Blood Standard (Isaiah Coleridge, #1) by Laird Barron
Saved by the grace of his boss and exiled to upstate New York, Isaiah .. high expectations were met and now I just want that second book in the series. old Lawrence Block quote about what readers want from a series: The same but different. .. Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at. previous page appearing in newspapers and books, on standardized exams, and in .. Since the boss learned that Bob associated with a known ______, he fired him relationship, look at the third word, which has the same relationship to one of Suppose a bigot wished to organize a meeting in your neighborhood. Meet the new boss same as the old boss I'll tip my hat to the new constitution The more things change, the more they stay the same.
In some ways, he's a lot like Conrad Navarro, the protagonist of The Light is the Darknessa brute of a man who would have been better off being born a thousand years earlier. The writing was as I expected, grim, gruesome stuff written with a sort of poetry. Like Isaiah, I suspect Laird Barron wouldn't mind a Homburg and an overcoat, although he'd be wearing his someplace cold and desolate. If I wouldn't have been reading a physical copy, I would have highlighted half of the book on my Kindle.
Isaiah's a little more complicated than all of that, a half-Maori man haunted by his mother's death at the hands of his father when he was fifteen. Papa Coleridge is a piece of work, a career military man who went mercenary. While Isaiah wouldn't agree with, he's a lot more like his father than he'd like to admit. While I don't pretend to understand Isaiah, I understand his motivations. It brought a tear to my eye when someone asked Isaiah why he did what he did and he said "I miss my dog.
Yeah, I miss my dog too. By the time the dust is settled and the blood is dried, the case is closed but not a lot of good came of it. The classic noir ending, in fact. His conditioning is clearly incomplete.
He doesn't enjoy communal sports, solidarity services, or promiscuous sex. He doesn't even get much joy out of soma. Bernard is in love with Lenina but he doesn't like her sleeping with other men, even though "everyone belongs to everyone else". Bernard's triumphant return to utopian civilisation with John the Savage from the Reservation precipitates the downfall of the Director, who had been planning to exile him.
Bernard's triumph is short-lived. Success goes to his head. Despite his tearful pleas, he is ultimately banished to an island for his non-conformist behaviour. John — the illicit son of the Director and Linda, born and reared on the Savage Reservation "Malpais" after Linda was unwittingly left behind by her errant lover. John "the Savage", as he is often called is an outsider both on the Reservation—where the natives still practice marriage, natural birth, family life and religion—and the ostensibly civilised World State, based on principles of stability and shallow happiness.
He has read nothing but the complete works of William Shakespearewhich he quotes extensively, and, for the most part, aptly, though his allusion to the "Brave New World" Miranda's words in The Tempest takes on a darker and bitterly ironic resonance as the novel unfolds.
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The admonishments of the men of Malpais taught him to regard his mother as a whore; but he cannot grasp that these were the same men who continually sought her out despite their supposedly sacred pledges of monogamy. Because he is unwanted in Malpais, he accepts the invitation to travel back to London and is initially astonished by the comforts of the World State. However, he remains committed to values that exist only in his poetry. He first spurns Lenina for failing to live up to his Shakespearean ideal and then the entire utopian society: After his mother's death, he becomes deeply distressed with grief, surprising onlookers in the hospital.
He then ostracizes himself from society and attempts to purify himself of "sin" desirebut is finally unable to do so and hangs himself in despair.
He feels unfulfilled writing endless propaganda doggerel, and the stifling conformism and philistinism of the World State make him restive. Helmholtz is ultimately exiled to the Falkland Islands —a cold asylum for disaffected Alpha-Plus non-conformists—after reading a heretical poem to his students on the virtues of solitude and helping John destroy some Deltas' rations of soma following Linda's death.
Unlike Bernard, he takes his exile in his stride and comes to view it as an opportunity for inspiration in his writing. Lenina is promiscuous and popular but somewhat quirky in her society: She is basically happy and well-conditioned, using soma to suppress unwelcome emotions, as is expected. Lenina has a date with Bernard, to whom she feels ambivalently attracted, and she goes to the Reservation with him.
On returning to civilization, she tries and fails to seduce John the Savage. John loves and desires Lenina but he is repelled by her forwardness and the prospect of pre-marital sex, rejecting her as an " impudent strumpet ". Lenina visits John at the lighthouse but he attacks her with a whip, unwittingly inciting onlookers to do the same.
Her exact fate is left unspecified. Sophisticated and good-natured, Mond is an urbane and hyperintelligent advocate of the World State and its ethos of "Community, Identity, Stability". Among the novel's characters, he is uniquely aware of the precise nature of the society he oversees and what it has given up to accomplish its gains. Mond argues that art, literature, and scientific freedom must be sacrificed to secure the ultimate utilitarian goal of maximising societal happiness.
He defends the genetic caste system, behavioural conditioning, and the lack of personal freedom in the World State: Fanny Crowne — Lenina Crowne's friend they have the same last name because only ten thousand last names are in use in the World State. Fanny voices the conventional values of her caste and society, particularly the importance of promiscuity: Fanny then, however, warns Lenina away from a new lover whom she considers undeserving, yet she is ultimately supportive of the young woman's attraction to the savage John.
