Six Degrees of Separation: From Evolution to Utopia

Six Degrees of Separation is hosted by Kate over at Books are My Favorite and Best. The rules are simple. A book is announced and you link it by author, genre, themes, settings, etc.

I haven’t done a Six Degrees of Separation in quite some time. The few times I’ve done it in the past, I used a lot of ink and paper to come up my list. But for some reason this list came to me and was finished in about 30 minutes. Without further adieu, let’s get to to it. And, read til the end for the Question of the Day.

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When I read the description of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, I immediately thought of John McWhorter because really what pairs better with a book about how the state of punctuation is in peril than a book about words on the move?

John McWhorter’s Words on the Move: Why English Won’t – and Can’t – Sit Still (Like, Literally) is about how the English language is constantly changing and why we should embrace its transformation.

And since we’re talking about evolution, I thought why not hop on over to Sapiens: A Graphic History, Volume 1: The Birth of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

My next jump also seemed really logical to me. A devolution of sorts. Zombies. The Walking Dead by Tony Moore & Robert Kirkman.

I’m sticking with zombies for the fourth jump and adding a little science fiction with Zone One by Colson Whitehead. FYI: If you have read it yet, you should really check out The Nickel Boys. (End Ted Talk).

While we’re on science fiction let’s talk about the granddaddy dystopian literature – We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. This was one of my favorite books of 2019. And, if you’ve read Orwell, Bradbury, Huxley, Ernest Cline or the next author you’ll see some distinct similarities.

The sixth and final jump is to The Giver by Lois Lowry.

QOTD: There are lots of books written about utopian societies, but after taking a closer look they don’t seem very utopian. If you could truly live in a Utopian society what would it look like?

Well, that’s it for this Six Degrees of Separation. As always I had a blast. Thanks for reading.

One thought on “Six Degrees of Separation: From Evolution to Utopia

  1. Davida Chazan July 5, 2021 / 1:46 am

    Well… that really was an interesting chain… evolution to devolution.


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