Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

4ish stars. This is one of the books that had been recommended to me for so long that I simply couldn’t hold out any longer. And, whattaya know, it’s a good recommendation! The audiobook specifically was recommended and I’m glad I experienced the book in that format. I recommend it. I’ve heard positive remarks about […]

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

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 […]

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Hugo Eligible Works 2018

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 […]

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American War by Omar El Akkad

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 […]

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The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

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 […]

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

4.5ish stars. Hamid somehow manages to make this intimate and universal; it’s magical but also so grounded in reality; it’s melancholy but hopeful. It’s about freedom, connection, struggle and discovery. And it just hit home for me. I was engaged from the beginning. The metaphors and speculation made me ponder without feeling like I was […]

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