Long Lost Reviews: Blind Faith by Ben Elton

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Are you a blogger who keeps telling themselves you’ll get around to writing reviews, but then don’t. Do you write ‘review to come’ on Goodreads only to let them languish for years? Well then, the blog feature ‘Long Lost Reviews‘ is for you.

The aim of the blog feature is to start tackling your review backlog. Whether it’s an in-depth analysis of how it affected your life, one sentence stating that you only remember the ending, or that you have no recollection of reading the book at all. Let’s tackle your review backlog and dig up some long lost reviews!

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Blind Faith

by Ben Elton.

Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where ‘sharing’ is valued above all, and privacy is considered a dangerous perversion.

Trafford wouldn’t call himself a rebel, but he’s daring to be different, to stand out from the crowd. In his own small ways, he wants to push against the system. But in this world, uniformity is everything. And even tiny defiances won’t go unnoticed.

Ben Elton’s dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a sex-obsessed, utterly egocentric culture. In this world, nakedness is modesty, independent thought subversive, and ignorance is wisdom.

A chilling vision of what’s to come? Or something rather closer to home?

I remember this book having a really profound effect on me. I remember finishing the last chapter, putting down the book, and then almost deleting my Facebook account. Pretty much since this book, I have cut back on the amount of personal information I let out into the world.

While I haven’t removed my social media presence completely (I mean, hello I am writing this blog), I have dialed back my personal social media presence. Goodreads is telling me I finished this book in 2012 and no word of a lie, it has stuck with me since.

As an author Elton is either really profound or is having a snarky stab at society, in this book he does both.. I think. I cannot for the life of me tell you anything about the plot or this Trafford character, but I can tell you that Blind Faith is a satire about online oversharing and it scared me. 

Once again I cannot tell you if I enjoyed the book or if it was just the message that got to me. I rated it four stars though, so I must have liked it 😛

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Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories

ramI have never been the one who was able to listen to Daft Punk albums over and over. I could give Discovery the odd play through and if I needed some unobtrusive background noise while studying, the Tron soundtrack got a listen or two. However, for some reason entire albums of Daft Punk have never been high on my regular playlist. Despite all this though, I still consider myself a fan of the band, although I would by no means consider myself a die-hard one.

With this in mind, I went into the first listen of the new album Random Access Memories optimistic. This optimism was soon rewarded as the album flowed smoothly from song to song and proved to be an absolute pleasure. The feel of Random Access Memories is one that definitely harks back to the 1980s, with the beats and almost funk rhythms blending with the synthesized vocals to create a superb experience. The first single from the album, ‘Get Lucky’ which features Pharrell Williams, offers just a taste of the funky beats that are available on the album.

A friend of mine likened the album to that of a man going back in time to the 80s to fight robots and for some reason this description is one that has stuck. The soft synthesized almost robotic vocals of ”The Game of Love’ and ‘Give Life Back to Music’ coupled with the more human songs (usually the ones with featuring artists) really flesh out and make the album an almost 80s film experience. Whether you can visualise such an endeavour during the album or if you experience the music in a completely different, non-storyline way, Random Access Memories is an album that  keeps listeners hooked and engaged.

The album as a whole feels very connected with the initially off-putting spoken word songs such as ‘Giogrio by Moroder’ and ‘Touch,’ soon becoming markers for the album, fitting in almost seamlessly after the first encounter. Where previously I was never able to listen to a Daft Punk album numerous times, the funky beats and engaging vocals of this album have changed this with Random Access Memories becoming a staple in my playlist.