A Game of Thrones: Book Series
The series, which debuted in 1996, quickly gained in popularity, and is currently the inspiration of the blockbuster HBO series: A Game of Thrones, which debuted in 2011 and is currently in it’s fifth season.
The first and most famous of the series is the book A Game of Thrones, which is set in a fantastical world reminiscent of the Middle Ages.
Originally published in 1937, the novel (also known as “There and Back Again”), was well received and received instant popular and critical acclaim.
Along with The Lord of the Rings audiobook trilogy, The Hobbit is one of the best-selling fantasy novels of all time, and has had a recent resurgence to the top of the best-seller list from the 3 part blockbuster film series.
The story was widely popularized by the Steven Spielberg blockbuster, released in 1993, and has recently climbed back up into the bestseller category from the new release of Jurassic World, another hit blockbuster movie.
“God creates dinosaurs, God kills dinosaurs, God creates man, man kills God, man brings back dinosaurs.”
The novel centers around the happenings at a new island research center and amusement park, where scientists have discovered a way to genetically engineer extinct dinosaur species based on DNA found within preserved mosquito fossils from the Jurassic era.
Animal Farm, written by George Orwell immediately following World War II, is one of the greatest social allegories of the 20th century. The book tells the tale of a group of animals, led by pigs Snowball and Napoleon, who revolt against the human owners of their farm and establish their own colony.
A clear connection to the Leninist-Stalinist movements in Russia and development of communism on an international scale, the novel goes through both the triumphs and corruptions of the socialist regimes.
The Catcher in the Rye
JD Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most widely acclaimed American novels of the 20th century. A coming of age story of sorts, the novel depicts the events surrounding teenager Holden Caulfield’s expulsion from prep school and ambling around New York City.
Told as a first person narrative, it is clear from the start that the main character, Holden, is not quite normal, and has extreme troubles dealing with people. At the point of being expelled, he leaves school early in desperation, and has a series of awkward social encounters as he stays in New York City rather than return home to his family.
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is an American literary classic. Written in the late 19th century, the novel is a work of historical fiction, and is set in the Puritan colony of Massachusetts in the 17th century.
The Scarlet Letter refers to the giant A (for adultery) that the main character is forced to wear after being outed as having a baby out of wedlock, with an unrevealed man. As the story goes on, it becomes clear who the lover is, as well as the long lost husband, who has returned from years away from home.