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reviewed Cinco de Mayo. August 07, 2011
Cinco de Mayo
This is the story of present-day Earth that is changed forever. It happens in the blink of an eye.      At approximately 10:20 PM on May 5, all 6 billion people on Earth get a blinding headache for a second-and-a-half. In that instant, everyone gets another person implanted in their brain; different thoughts, different memories. Person A gets Person B's thoughts and memories, …
reviewed Stranger in a Strange Land. July 31, 2011
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Stranger in a Strange Land
  In retrospect, Robert A. Heinlein's STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND seems quaintly sub-adult in its message, not much of a story, a very average "didactic" novel. In its decade, be it admitted, the turbulent 1960s and early 1970s, STRANGER was on everyone's lips. Even today, in 2011, it is selling more strongly than probably 90% of the books still in print. What was its astonishing …
posted a Quick Tip about 1984 (novel). February 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
1984 (British first edition)
Pretty dry (dare I say boring) read in places, but the discussion about total context manipulation and its implications still remain pretty scary and relevant
posted a Quick Tip about Stranger in a Strange Land. February 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Stranger in a Strange Land
   I've only read this book oh, about 30 times - but I've been slacking of late;  I don't think I've re-read in the past five years or so.      For someone not familiar with Heinlein or his works, this novel is one of the must-reads for any SF fan who wants to seriously acquire the label.  It's considered to be a major contributor to 60's …
reviewed 1984 (novel). February 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
1984 (British first edition)
There are very few writers whose work has been so profound that their names have become adjectives. Shakespearean. Kafkaesque. Orwellian.      1984 remains George Orwell's greatest legacy, a fact shared by Roberto Bolano's novel 2666; both books with a four-digit number as the title, both written frantically by authors who knew they were dying, both profound in their exploration …
posted a Quick Tip about 1984 (novel). February 19, 2011
posted in SF Signal
1984 (British first edition)
1984 is an essential book, not just for SF readers, not just for readers, but for everyone, everywhere.
posted a Quick Tip about 1984 (novel). February 19, 2011
posted in SF Signal
1984 (British first edition)
It's been years since I've read 1984, but it made a huge impression on me.
reviewed The Iron King. November 13, 2010
The Iron King (Harlequin Teen)
Meghan Chase's birthday is tomorrow. Sweet sixteen. It rolls off the tongue promising magic, romance and opportunity. It's the age when girls become princesses and go to dances. Sixteen is when a girl is supposed to find true love while the stars shine for her and a handsome prince carries her off into the sunset. All the stories say so.      Meghan does find magic on her …
posted a Quick Tip about The Roar. November 07, 2010
The Roar
Fantastic young adult dystopian book with some great world building, told in alternating narratives.
posted a Quick Tip about When You Reach Me. November 07, 2010
When You Reach Me
This is a really striking novel that made me take another look at A Wrinkle in Time.
posted a Quick Tip about Stranger in a Strange Land. November 06, 2010
Stranger in a Strange Land
Not for me. I had a hard time connecting with it. What did you like about it?
posted a Quick Tip about Gathering Blue. November 06, 2010
Gathering Blue
This companion novel to The Giver. I don't like it quite as much.
posted a Quick Tip about The Giver. November 06, 2010
The Giver
I really enjoyed this book and I am thinking about rereading it.
posted a Quick Tip about Elantris. November 06, 2010
Elantris
This book has great world building. The religion and politics are extremely interesting.
posted a Quick Tip about Grass (Sheri S. Tepper book). November 06, 2010
Grass
Really well written, gets a little loose at the end.
posted a Quick Tip about Matched. November 06, 2010
Matched
Amazing world building in this amazing young adult dystopian book.
reviewed The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy .... October 30, 2010
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy (Hardback))
"The Maze Runner" is a young adult adventure story set sometime in the future. It also has an element of mystery. Since the characters were all boys (except for one girl who didn't play an active role until near the end), the target audience appears to be teen boys. The suspense mainly came from the physical danger to the characters, but it also came from the lack of memories and the …
posted a Quick Tip about The Chrysalids. October 15, 2010
The Chrysalids
Set at a time in some unspecified distant future after a nuclear war has left much of the world a barren, poisonous wasteland, THE CHRYSALIDS mounts a vicious attack on religious fundamentalism, bigotry, intolerance and narrow-mindedness. A perennial front-runner in the field of classic sci-fi.
reviewed The Chrysalids. October 15, 2010
The Chrysalids
At a time in some unspecified distant future after a nuclear war has left much of the world a barren, poisonous wasteland, David Strorm, Sophie Wender and Rosalind Morton live in Waknuk, a small agriculturally focused community in central Labrador. With modern technology yet to be re-invented, the strict religious fundamental beliefs of this still primitive community label the apocalypse as "Tribulation", …
posted a Quick Tip about The City of Ember. October 12, 2010
The City of Ember a novel by Jeanne DuPrau
inver read the book, or even heard of it but i did pick up the movie at my local Redbox. it was really cute, an excellent kid friendly film.
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