Henry Foster — One of Lenina's many lovers, he is a perfectly conventional Alpha male, casually discussing Lenina's body with his coworkers. His success with Lenina, and his casual attitude about it, infuriate the jealous Bernard. Henry ultimately proves himself every bit the ideal World State citizen, finding no courage to defend Lenina from John's assaults despite having maintained an uncommonly longstanding sexual relationship with her. Benito Hoover — Another of Lenina's lovers.
She remembers that he is particularly hairy when he takes his clothes off. His plans take an unexpected turn, however, when Bernard returns from the Reservation with Linda see below and John, a child they both realize is actually his.
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This fact, scandalous and obscene in the World State not because it was extramarital which all sexual acts are but because it was procreative, leads the Director to resign his post in shame. Despite following her usual precautions, Linda became pregnant with the Director's son during their time together and was therefore unable to return to the World State by the time that she found her way to Malpais.
Having been conditioned to the promiscuous social norms of the World State, Linda finds herself at once popular with every man in the pueblo because she is open to all sexual advances and also reviled for the same reason, seen as a whore by the wives of the men who visit her and by the men themselves who come to her nonetheless. Linda is desperate to return to the World State and to soma, wanting nothing more from her remaining life than comfort until death.
He is blond, short, broad-shouldered, and has a booming voice. Darwin Bonaparte is known for two other works: He renews his fame by filming the savage, John, in his newest release "The Savage of Surrey". Others[ edit ] Freemartins: These women have been deliberately made sterile by exposure to male hormones during fetal development but still physically normal except for "the slightest tendency to grow beards. Although he reinforces the behaviour that causes hatred for Linda in Malpais by sleeping with her and bringing her mescalhe still holds the traditional beliefs of his tribe.
In his early years John also attempts to kill him. He gave Linda a copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare.
Mitsima, an elder tribal shaman who also teaches John survival skills such as rudimentary ceramics specifically coil potswhich were traditional to Native American tribes and bow-making. Background figures[ edit ] These are non-fictional and factual characters who lived before the events in this book, but are of note in the novel: Henry Fordwho has become a messianic figure to the World State.
It is also strongly implied that citizens of the World State believe Freud and Ford to be the same person. Ivan Petrovich Pavlovwhose conditioning techniques are used to train infants. William Shakespearewhose banned works are quoted throughout the novel by John, "the Savage". Mustapha Mond also knows them because as a World Controller he has access to a selection of books from throughout history, including the Bible.
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Thomas Robert Malthus19th century British economist, believed the people of the Earth would eventually be threatened by their inability to raise enough food to feed the population.
In the novel, the eponymous character devises the contraceptive techniques Malthusian belt that are practiced by women of the World State. John Henry Newman19th century Catholic theologian and educator, believed university education the critical element in advancing post-industrial Western civilization.
Mustapha Mond and The Savage discuss a passage from one of Newman's books. Alfred MondBritish industrialist, financier and politician. He is the namesake of Mustapha Mond  Sources of names and references[ edit ] The limited number of names that the World State assigned to its bottle-grown citizens can be traced to political and cultural figures who contributed to the bureaucratic, economic, and technological systems of Huxley's age, and presumably those systems in Brave New World.The Who Won't get fooled again
Huxley's remarkable book",  and Bertrand Russell also praised it, stating, "Mr. Aldous Huxley has shown his usual masterly skill in Brave New World. Chesterton explained that Huxley was revolting against the "Age of Utopias". Much of the discourse on man's future before was based on the thesis that humanity would solve all economic and social issues. In the decade following the war the discourse shifted to an examination of the causes of the catastrophe.
The works of H.
Wells and George Bernard Shaw on the promises of socialism and a World State were then viewed as the ideas of naive optimists. Men like Ford or Mond seemed to many to have solved the social riddle and made capitalism the common good. But it was not native to us; it went with a buoyant, not to say blatant optimism, which is not our negligent or negative optimism. Much more than Victorian righteousness, or even Victorian self-righteousness, that optimism has driven people into pessimism.
For the Slump brought even more disillusionment than the War. A new bitterness, and a new bewilderment, ran through all social life, and was reflected in all literature and art. It was contemptuous, not only of the old Capitalism, but of the old Socialism. Brave New World is more of a revolution against Utopia than against Victoria.
While the World State lacks any supernatural-based religions, Ford himself is revered as the creator of their society but not as a deity, and characters celebrate Ford Day and swear oaths by his name e.
In this sense, some fragments of traditional religion are present, such as Christian crosses, which had their tops cut off to be changed to a "T". Any residual unhappiness is resolved by an antidepressant and hallucinogenic drug called soma. The biological techniques used to control the populace in Brave New World do not include genetic engineering ; Huxley wrote the book before the structure of DNA was known.
However, Gregor Mendel 's work with inheritance patterns in peas had been rediscovered in and the eugenics movement, based on artificial selectionwas well established. Huxley's family included a number of prominent biologists including Thomas Huxleyhalf-brother and Nobel Laureate Andrew Huxleyand his brother Julian Huxley who was a biologist and involved in the eugenics movement. Nonetheless, Huxley emphasises conditioning over breeding nurture versus nature ; human embryos and fetuses are conditioned through a carefully designed regimen of chemical such as exposure to hormones and toxinsthermal exposure to intense heat or cold, as one's future career would dictateand other environmental stimuli, although there is an element of selective breeding as well.