Saturday, June 29, 2013

Loneliness and Books About the Great Beyond

     
     I have some terrible, terrible news, everyone: my blogging partner Grace is away at sleepaway camp, where she will be deprived of Wifi, cell service and electricity (?) for the whole summer.  This means that, despite my crippling loneliness, the job of keeping this blog going will fall to me and only me for the next two and a half months.   I am very much afraid.
     But don't worry!  We can make this work.  In honor of my current desolate state of mind my first post of the summer is going to be a list of great books about heroes who travel in time and space - a very lonely occupation, I've heard.  
     
1. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: I am currently reading this crazy collection of 5 novels and enjoying every minute.  The book follows the adventures of a group of hitchhikers of various species as they make their across the galaxy saving planets, drinking Pan-Galactic Gargle-Blasters, escaping prehistory and scouring the universe for a decent place to eat.  

2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle: This is one of the most classic and beautiful science-fiction stories of all time.  With the help of their friend Cal and a group of mystical beings called Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which, outcasts Meg and her little brother Charles Wallace go on an adventure across the universe to rescue their father who went missing while he was studying the mysterious "tesserae."


3.  The Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale: This fast-paced and unpredictable series documents the life of a boy who, with the help of other Travelers, journeys from world to world to prevent the evil Saint Dane from sending all of Hallah into chaos.  


4.  Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card:  No, there is no time travel or planet-hopping in this book, but it is set in a cold space academy meant to train boys to fight a race of insect-like aliens who threaten to overrun our world and it is perfectly angsty and depressing.


5.  Doctor Who:  YES IT'S A TV SHOW BUT IT IS A QUINTESSENTIAL 'LONELY TIME TRAVELER' STORY AND YOU CAN'T MAKE ME LEAVE IT OUT.


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Love and wibbley-wobbley timey-wimey,
Carly