CAT'S CRADLE by Kurt Vonnegut
I hadn't read any books by Kurt Vonnegut before so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I do think I liked the book. It was so strange, it's hard for me to decide if I liked it or not. I really don't know what to say about it.
The narrator of story tells of his experience researching a biography about a (fictional) scientist who invented the atomic bomb. He finally finds and interviews his three children--all of whom have very odd characteristics. As the story goes along, you also learn of a new religion Bokotanism, that was made up by a guy and everyone seems to know he made it up, he admits he made it up, it doesn't seem to make sense, but people observe it anyway. I didn't really understand that part. I think I'm a fairly intelligent person, but I just didn't get it. Maybe because I am religious or because I'm too literal...I don't know.
The story also serves as a bit of a parody of nuclear proliferation, but I don't want to give away how that comes about in the story.
The book is an extremely fast read. (Most chapters are not longer than four pages, with lots of white space.) So, give it a try. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.