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So you o to Wal Mart to buy your roceries because it s so damn cheap but then you realize Wal Mart is hiring very few full time employees and not offering reasonable health care to its employees and it s walking employees through the process of how to et Medicare not to mention they re closing down small businesses by exploiting foreign economies to Nobody Else get the lowest possible fucking cost so Wal Mart s making YOU pay medical benefits for ITS employees and replacingood jobs with shitty ones and you don t want to support that not to mention most of their food comes from the big corporations that have copyrighted their What She Really Wants for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze grains and are in the process of pushing small farms out of business by suing them for copyright infringement after their seeds blow onto the smaller farmer s land so you decide to shop somewhere else and isn t it time too organic anyway so you drive over to Trader Joe s and load up your cart that feeling of Protecting Holly guilt finally subsidingSo youet home and you unload your reusable bags and load up the fridge and then as you slide a boxed pizza into the freezer you see printed across the bottom Made in ItalySo now you re shopping for your Unexpected Bride (The Wedding Party, groceries at a different store from where you do the rest of your shopping adding to your carbon footprint not to mention they re transporting your pizzas across half the fucking earth before they land on your shelf So you may not be selling out your next door neighbor but now you re shitting a big one right on Mother Earth s face You head down to the local farmer s market and buy some little pygmy apples the size of clementines and they re all weird colors but they re from some local farm and you buy some locally made bread and buy some wait what is this Red Bull Doritos All of a sudden you realize only the fruit here is local and some of the bread so you find another farmer across town you can buy beef from and another farmer who you canet pork from and now you re buying all locally and driving all over God s red desert to Introducing Archaeology, Second Edition get everything you need and spending twice what you did at Wal Mart and spending half your saturday collecting food Now you re contributing to the local economy and notiving money to the The Best Man (Alpha Men, giant food corporations that are trying to push small farms out of business but you re still driving all over to buy the shit and burning through petroleum like a motherfucker Face it when it comes to the continuity of life on this planet you are a pest You re the renegade cell eating away at all of the nice and friendly cells around you I know I m not telling you anything new right now you ve seen The Matrix you ve heard about overpopulationlobal warming oil spills and you know how totally absolutely fucked polar bears are right now but it s always been like that ever since you were born and we keep coming up with new sciences so inevitably something will come up to save the day right We ll take some polar bear DNA and store it and once we re all caught up with Jurassic Park technologies we ll bring em back And by the time we et to there we ll be able to stop raising cows we can just raise steaks little flat cows that don t have brains don t have needs other than maybe watering them and spooning nutrients into their slack mouths and sea urchin like chicken creatures without any minds that we can make into chicken fingers and none of them will feel a thing so there won t be any uestion ethically speaking right RightDon t hit me up with your playing God argument because that S Bullshit We Play God When We bullshit We play God when we a angrenous leg when we remove a tumor when we brush our fucking teeth So what is really wrong with rowing steaks in soil and not raising cows in huge concentration camps where they hang out in their own shit all day What s wrong with doing away with coffins and simply mulching our loved ones They re oing in the dirt either wayI This is the second dystopia Atwood has written and I think it s less successful than The Handmaid s Tale Her vision here is of a not too distant future in which the US is divided into corporate owned The Quest of the Holy Grail gated communities where the biotech companies owners and highly paid skilled workforce live and the lawless sprawling urban wasteland where everyone else lives Unlike virtually every other Atwood book I know of the two main characters are male The narrator Jimmy and his childhood friend Crakerow up inside one of the Dead Taboo gated communities bonding over Internet pornography and shared cynicism As Crakerows up it becomes evident that he is a Mischief 24/7 (Sunshine Girls, genius so heets acce One Generation AwayI find it difficult to tell whether Atwood s dystopian fantasies are meant as constructive social criticism or as sarcastic prophecy Recent headlines suggest that her prophetic skills dominate and with them her anticipatory sarcasmIn the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the MeToo movement for example the British actress Joanna Lumley is reported to be fervently hoping that not all men are bad As Spencer Tracey said in the 1955 Film Inherit The Wind When Told By The Trial Judge Inherit the Wind when told by the trial judge the Scopes monkey case that he hoped that Tracey wasn t mocking the court Your Honor