It’s time for another 6 Degrees of Separation, hosted by Kate @ Booksaremyfavoriteandbest. On the first Saturday of every month, readers and bloggers connect the selected book for the month to six other books, forming a chain. The books don’t all have to be related; each book only has to be related to the books next to it in the chain. You can also follow this meme on Twitter with the hashtag #6Degrees.
The Australian classic, Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay, starts off this month’s 6 Degrees. It’s about three girls who disappeared. I want to read it now. When I asked one of my professors about the Australian literary canon, one of the books she suggested I read is The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough.
Based on the Wikipedia entry, The Thorn Birds questions the paternity of one of the characters. That brings me to A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin, which also questions the paternity of Cersei Lannister’s children.
Something I love about A Game of Thrones is that there are so many different, well-developed religions. The Inheritance Cycle also has several different religions, though several are tied to species/race. Because of this similarity, the next link is Inheritance Cycle Omnibus: Eragon and Eldest, by Christopher Paolini. (It might be cheating to include this 2-in-1 book as a single book, but it is physically one book.) This omnibus adequately hit a few different religions: the Dwarf religion, the Elf religion, Helgrind, and Arcaena.
In the omnibus, Eragon accidentally curses the baby Elva to be a shield instead of to be shielded. The act of placing a curse on a child reminds me of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. Louis constantly thinks about the consequences of Lestat giving Claudia, the child, the curse of being a vampire. It takes Claudia some time to realize that the curse is worse on her because she will forever be a child. She will never grow up.
Since much of Interview with the Vampire is set in New Orleans, the next book in the chain is The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, which is also mostly set in New Orleans. The Awakening was required reading in my AP English Lit class, as was Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
This month my chain consisted of Australian classics, fantasy books, and classics of American and English literature. What does your chain, starting with Picnic at Hanging Rock, look like?