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A penchant for apocalyptic fiction

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

Title: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife
By: Meg Elison

My penchant for apocalyptic fiction came to a head while reading this book. Frankly, I don't know if I'll ever find anything like it again. A strain of deadly influenza that primarily affects women and children strikes the United States, and a nurse in the birthing unit of a San ... [Read more]

science fiction

Magic and loss, loneliness and escape

The ocean at the end of the lane

Title: The ocean at the end of the lane
By: Neil Gaiman

On impulse, I downloaded the new Neil Gaiman book from OneClick Digital onto my iPhone (ah, technology, you great multifaceted beast!). I was delighted to learn that the author was also the narrator, and this audiobook would not proffer any misrepresentations of tone or misinterpretations of characters. If anyone could ... [Read more]

fiction, science fiction, audiobook

You can('t?) go home again


Title: Redliners
By: David Drake

Reading the first few pages of Redliners, I thought, "Blech. War times in space." Not my favorite; but, stubborn as I am, I persevered. After the initial bout of guns, battlements, encroaching baddie aliens and godlike war heroes, we enter a completely different story, one about redemption and humanity. To ... [Read more]

fiction, science fiction

Burnt into Memory

Voice of the Fire

Title: Voice of the Fire
By: Alan Moore

Alan Moore is best known for his graphic novels that have been butchered by Hollywood (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, etc.). He is less known for being a practicing occultist and for his single “conventional” novel, Voice of the Fire. To be clear, I'm using “conventional” with regard to the medium ... [Read more]

fiction, science fiction
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Read the book (then see the movie)

Ender's Game

Title: Ender's Game
By: Orson Scott Card

It seems these days the credo we live by is that every good book must become a movie. Ender's Game is not just a good book, it's a great one, and herein lies my reasoning of why you should read the book in lieu of seeing a summer blockbuster: 1. ... [Read more]

science fiction

Discworld, world and mirror of worlds- Night Watch

Guards! Guards!

Title: Guards! Guards!
By: Terry Pratchett

"Ankh-Morpork! Brawling city of a hundred thousand souls! And, as the patrician privately observed, ten times that number of actual people." A dragon is ravaging the largest city on the Disc and it's up to Captain Vimes and the dregs of the Night Watch to save the city. But is ... [Read more]

science fiction, fantasy
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