I am Belle (also known as Beauty) from Beauty and the Beast. I love to read almost everything, but romance novels are my favorite. My town is small and quite boring because everyone is similar, and they don’t understand the importance of books! They think I’m peculiar because I am captivated by a good novel, but I think they are rather odd for not seeing the beauty in books. A man in my town Père Robert has a very small library near my house, but I’ve read every book many times! I keep rereading them because I learn something new each time I read it. I hope to find the kind of love that the characters do in the books I’ve read, but since everyone in this town is the same, I don’t think that will ever be possible.
My name is Hermione Granger and I am 18 years old. I’ve always loved books and learning, but my enthusiasm for it increased exponentially when I learned I was a witch and was accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry when I was 11 years old! This opened so many new doors (mostly to libraries!) for me and I began to read anything and everything about the Wizarding World that I could get my hands on! My parents aren’t wizards, so I was raised in a non-magic household, and it’s been interesting to see the difference between the two worlds, especially when it comes to the use and advancement of technology.
My name is Tommy Cide. I burn books. The action of burning books is know as tomecide. This is where my name originates from. When I was younger I came from a time where reading books was just a normal part of the culture. But with continuous war our countries began to realize the problem. None would become equal and the prevention of war would only be possible if there was an absolute truth and that other information was dismantled and destroyed. I am a burner. I help the noble cause for justice and burn any form of banned literature.
Hi! My name is Lavinia Norcross Dickinson, but you can just call me Vinnie. You probably don’t know who I am, but you most definitely know my older sister, Emily Dickinson. I love cats and flower beds. I am unmarried and despite many proposals, I plan on staying that way! Emily is one of my best friends, and I am so very proud of her. Emily sadly passed away. She requested that I burn all her correspondence, and I did until I found hundreds of poems which she had given me no instruction on. I decided that I was going to share these poems with the world like they deserved. With the help a few of my friends and the publishing Roberts brothers, we began publishing my sister’s poems and letters.
I somehow stumbled upon a book written from the future, Fahrenheit 451. It was written in 1953 (I am in the year 1889). While I am a little confused about this time traveling book, it must have been sent to me for a reason!
Picture this: you’re standing on the surface of an unfamiliar planet, stars shining down from everywhere in sight. In the distance, a soft halye flute begins to play. The music fills your ears. As if pulled by machinery, you raise your arms, and begin to sway to the song…
That’s what reading Dances on Draxghr is like. I can’t believe more people haven’t read this series! There’s five books out right now and the sixth, written by the illustrious Donetta Behar, is on its way. Seriously, I’ve never read anything as good as this series. The main character, Resh Zephyr, is an AI from a new colony on the mysterious planet of Draxghr. Right from the first book there’s several wonderful discussions of how being an AI can be both a huge strength and a huge weakness. All of the books present a nuanced view on AIs and their lives, rare for a series with an AI as a main character. This sort of discussion is important to have seeing as AIs only won their rights around seventy years ago, and I think a lot of people forget how recent that was. Dances on Draxghr gives readers both insight on how AIs live AND an involved plot and unforgettable characters. Simply beautiful, inside and out (have you seen that gorgeous cover? That’s a painting by artist Kennet Wyse, well-known among the AI community).
Get back to me if you THINK you’ve found any book as good as these ones, because I am armed and ready to prove you wrong.
My name is Clarisse McClellan and I was 17 years old when I was struck by a car, ejected from a world where I never belonged. In fact, my whole family never really belonged; we were too set in our traditional ways. The fireman watched us for years, making us feel like criminals for thinking and discussing in our own home. But the moment I met a fireman named Guy Montag, I knew that all hope had not been lost. I look forward to seeing what he does, and how his new perspective of the world could change everything.
In regards to all matters literary, I welcome open and healthy discussion about the influence of books on our lives, and how they are far from being considered “obsolete technology”.