Review – An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

An Unkindness of Ghosts
By: Rivers Solomon
Release Date: Oct 3, 2017
Publisher: Akashic Books
Award: Stonewall Book Award Nominee for Literature (2018); Lambda Literary Award Nominee for LGBTQ SF/F/Horror (2018)
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It has been a very long time since any book has made me want to pick up my old quote journal and copy lines down. The journal isn’t pretty. It’s not one of those moleskin bullet journals, just a pocket sized notebook an old teacher gave us with some inspirational quotes after high school graduation. I’m not sure where it is now. I never thought I’d go looking for it again. But An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon made me want to dig that notebook out and copy down lines right from chapter 1.

Review – Blame! Vol. 1 by Tsutomu Nihei

Blame! Vol 1
By: Tsutomu Nihei
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Series: Blame!
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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Recently, I’ve had Blame! recommended to me a few times so when I had the opportunity to read the first volume of the Master Edition, I jumped on it. Blame! Vol. 1 by Tsutomu Nihei is a manga set in a post apocalyptic world which follows a lone man on his search for the Net Terminal Gene.

Review – The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Book of Joan
By: Lidia Yuknavitch
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Harper
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I really love dystopian books. I really didn’t love this dystopian book. The Book of Joan by Lidia Yukinovitch was disappointing conglomeration of ideals that at once said nothing of substance and beat the reader over the head with what messages it did convey.

Review – Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

Autonomous
By: Annalee Newitz
Website: https://www.techsploitation.com/
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: Tor Books
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A book I had my eye on for some time was Autonomous by Annalee Newitz. This is a book about autonomy, what makes someone autonomous, and a race across the globe as an illegally distributed drug begins to rack up an unexpected death toll.

Autonomous is, in a lot of ways, very dystopian. Or it wanted to be. I can’t help but feel that everything wrapped up much too nicely to be considered dystopian. (In the traditional sense of the genre and not counting the Young Adult Dystopians that relate more closely to dark fantasy/sci-fi than to adult dystopian).

Review: Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse
By: Wayne Gladstone
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Series: Internet Apocalypse #1
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The novel Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone is something I have had my eye on since its release. After three years I’ve finally read through the book, and, despite my initial excitement, will probably not be continuing the three book series at this point. A dystopian satire that gets muddled in the unreliable narration of a divorced, alcoholic thirty-something, this book begins strong but never manages to go much of anywhere.

Review – The Tourist by Robert Dickinson

The Tourist
By: Robert Dickinson
Release Date: October 16, 2016
Publisher: Redhook
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I’d seen The Tourist by Robert Dickinson at the library several times before I picked it up. I was intrigued. The cover looked generic, the synopsis sounded like a typical thriller novel, and the spine was marked as science fiction. Something didn’t add up to me, and I was very reluctant to say that it was tagged wrongly by the library staff, a lovely group of people who have consistently remained there since I was about nine years old. I stumbled across this on Goodreads more recently and on my last trip to the library I finally picked it up.

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Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe
By: Neal Shusterman
Website: http://www.storyman.com/
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: Arc of a Scythe #1
Award: Michael L. Printz Honor (2017)
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Here’s a book that I’ve had on my shelf for some time. Now that I think about it, I’ve had this almost since its release date way back in November of 2016. Ah, the bane of the to-read shelf, or shelves, as the case may be. (Yeah, I know. I’m not proud of my book binge buying and not reading habits). Scythe by Neal Shusterman is a young adult dystopian novel about two apprentice scythes, people who ‘glean’ (see: murder) others as a means of population control in a futuristic, utopic world.

Review: Version Control by Dexter Palmer

Version Control
By: Dexter Palmer
Website: http://dexterpalmer.com/
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: Pantheon
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Have you ever picked up a book and figured you knew exactly how the book was going to unfold – the characters, maybe, or else the general flow of the plot – only to find your initial impression was completely wrong? That’s sort of how my experience with Version Control by Dexter Palmer unfolded.

Boy, have I ever been wrong about what to expect from a book. And I don’t mean this in a bad way.

Review: The Crown

The Crown (The Selection #5)
By: Kiera Cass
Website: http://www.kieracass.com/
Release Date: May 6th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: The Selection Series
Award: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2016)
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This may be the end of the Selection series (at the time of this review I have not seen any previews or hints at another book in the series). As far as endings go this is the way to do it. When Eadalyn feels everything closing in around her she knows she must take control of the country and her fate.