I just finished “Childhood’s End” by Arthur C. Clarke.
Very good, thought-provoking… but with a very depressing ending. It’s supposed to be a happy ending, in a way, but at the same time it left me with a profound feeling of loss.
Now I’m reading “The Boy Who Knew What the Birds Said” which is a book of fairy tales in the classical vein, with that dreamlike sense of wonder. It starts out:
There is one thing that all the Birds are afraid of, and that is the
thing that will happen when the Bird That Follows the Cuckoo flies
into the Cuckoo’s mouth.
And what will happen then, asks my kind foster-child.
When the Bird that Follows the Cuckoo flies into the Cuckoo’s mouth
the World will come to an end.
All the Birds know that, but not all the People know it.
Since it was written in 1918, it’s Public Domain.
You can read it here for free, if you want.