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A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin
Japan at War: An Oral History
Haruko Taya Cook, Theodore F. Cook
Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin
Leon Uris
Falling Free (Vorkosigan Saga, #4)
Lois McMaster Bujold
Century Rain
Alastair Reynolds
The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty
Caroline Alexander
Rite of Passage
Alexei Panshin
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
Laurence Bergreen
The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad
Harrison E. Salisbury
The Forsaken: From The Great Depression To The Gulags: Hope And Betrayal In Stalin's Russia
Tim Tzouliadis
The Space Merchants - Frederik Pohl, C.M. Kornbluth This is a book that has aged well. The first half is way better than the last one and the prose seems somewhat disjointed in the second half comparatively, but even then this was a good experience.

It has a dystopian setting where the world is divided essentially in two parts. The producers and the consumers. Mitchell Courtenay works with Fowler Schocken Associates which is an advertising agency and is assigned the ad campaign that would attract colonists to Venus; more accurately, duping them to believe what an opportunity and comfort Venus presented.

While the story is interesting in itself, I was more fascinated by the backdrop that Pohl and Kornbluth created with extraordinary flair and brilliance - and that too 59 years ago!

Let me just give you a glimpse of that world.

There is immense air pollution and people either use soot-extractor nostril plugs or a bulky oxygen helmet outdoors. Over population is a major problem and space is so dear that ordinary people sleep on stairs of high-rise buildings. Meat is grown chemically and harvested to feed ever growing population. Water is scarce and very expensive and so on.

Again consider the fact that this book was written 59 years ago, so it was really really way ahead of its time. And to top it all off, the tone is satirical.

A very strong 3 stars.