Guest Columns: Three Books You Need To Read By Craving’s Leonid Rubinstein

Sci-fi adventures await you, my friends

Leonid Rubenstein, shot by Eye of MetalLeonid Rubenstein, shot by Eye of Metal

Leonid Rubenstein, shot by Eye of Metal

In our undying efforts to bring you engaging columns you won’t find anywhere else, we’ve reached out to the metal world seeking submissions for a new subject: Three amazing books you have to pick up and devour.

Seeing as you read this blog everyday, we went out on a limb and assumed you’d maybe want to get some decent book suggestions from some of your favorite bands, too. So today, we continue this series on rad, must-reads with an entry written by Craving’s Leonid Rubinstein.

“Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” by Douglas Adams
Really, one should not die before having read this book. The sheer number of cross references in modern media alone is worth it, but of course the hilarious story and the clever writing style are also more than entertaining.

And between those crazy and on-first-glance often nonsensical lines, one can find deep philosophy to think about.

“Galaxy Tunes” by Rob Reid
Imagine, our music is so awesome all the universe wants to listen to it. Def Leppard and Black Sabbath spread throughout space, until the aliens discover a little problem: Our copyright law, that makes them literally owe us — everything!

How to overcome this problem without blowing up the Earth? That’s one issue lawyer Nick Carter (no, NOT that Backstreet Boys guy) has to deal with.

Sounds crazy? Is crazy. And one of the most hilarious books I ever read. I think everyone can draw joy from this one, but especially if you are a metalhead, you will get some puns that others may not — just look out for Özzy, the heaviest metal in the universe.

“Metro 2033” by Dmitry Glukhovsky
After the nuclear war, most of earth’s population is deceased, and the whole world is a radioactive wasteland. Little sparks of life, however, survived: In the metro stations of Moscow, a new civilization of survivors fights to survive.

The book works well on so many levels — on one side, you have an incredible conglomeration of lifestyles and opinion that you can get to know following main character Artjom on his journey through the underground; every new station can keep new surprises; communists, racists, military and so much more. The sheer display of interesting characters makes this book worth buying.

But the thing that really makes this one stand out is the dark and suffocative atmosphere one gets drown into deeper and deeper as Artjom leaves the safe Metro stations and heads through dark and dangerous tunnels. Sadly, the author didn’t manage to transport this atmosphere into the sophomore “Metro 2034” but “Metro 2033” is one of the best fantasy/horror/sci-fi novels out there.

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