Isolation Book Club: March

This is the penultimate instalment of the Isolation Book Club. With lockdown restrictions easing up in the UK I’m planning on doing just one more of these. I might continue them, but I am retiring the title.

If you have any ideas for the new name, please let me know. 

With that out of the way, onto the books!

The Man Who Invented the Daleks: The Strange Worlds of Terry Nation by Alwyn W. Turner

I wrote a whole ramble about this book, for a more detailed description check it out.

The Man Who Invented the Daleks: The Strange Worlds of Terry Nation by Alwyn W. Turner is all about Terry Nation’s writing career. From pretty humble beginnings to creating one of Britain’s most iconic bad guys and beyond.

If you are looking for a book about him as a person, then keep looking because this one is focused on his career and the impact his writing had. As well as discussing the state of British television over the years. 

This book reignited my love for Doctor Who. After I finished it I started binge-watching old episodes. It has been a while since I last sat down to watch them. So long that I almost forgot how fun the Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. film was.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I ended up enjoying this book more than I expected.

I have a bit of a tricky relationship with the classics. Frankly, I don’t tend to enjoy them and force myself to finish them just so I can honestly say that I have read them.

Wuthering Heights almost fell into this camp, but I ended up liking it.

The story of the book follows two families, the Earnshaws and the Lintons. The two families are tied together by both love and hatred. The choices of one woman, in particular, Cathy changed not only the lives of her family both birth and marital but the lives of the next generation. 

This gothic romantic tragedy has so much dramatic tension and one hell of a captivating writing style. I understand why this is considered a classic and as of now, it is my favourite.

Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell

Remember my reignited love for Doctor Who?

Well, on top of binge-watching old episodes I started looking for tie-in novels. In my search, I found Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell.

Staring the Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble and Wilfred Mott (who is one of my favourite characters) the trio are celebrating Wilf finding a new star in the sky and having it named after him. However, there is something off about the stars as another particularly bright star joins the night sky.

With plenty of action, drama and a hint of heartbreak it is one hell of a tie-in novel. I find that sometimes tie-in books phone it in and rely on the title for folk to buy the book. This one is brilliant and I almost wish it was made into an episode. Perfect for fans of the Tenth Doctor.

Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami 

Fun fact, I finished this book last night.

This book is not for the faint of heart. It is a compilation of interviews about the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway. The worst terrorist attack on Japan since WW2, killing 13 people injuring 5,500.

These interviews are accounts given by those who survived, a few from families of the dead and even a couple by those who were in the cult behind the attack, Aum Shinrikyo. 

This book put that horrid event into perspective for me. I can not imagine the fear they felt during the attack, I hope I never do.

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