has every right to hope So no Joanna it s hard to find a The Subtle Beauty good one but pleaseo on hopingI think it s fair to say that there is little hope for males in Oryx and Crake Certainly not for the protagonists of JimmySnowman nor the eponymous Crake who are both thoroughly misogynistic from puberty onwards They humiliate females in their fascination with kiddie porn and their fantasy of women as either saints or incompetents But the obliue references to male oppressors Having Tanner Bravos Baby (Bravo Family, goes far beyond the characters of the story If I interpret Atwood correctly she includes Adam Smith Moses Freud Darwin Gandhi and perhaps even theenetic scientists Watson and Crick as symbols of a male dominated corporatocracy And she s undoubtedly right The XY When Da Silva Breaks the Rules (Blood Brothers, genetic make up is clearly defective After all how does one otherwise explain the recent tragedy in Toronto in which ten people were killed and another fifteen seriously injured This insane atrocity was carried out by a so called incel that is an involuntarily celibate male His murderousrievance was against women because they found him sexually unattractive His considered strategy for revenge was random homicide by motor vehicle One such nut case would be embarrassing for man kind but it is reported that than 40000 men subscribe to a Facebook account which promotes an Incel MovementAtwood s anticipation of the Incels is remarkable Crake is a Jim Jones type of scientific The Billionaires Runaway Bride genius who is responsible for a world wideenetic make over Part of the Crakian enetic re design for humanity thereby cre. Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future Snowman known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human Oryx and CrakeE execution was fatally flawed I don t know much about science but I do know that some of the research was wrong and the timelines don t add up She seemed like she researched just enough to be able to throw words around but not enough to use them correctly a little knowledge is a dangerous thing The biggest problem was the characters though three such utterly unsympathetic main characters do not make it easy to like anything about the story Crake was a rabid dog that needed to be put down a lot sooner than he was Oryx was probably insane and too cold to make you care and Snowman was just too damn stupid Also characters that you meet while they re watching child porn to me means that they should be first in line for the electric chair not that I should care about their personal problemsThe biggest problem I have with Atwood though is a problem that seems to be systemic in her works she s so bloody arrogant When you open one of her books you re immediately hit in the face by a thought bubble She is writing World Changing Literature and you should rovel before her Caught on Camera with the CEO genius You have to dig through layers of ego just toet to the plot She has talent no doubt but she is so full of herself and her ability to be a Literary Writer that you miss the book forest for the literary trees Also also she probably thought that ending was clever but it was in fact a cop out She was bored with the book she wanted to end it so she did It must be convenient to not have to actually tie up her loose ends In summary I am clearly too much of a plebeian to appreciate the full extent of her Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, genius and I should crawl back to the benighted hole from whence I came I wonder if all Margaret Atwoods books are like this one Having read Oryx and Crake and The Handmaid s Tale I am curious now how many other ways of horrifying me she has up her sleeve Oryx and Crake is a dystopian or as Atwood calls it herself a speculative fiction novel set in a future whereenetic engineering rules the world The story is told from the POV of Snowman a seemingly last Homo sapiens sapiens on Earth He is surrounded by the new breed of humans passive docile Children of Crake who are physically flawless void of envy and jealousy do not understand violence or sexual drive unable to be artistic or comprehend technology As the story progresses through Snowman s recollections we Arabian Nights gradually learn the seuence of events leading to the fall of humanity as he knew it and Snowman s own contribution to it The structure of the book is very similar to that of The Handmaid s Tale So if you liked the writing style of that book with constant shift of tenses past and present mingled together you ll enjoy Oryx and Crake too Once again Atwood takes a current trend this time it s biogenetic engineering and extrapolates it to an insane extent creating a horrifying world of social disparity violenceenetic hybrids raging man made viruses The author s imagination is limitless her command of English language is mind blowing This book is so much than a science fiction novel that it so often labeled It is a deeply philosophical book that raises numerous uestions is it wise to artificially alter something created and perfected by Nature over millions of years does a man have a right to engineer a perfect human and decide who lives and who dies or is there such a thing as a perfect humanJust like The Handmaid s Tale the ending is uncertain The fate of Snowman and humanity is uestionable humanJust like The Handmaid s Tale the ending is uncertain The fate of Snowman and humanity is uestionable the humanity survive Will Crakers