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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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

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

The Exegesis of Philip K Dick Edited By Pamela Jackson & Jonathan Lethem

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Although Philip K Dick was hardly a household name in his own lifetime, his body of work (44 published novels and 120 short stories) has been steadily building momentum since Dick’s death in 1982. In the years since his passing, the legend of Philip K Dick has grown to the point that you’d be hard-pressed to find a SF writer or SF fan, that’s worth his or her salt, who isn’t familiar with at least some of PKD’s body of work. Continue reading