Shelf Control #13: Childhood’s End

Shelves final

Welcome to the newest weekly feature here at Bookshelf Fantasies… Shelf Control!

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers.

Want to join in? See the guidelines and linky at the bottom of the post, and jump on board! Let’s take control of our shelves!


My Shelf Control pick this week is:

imageTitle: Childhood’s End
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Published: 1953
Length: 218 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends–and then the age of Mankind begins….

How I got it:

Found it on the $1 table at my library’s annual sale.

When I got it:

A few years ago.

Why I want to read it:

I’m a sci-fi fan, but I’m pretty deficient when it comes to classic science fiction. I’ve never read anything by Arthur C. Clarke, and I really need to fix that. Plus (and just coincidentally), there’s a TV version of this coming up, and it looks pretty great!


Want to participate in Shelf Control? Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link below!
  • And if you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and have fun!

For more on why I’ve started Shelf Control, check out my introductory post here, or read all about my out-of-control book inventory, here.

And if you’d like to post a Shelf Control button on your own blog, here’s an image to download (with my gratitude, of course!):

Shelf Control

14 thoughts on “Shelf Control #13: Childhood’s End

  1. I read this book when I was in 6th grade… I think it was just a tad bit too high for my comprehension level, because I honestly can’t remember much about it. I have it on my list to reread one day.

  2. This book looks really interesting. I really need to read more Sci-Fi. I have several titles on my TBR pile, but they always seem to get passed over for a mystery or PNR. 😛

    • I do love reading sci-fi, but I’ve always read newer works, and I think I should go back to some (like Clarke) who are considered true classics of the genre!

  3. I really like Clarke. Rendezvous With Rama is one of my favourite books. He’s so damn scientifically accurate that you think stuff he writes about is true. But I haven’t read Childhood’s End yet. A little curious too.

    • I’ve never read any Clarke, so if I enjoy this one, I’ll check out Rendezvous with Rama too! The TV version of Childhood’s End premieres this week, so I think I’ll probably watch it and then read the book. 🙂

Comments... We love comments!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s