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Apocalypse Reading 451

February 13, 2013

In the introduction to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton, the graphic novel adaptation of one of my favorite required readings in High School, Fahrenheit 451… Ray Bradbury says this:

“Finally, may I suggest that anyone reading this introduction should take the time to name the one book that he or she would most want to memorize and protect from any censors or ‘firemen.’ And not only name the book, but give the reasons why they would wish to memorize it and why it would be a valuable asset to be recited and remembered in the future.”

So I present this list of books I’d want to save from the apocalypse. These are in no particular order, and it was hard to narrow down.

Dreams of a Dark Warrior

Dreams of a Dark Warrior

Book Title: Dreams of a Dark Warrior

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Romance (Paranormal), Fantasy

Premise: A Valkyrie named Regin the Radiant meets and is claimed by a Berserker named Aidan the Fierce. He wishes to gain immortality to wed and be with Regin, but after one night together his is murdered. Reincarnated over and over and suffering the same fate, now a man named Declan Chase works toward destroying all immortals, including Regin.

Why I Would Memorize It: Fantastic blend of story and romance, this book is actually awesome. It adds actual depth to the paranormal romance genre (and romance novels in general) that you almost never see.

Why It Would Be Valuable: Imagine if you took good romance and set is as a standard for the romance genre. “This is the kind of fiction they used to have”. New writers would need to top it. It would do to Romance what LotR did to fantasy: set standards way high.

Dexter / National Pokédex

Dexter / National Pokédex

Yes, I’m serious.

Book Title: The National Pokédex

Author: Pokémon / Tajiri / Miyamoto / Nintendo

Genre: Reference

Premise: A database of all creatures in the Pokémon world. Includes things such as Height / Weight, type, and descriptions. Also includes moves they can learn and when / how.

Why I Would Memorize It: With the first 493 down, I’m off to a good start. I love Pokémon, and used to be the most knowledgeable person on the series (games) next to a Professor.

Why It Would Be Valuable: Say we’re in a post-apocalyptic world in which no one knows anything about the creatures from the past. Or a post-nuclear war era. Say I am the only one who can recite an ENCYCLOPEDIA of animals. Our next generation’s history and science books would all be based on the idea that we used to live in a Pokémon-inhabited world. It would be awesome.

The Useless Information Series

Useless Information

Book Title: The Useless Information Books – The Amazing Book of Useless Information

Author: Noel Botham / The Useless Information Society

Genre: Trivia, Humor

Premise: The subtitle says it all: More Things You Didn’t Need To Know But Are About To Find Out. It’s literally a bathroom-sized book of random trivia.

Why I Would Memorize It: I love useless trivia (see the last entry about memorizing the entire Pokédex).

Why It Would Be Valuable: It might not be. But I’d be great at parties.

Bradbury adds at the end of the Intro:

Bradbury adds at the end of the Intro:

“I think this would make for a lively session when my readers meet and tell the books they named and memorized, and why.” -Ray Bradbury, July 2009

So I had John from MinZ Maille give me his answer.

Ender's Game

Ender’s Game

Book Title: Ender’s Game

Author: Orson Scott Card

Genre: Science Fiction

Premise: In a galactic war, child geniuses are trained to fight for the military. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is chosen to be sent to the military in place of his abusive brother Peter and his sweet sister Valentine. Ender is at the top of his classes, becoming a child General for Earth. He suffers from all kinds of isolation by his peers and intense psychological turmoil, all the while trying to stop a war with an alien race called the Buggers.

Why He Would Memorize It: Pure love for the book.

Why It Would Be Valuable: A lot of great strategy and compelling story.

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