“Welcome back to Six Degrees of Separation: a monthly meme in which you’re invited to link six books in a chain, with connections as logical or crazy as you like. This month, to celebrate the launch of her speculative-fiction novel The Ark, Emma and Annabel chose to begin the chain with George Orwell’s speculative fiction classic, 1984.”
01. I read 1984 in high school as part of a unit that included We and Brave New World. More than 1984, Brave New World stuck with me – particularly the character of John. His introduction to society reminded me of the idea of being a stranger in a stranger land.
02. So…wait for it…my next connection is to Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. In the novel, the man from Mars is named Valentine Michael Smith. Surprisingly enough, there are two novels I’ve read where the main male character is name Valentine.
03. The other is the fabulous The Ploughmen (honestly, I feel like if I mention this book enough, one or two of you might cave and pick it up).
04. While The Ploughmen tells the story of a unique not-quite-friendship between two men, American Gods does the same, albeit in a very different manner. Plus, both of the books have a tree in the center of the cover.
05.The next connection is purely superficial, both American Gods and Young God have the word god in the title.
06. Other than that, the two books have next to nothing in common, whereas Young God and Winter’s Bone have quite a bit in common – two young girls in impossible situations trying to scrape together a life among rampant drug use and poverty.
So there you have it, from dytopian literature to a Montana western to rural Appalachian poverty in six easy steps. To participate, just follow the rules below: