Books on the London Underground – 22nd Feb 2010

Here is part one of an occasional but interesting survey of books that people are reading on the London Underground. I haven’t read all of the books myself but feel free to comment if you have.

Quantum by Manjit Kumar
I haven’t read this book yet but it does look very interesting as it is subtitled

Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality. 

The philosophical discussion about physics and reality is as lively as ever and shows no signs of going away.

I’ll definitely be adding this book to my collection. 

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
A friend of mine who works in the book trade told me nearly two years ago that Stephenie Meyer’s series was going to be a BIG hit. She wasn’t wrong.

If you like vampires then these are the books for you and I doubt you’ll be disappointed. Already available in film form this has to be one of the quickest franchises for a while.

Remember Buffy the Vampire Slayer?  Here is a nice comparison of Buffy vs Twilight.

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
This was one of my first science fiction books. I really enjoyed the story and the impact of it stays with me to this day.

It is a story about being different. Being on the outside. I think there are many resonances even today as there are still many people excluded from the main run of society.

It is written from a child’s point of view, like a number of Wyndhams’s books and is a really good story.

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
That makes two Twilight saga books in one tube train carriage. So there is no doubt about the popularity of the series.

This one is all about Bella’s dilemma… do you want a Werewolf (Jacob Black ) for a boyfriend or a Vampire (Edward Cullen) ?

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