4ish stars. Combining retro superhero comics with modern indie sensibilities, this first volume is seriously cool. First of all, superheroes, duh, who doesn’t love superheroes?! These superheroes, however, have a lot more in common with the Golden Age heroes of old than with the ones we see on big screens across the world. Each issue […]Read More Black Hammer Vol. 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
2ish stars. D.O.D.O. is a tiny, shady government entity that introduces us to the awesome combination of time travel and witchcraft. The organization starts out small with a lot of promise but then becomes mired in bureaucracy, more or less undermining its original intent. In parallel, Stephenson’s and Galland’s novel starts out strong with an […]Read More The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
With the 2017 Hugo Awards behind us (congratulations to all the winners!) we’re already looking forward to next year’s awards, right?! Right…? At the bottom of this post is a link to a list on Goodreads that keeps track of eligible works. Please contribute by voting for your favorite works (in all categories) to help […]Read More Hugo Eligible Works 2018
4ish stars This is not your typical dystopia. I feel like that word, dystopia, has developed something of a negative connotation in literature recently because of the inundation of books, especially YA ones, that fit into the sub-genre. American War is science fiction in the same way that The Road or The Handmaid’s Tale are […]Read More American War by Omar El Akkad
3.5ish stars. This is a story about the struggle to connect and communicate and about the balance between (selfishly?) finding and fulfilling one’s identity and how that may come at the expense of sharing one’s life with those whom they love and who need them. It shows the dissonance between three astronauts who seemingly know […]Read More The Wanderers by Meg Howrey