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Margaret attwood

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marissab Thu 25-Apr-13 17:54:09

I adore handmaids tale. I love the futuristic 1984-ish bleak future themes. Are her other books along the same themes? I don't know whether they'll live up to HMT.

mum2jakie Thu 25-Apr-13 17:57:32

None are quite as good as HMT in my opinion but Oryx and Crake is a similar dystopian book which you should enjoy or After the flood - again on similar lines.

Much of her early work is completely different to HMT.

MrsKwazii Thu 25-Apr-13 18:01:45

I love the HMT too, and agree with Mum2 that her others are very different. Oryx and Crake and After the Flood are companion books - characters and events are reflected in each. Best to read O&C first then ATF, they are good.

I also like her short story collections - Wilderness Tips and Blubeard's Egg are very good and would give you a flavour of whether you'd like her other non sci-fi novels. There's always a bleakness of character and situation through all of her work I find, cheery stuff wink

KittenofDoom Thu 25-Apr-13 19:30:48

I enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale, but couldn't get into Oryx and Crake at all and abandoned it without much hesitation.

TheOrchardKeeper Thu 25-Apr-13 19:33:13

Loved After The Flood, which I read after Handmaid's Tale.

Didn't get on with Oryx & Crake though. Not read any others yet but definitely recommend ATF. Stayed with me a long time after reading smile

FringeEvent Thu 25-Apr-13 19:41:52

Oooh, I'm reading The Handmaid's Tale at the moment! And absolutely loving it, it's the most gripping book I've read in ages. Fantastic writing style, it's so poetic. Watching this thread closely for further recommendations...

BrienneOfTarth Thu 25-Apr-13 19:42:45

"Alias Grace" is very good. A chilling twist at the end, very well written.

AnyFucker Thu 25-Apr-13 19:47:17

My favourite author smile

Try "Cat's Eye" too

SanityClause Thu 25-Apr-13 19:49:32

Also The Robber Bride.

But The Handmaid's Tale is my favourite, as well.

JimbosJetSet Thu 25-Apr-13 19:52:21

I love Margaret Attwood. 'The Blind Assassin' is my favourite book of all time I think. I also recommend 'Alias Grace.' Enjoy!

SerenaJoy Thu 25-Apr-13 19:56:08

Handmaid's Tale is one of my favourite books, I re-read it on a regular basis blush

Also love Alias Grace and Cat's Eye. I need to read them again too!

AnyFucker Thu 25-Apr-13 19:58:21

Would it be too boastful to say here that Margaret Atwood once re-tweeted me ?

Oops, too late wink

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 25-Apr-13 19:59:21

I really liked HMT and agree that none of her others are anywhere near as good. 'Alias Grace' is good apart from the last couple of chapters, which are silly imho. O&C I disliked intensely, though I quite liked After The Flood.

I gave up on, 'Cat's Eye' because I was really irritated by the characters and gave up on, 'The Blind Assassin' three times because I just can't get into it.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 25-Apr-13 20:00:11

Wonders if I am too insignificant to be next to AnyFucker in this thread. smile

AnyFucker Thu 25-Apr-13 20:02:27

You may post next to me, Remus wink

< seriously was one of the highlights of my online life >

Meringue33 Thu 25-Apr-13 20:03:30

Love them all. Oryx and Crake may be my all time favourite sci fi book

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 25-Apr-13 20:03:35

The highlight of mine was Gordon Brown replying to my question on here!

AnyFucker Thu 25-Apr-13 20:04:37

Was it about biscuits, Remus ?

A claim to fame is a claim to fame don't knock it smile

SerenaJoy Thu 25-Apr-13 20:08:27

[jealous of AnyFucker]

I met her at a book signing once, she is amazing. I had to stop myself from clinging to her skirts and begging her to adopt me.

AnyFucker Thu 25-Apr-13 20:10:11

I would do that, Serena, seriously I would. I go into stoopid Hero Worship mode at the mention of her name. The talent of her !

steben Thu 25-Apr-13 20:12:06

I bloody love MA - and really rate both oryx and crake and year of the flood - the final part of the trilogy is out in sept and I am beside myself with anticipation!

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 25-Apr-13 20:12:14

Nope, I don't think I'd dribble over Mags. I probably WOULD lose all control in the presence of Germaine Greer though, because I think she is gorgeous.

SerenaJoy Thu 25-Apr-13 20:16:06

Me too AF. It's sort of depressing in a way - I used to harbour aspirations of writing something myself, but reading MA makes me realise how thick I actually am, and how much of a genius she is! grin and sad

chibi Thu 25-Apr-13 20:17:43

my husband knocked her over in london once (by accident) in a church

she was v graceful about it

ThePathanKhansAmnesiac Thu 25-Apr-13 20:17:55

Yes I love her too. The Blind Assassin made me weep, just brilliant,Remus please, please try again, you will just love it.

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