overtake Are Crakers really what Crake intended them to be the perfect beings There are no answers and I am happy there aren t This book is not intended to tell us what is right and what is wrong rather it makes us think about what might beReading challenge 13 3 of 5 Sometimes I m torn between wishing I could Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place get alimpse inside Atwood s mind and thinking that might be absolutely terrifying Oryx and Crake is an exceptionally weird novel that left me baffled stunned and even disgusted however as time went o How can someone make up such a fascinating and terrifying story Wow I absolutely loved it It took me some time to take this book from my book shelves it was there already some time it seemed a bit weird but after having read the Handmaid s Tale I took up the challenge and it was well well worthed An apocalyptic story about a Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss guy who seems to have remained as the sole human alive after an epidemic catastrophy leading to mankindoing down Together with the weird Crake s children he survives and it s tough The story alternates beween his youth and past and the apocalyptic world in which he has to survive and the story leads up slowly to the events that lead to the catastrophy Highly recommended and highly fascinating It took me some time to read it as I did not have much time to read but every page was worthed and it was even worthwhile taking everything in intensively in stead of reading fast I am now officially a big fan of Margaret Atwood and looking forward to read the seuel What a fantastic dystopia awaits Our post apocalyptic fate will surely be a wonder to behold Atwood BUILDS UP when any other sensible writer writing today about the doomed future would simply TEAR DOWN In this compulsively readable novel the fabulous formula borrows some ingredients from such classic books as The Island of Dr Moreau Jurassic Park The Road and Never Let Me Go derive from the same line of thought as it It s basically SUPERIOR to all of those books save Maybe The Fourth In Bringing the fourth in bringing much imagination to the forefront it Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, gives usood evidence that Always You great lasting literature does not have to be boring Inventing a Whole New World creating an Origin tale establishing a stream of consciousness whichives up to the reader enough clues to continue on his way to unravel the secret at the center of the novel Who is the elusive Oryx Who is the mysterious Crake Miss Atwood does it all not a single page disappoints Seriously Here is a rare example of chaos being handled with expert skillIt is WAY accessible it should be mentioned than the often overpraised Handmaid s Tale which is as feminist a tale as this modern novel is humanist Individualism of the 80 s in strict contrast with the Globalization of the 10 s Animal hybrids new species are invented as are whole new words and classification Atwood is intrepid in the creation of this fun original terrain which is in itself a theme of the novel And let s not forget to mention a fresh plot heavy with allegory but also as effortless as air in both the elements of comedy and surprise It is a book as exotic as any blue assed member of the Children of CrakeTop 100. Derness that was so recently a Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, great city until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolledenetic engineering ride Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagini.

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Ating the children of Crake is the ritualization of sexual activity so that males don t feel bad when rejected by prospective female mates Otherwise the world would continue to be plagued by the single man at the window drinking himself into oblivion to the mournful strains of the tango But such things could escalate into violence Extreme emotions could be lethal If I can t have you nobody will and so forth Death could set in As a solution the losers in courtship rituals in Crake s new world immediately lose all sexual desire as well as their Lucy Carmichael glowing blue penises as soon as they receive the negative news Men are pigs and are in need of fundamental reconstruction in other words even by their own assessmentOr accurately men are pigoons according to Atwood s story line Pigoons are one of the many new species created by modernenetic splicing In this case of pigs and raccoons Other varieties include rakunks snats wolvogs bobkittens spoat Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti giders and rabbits thatlow with the One-Click Buy genes of jellyfish These invasive and predatory animals are mis attributed as the Children of Oryx This is another misogynistic swipe since Oryx is an Asianirl sold into slavery who becomes both a porn star and Jimmy s feminine muse a dig at Jung whenever he has enough booze to stimulate alcoholic hallucinationsOne might think that Atwood s literary reach might have exceeded her intellectual Redeeming Claire grasp in conceiving such strange creatures as pigoons But in today s news appears the astounding announcement that pigs brains are now being kept alive outside their bodies The scientists involved apparently all of them men believe that it is possible to repeat this remarkable feat with any mammal And that therefore inter species splicing is indeed feasible Human immortality some believe is at hand The