Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So this was better than number two in the series, a bit more happening, but Bella still annoying and Edward a bit boring, I think I'm a Jacob fan, at least he has a sense of humour.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Orwell's tale of a worker's revolution gone wrong, where the "workers" are animals on Manor Farm is a classic so having never read it at school I thought I'd better round out my education. Originally written with communist Russia in mind but parallels can be found with numerous revolutions since where liberation from one set of leaders is eventually replaced by even greater tyranny.
One thing that struck me was the way the sheep drowned out any discussion with mindless bleating. By the time they'd finished chanting their slogans everyone else had forgotten what they were going to say and with repetition the animals figured well it must be right then. Even in a democracy it is common for debate to descend into slander, mindless repetition of slogans and sound bites so that no one really listens to anyone else and people with an opinion that goes against the accepted line are dismissed and given derogatory labels.
I'm glad I finally got round to reading this.