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

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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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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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Travels with Cormac: In Search of the Universe’s End

A review of James Smythe’s The Explorer by Simeon Ben

When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity’s great explorers.   But in space, nothing goes according to plan […] As the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiraling toward his own inevitable death . . . unless he can do something to stop it. Continue reading

Book Club at the Mingei International Museum, Nov 9

Event Review by Jessica Dunn

Dr. Edith Frampton of San Diego State University led, in conjunction with STRUCK BY MODERNISM curator Dave Hampton, a book club discussion at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park on November 9. The event was organized to relate the works of the blacksmith artist C. Carl Jennings with Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations. Hampton confessed his surprise at being approached with the idea of a Dickens novel comparison, but the resulting discussion proved the combination to be very thought-provoking.

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Frank Juliano: Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Shop Owner

Interview by Jessica Dunn

San Diego Comics

The owner of San Diego Comics is like that barista who has memorized your favorite drink, only better. You could probably just tell Frank Juliano your favorite color and he’d be able to recommend the perfect comic book or graphic novel. No seriously, he’s that good. Juliano and the rest of the staff are avid readers who keep up with the latest releases and have great taste in storytelling. Cataclysm tapped into Juliano’s expansive knowledge and understanding of the comic world, which resulted in some very thought-provoking answers: Continue reading