full of unbelievable absurdities, strange and  helpless characters struggling against their fate, all woven together with dark humor. Slaughterhouse-Five is one of my favorites, and other Vonnegut fans seem to agree with me. This book has one of the oddest kinds of time-travel I’ve ever read, some peculiar aliens, and the struggle against despair that is war.

“And so it goes…” – Vonnegut

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

5 responses »

  1. letizia says:

    A wonderful summary of the experience of reading this book!

  2. A.M.B. says:

    I love Vonnegut, too, and I also decided to re-read Slaughterhouse-Five this week. It’s amazing the level of controversy this book has sparked.

    • caitlinstern says:

      Most reasons I see for banning books seem to boil down to ‘no sense of humor.’ They take themselves–and the books–too seriously. Any people like that aren’t going to get Vonnegut at all.

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