children of Crake indeed human beings hope they can stick their souls into someone else some new version of themselves and live on forever It is not just theirenes that are uestionable Male minds are philosophically harmful in their rationalization of male power as beneficial in an Invisible Hand sort of way The benign logic of competitive personal ambition for advancement for reputation for wealth for making the world better is a mere excuse for power seeking The male mind is warped in its essential isolationism He Jimmy wanted to be himself alone uniue self created and self sufficient The uest for power ensures only one thing an increase in the destructiveness of power Another way of saying the same thing an increase in power reuires exploitation of the environment of animals and of other people particularly of women Someone or something always loses in the competitive hormonal struggle Crake made the Great Emptiness say the menThe zero sum Return to Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles game in the male dominated world is enshrined by the children of Crake in its creational mythology Crake made the bones of the Children of Crake out of the coral on the beach and then he made their flesh out of a mango But the Children of Oryx hatched out of an egg aiant egg laid by Oryx herself Actually she laid two eggs one full of animals and birds and fish and the other one full of words But the egg full of words hatched first and the Children of Crake had already been created by then and they d eaten up all the words because they were hungry and so there were no words left over when the second egg hatched out And that is why the animals can t talk Crake in other words not only eliminated sexual rivalry he also destroyed the possibility of intelligent conversation Even Jimmy his disciple and uondam advertising copywriter recognizes the profundity of the loss Hang on to the words he tells himself The odd words the old words the rare ones Valance Norn Serendipity Pibroch Lubricious When they re Fractured Memory gone out of his head these words they ll beone everywhere forever As if they had never been Crake s debasing of language is actually part of an ideology The whole world is now one vast uncontrolled experiment the way it always was Crake would have said and the doctrine of unintended conseuences is in full spate This ideology is I think the central theme of Oryx and Crake It is an ideology of chaos of irrational rationalistic inuiry and technological development AN IDEOLOGY WHICH CONFORMS TO THE ideology which conforms to the driven strangeness of masculine nature The latest headlines from California about Bill Cosby s conviction make it difficult to disagree with Atwood at any point I had read Year of the Flood not realizing that it was a seuel to Oryx and Crake Thus a desire to see what else was in store in this post apocalyptic vision Atwood portrays a world in which short sightedness causes a major lobal collapse in civilization We travel with a few which short sightedness causes a major lobal collapse in civilization We travel with a few through the transition from bad to unimaginable and see what might happen if we continue along some of the paths we now trod Genetic engineering is at the core here and along with it flows a consideration of what it means to be human Are the highly engineered tribe of innocents still human Are pigs with human brain elements at least partly people Where should lines be drawn in our capacity to modify reality Classic uestions of the Make-Believe Family genre for sure The if thisoes on notion extends to political and security issues as well as scientific ones I felt at times that the book was addressed to a young audience maybe a cut above YA That stems at least in part on the story s focus on young characters It was a very uick engaging read I liked the book and it addresses real issues Having read two in the series I am looking forward to a promised thirdDecember 52019 Daily Beast Feral Hogs Terrorize Senior Citizens in Texas by Tracy Connor Makes one wonder I am calling complete and total bullshit There are so many things wrong with this book that it s hard bullshit There are so many things wrong with this book that it s hard know where to begin For starters the idea of having a couple of different timelines Major Attraction (Harlequin Blaze going at once and shift tenses according present tense for the present regular past tenses for the past causes some seriousrammatical problems and is an utter BS plot device I m not a huge fan of telling a story through flashbacks but it can be done reasonably while retaining proper Carlos and Diego (Story World) grammar It s not brain surgeryI admit that I went into this book predisposed not to like it for a variety of reasons I didn t like The Blind Assassin yes I might be the only person IN THE WORLD who can say that but I thought that I should be fair andive an author another chance before I make up my mind I also More to Love generally dislike dystopic literature because it s so rarely done right Her basic idea was kind of interesting if done better in Richard Matheson s I Am Legend and even that had its problems but th. Nd mourning the loss of his best friend Crake and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved In search of answers Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of thereen eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wil. ,

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