Hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best, Six Degrees of Separation selects a new novel on the first Saturday of each month. That novel is linked to six other books to form a chain, and readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ from the selected book.
This month, we’re starting with Murmur by Will Eaves.
Murmur is a fictional account of Alan Turing’s life following his arrest and chemical castration, and my first link takes us to Speak by Louisa Hall. This is a fantastic novel that features five interlinked narratives that show how AI may come to be developed, and one of the perspectives used in the novel is that of Alan Turing, widely regarded as the father of theoretical computer science.
While reading Speak, I was reminded of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas due to the structure of the novel. Like Speak, Cloud Atlas, has separate characters from different time periods whose stories are all interlinked. It also uses a variety of writing styles, including journals, letters etc. Cloud Atlas is one of those novels that seems to polarise opinions, but it’s one of my personal favourites.
Clouds bring to mind weather, and my next link
is a little tenuous is to Joe Hill’s Strange Weather. This is a collection of four short stories that is waiting patiently on my TBR to be read! I love Joe Hill’s writing though, so I’m looking forward to reading this.
Joe Hill is, of course, the son of Stephen King, and so my next link takes us to Salem’s Lot. I find King’s novels to be a little hit and miss, but this is one that I particularly enjoyed.
Sticking with the vampire theme, I’ve gone to my one of my favourite vampire novels, which is crying for a reread – Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. I saw the film first, and I think that this may be the only book to film adaptation where I can’t honestly say which I prefer! That’s partly because I haven’t read or seen it for so long though.
Continuing with movie adaptations, Tom Cruise, who so brilliantly portrayed the vampire, Lestat, was also in an adaptation of H. G. Wells’ classic, The War of the Worlds. I’ve not actually read this, so I can’t comment on how successful an adaptation it is, but the movie was deliciously dark.
So there you have it, from Murmur to The War of the Worlds in six steps. Let me know if you’ve had a go at this – I’d love to know where your links take you 🙂