Yes, it’s book six in a series. You can probably go out and read the first five books before reading this one, but since this one takes a turn with a new character, Antimony Price, the youngest member of the Price siblings, you might be able to just read it on its own. Antimony is the younger sister, and the aimless one who has not found a vocation or career, and is still living at home with her parents. But that all changes when her sister Verity calls out the evil Covenant of St George in the previous book, and […]
Time-Jump by John Brunner (1973) I know I’m reliving my youth, but I picked up “Time-Jump” by John Brunner for some classic science fiction. It was published in 1973 but contains his pulp science fiction stories from the periodicals of the fifties and the sixties. This is a short collection of ten of his time-related tales. At first glance, you’d think “these stories have all been done before” until you realize that these classic tales are the originals. Written before Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, they expanded the stories of the time to strange and occasionally silly heights. Mr. John […]
Wow. I had no idea how much I was missing “The Girl With All the Gifts” until I read this free extended preview of “The Boy on the Bridge.” This is not a sequel they say, but it takes place in the same post apocalyptic world that Carey wrote about in “The Girl With All The Gifts.” We seem to be following another team that is out to figure out how to combat the hungries in a changed world. We start off following the POV of a character named Dr. Khan who I imagine is going to be just as […]
Ascension is a sci-fi novel that shines a spotlight on characters whom you might not encounter in novels very often. Author Jacqueline Koyanagi wanted to write a story featuring people like herself and her friends, and so in Ascension we are introduced to some very strong and smart women (and a man) who might be living with physical disability, and/or have different skin, and/or be gay, and/or who might be involved in open relationships. While this is a refreshing change, and timely as many of us are being introduced to intersectional feminism, the bottom line is that Koyanagi has written […]
Honestly I think that for the most part I was bored by this book. I think the fact that I am a girl that has grown up reading Stephen King, none of the plot points in this book were surprising to me. Dark Matter follows the character of Jason Dessen after he is abducted by a mysterious man in a mask and finds himself in a place that’s familiar but is altogether different than the world he is use to. Jason spends most of the book trying to find his way back to his beloved wife and son. I do […]
“Secrets are lies” Holy mother of Jesus. I can’t even with this book. I’d been hearing about this book for ages, mostly praise, but I was unsure that I could handle ANOTHER book about “social media = bad” and technology is super duper dangerous. To be fair, the book did not immediately quell my fears. The first part was slow going and had me rolling my eyes slightly at the obvious parody of facegooglespacehoo. Then I burnt my bread. That’s not a euphemism. I’d put a couple of buns in the oven for breakfast and figured I’d just read a […]
It’s not that Research isn’t aware of the ethical implications of its line of inquiry. It’s just that they really don’t care.
SciFan Magazine, Dayne Edmondson, Richard M. Mulder, and Patrick Hodges, Editors (2017) This anthology is a little different than most. Not only does it include science fiction and fantasy short stories, but it also contains excerpts from new science fiction and fantasy novels. It’s an interesting way to read a bit of a novel and see if you like it or not. Clever. I’ve marked the excerpts with an asterisk. Across the St. Lawrence: A Tale of the Pendragon Empire by Teel James Glenn – They say to always start an anthology with your strongest tale, and this short story […]