Sunday, July 4, 2010

Six Degrees of Separation: Book A

In honor of Six Degrees of Separation (play premiered on May 16, 1990) and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon (headlined on April 7, 1994, do the following:

A. Read any book off your TBR
B. Read a book that the author is at a maximum of six degrees of separation from the author in Part A. In your post for this task you must explain the connection in order to get credit.

At first, this was a bit daunting. How am I going to pick a book that can be connected to another book? Well what happened was I really wanted to read Fahrenheit 451 so I spent at least 2 hours finding a connection to a book I had just randomly picked up off the shelf (I'll review that one next).

Book Title/Author: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Year Published: 1953
Where I got it: The Campus Library
Rating: 4/5 stars

I'm not going to lie. I had no idea what this book would be about when I first picked it up. So when I read the opening section about how he is a book burner and books burn at 451 degrees (I see what you did there, Mr. Bradbury), I was intrigued. Why did it come to this? What happened to America?

The book goes on to mostly answer these questions and leads you along through this world through the main character who is a fireman (now this means book burner). He gets into some trouble and dystopian shenanigans ensue.

During the reading, I would have given this book a three, but since I stopped reading, I ruminated over the concept for at least an hour. Thus I had to give it a four. The concept of a world without books is truly a nightmare world for me. As with all good dystopian literature, Bradbury presents it to us in a way that makes it seem this society is not far off from our own.

My new favorite question to ask readers of this book is "If you could save only one book for humanity, which would it be?"

I cannot come up with an answer. I can barely do the what books would you take to a desert island game.

Here is how I completed the 6 degree challenge:

Book A: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Book B: In the Electric Eden: Stories by Nick Arvin

Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 which is being (re)made into a movie directed by Frank Darabont.
Frank Darabont also directed The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist, all written by Steven King.
Steven King was on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in Feb 1999
Conan O'Brien also interviewed Fred Savage in Feb 1999
Fred Savage graduated from Stanford where Nick Arvin is also a grad.


  1. Ok so the 6 degree challenge thing is super cool, but dude, it looks like a lot of work:) Shari over at

  2. Luckily it was worth 25 points or so for the Seasonal Challenge I participate in. I was so happy when I actually got a connection that worked!

    Some people were super good at it though. Give them two books and they could connect them!

  3. I LOVED this book. I read it for school and I thought I hated it but I was so inspired by it. I wish there was a second book, there was a huge cliffhanger!

    If I can save one book, I'll save Department 19 by Will Hill <3


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