Your Universe–Subtly Divided

Kathryn Davis Duplex A Novel CoverA book review of Kathryn Davis’ Duplex: A Novel, by Stephanie D’Adamo

This is the story of a normal world. Where parents sip highballs in cookie-cutter houses. Where boys play baseball. Where girls collect trading cards. And where sorcerers and robots make pacts over human souls. Davis’ Duplex positively seethes with the nostalgic normality of our Americana fascination. Continue reading

Becoming a Champion

“By early 2058, the United States government ceased to exist altogether…”

champion.inddA review of Marie Lu’s Champion, by Jaziel Zapata.

Lu’s Legend trilogy comes to its finale with her novel, Champion, a story that revolves around the characters of Day and June. Day is a wanted criminal turned hero and June is a solider turned vice president. These two have a connection that was previously shown in Lu’s past two novels and continues to grow in Champion. In a world where the polar ice caps have melted, drowning part of the known world, and countries are coming together to form confederations, both Day and June find themselves trying to keep their Republic from crumbling.

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Lamb Reading, Dec 6

Fiction Reading by Bonnie Nadzam

By: Jaziel Zapata

Lamb1130The venue was San Diego State University’s Love Library. The event was a fiction reading of the novel Lamb, by author Bonnie Nadzam. There was an estimate of thirty people in attendance giving the room a close knit and cozy environment. She had a quick introduction as we learned her educational background. Bonnie Nadzam was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended high school in suburban Chicago. She earned her MA and PhD from the University of Southern California. Her novel, Lamb, has won the Flaherty-Dunnan award-winning novel in 2011. Continue reading

Back to the Future

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A review of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One by Zac Bange.

“Being human totally sucks most of the time. Videogames are the only thing that make life bearable.” – Anorak’s Almanac, Chapter 91, Verses 1-2

The year is 2044 and the real world is an awful place to live. Continue reading

Pireeni Sundaralingham Reading, Sept 18

PireeniPoetry Event Review by Stephanie D’Adamo

Nothing sounds quite so fascinating to a fan of all things science fiction than to hear that cognitive scientist (who has held research posts at both MIT and Oxford) is planning to do a live reading. And much to my delight, SDSU’s intimate Love Library recently showcased just such an opportunity when they invited Pireeni Sundaralingam to perform for an intimate crowd of less than 75 attendees.

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The Struggle to Pledge Allegiance

Allegiant by Veronica RothA book review of Veronica Roth’s novel Allegiant, by Jessica Dunn.

After ripping through the first two novels of the Divergent series so quickly, I was expecting Allegiant have the same grip on my literary eyeballs. While I still zoomed through with excitement, I must admit I was not left with the same adrenaline rush that I experienced in the first two books.

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