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.

Upcoming Release! All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Masai

All Our Wrong Todays
By: Elan Masai
Website: http://www.elanmastai.com/
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Dutton
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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If the old movies and TV shows were to be believed the year 2000 would have us living in a veritable technological utopia. There would have been flying cars, tech made for everything from making breakfast to getting dressed, and the world would look more or less like that of the Jetsons.

Only, what if they were right? What if we were supposed to have that future? Only Tom Barren, the not-quite-so-genius son of the definitely-genius Victor Barren, leading expert on time travel, made one rash decision (well, one really important rash decision along with all the other, smaller ones) and doomed that world to forever grace the pages of science fiction, never to be born.

Review: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
By: Charles Yu
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Publisher: Pantheon
Award: Locus Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2011), John W. Campbell Memorial Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel (2011), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Science Fiction (2010)
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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu has won several awards, has a pretty awesome title, and an interesting premise. The main character, referred to as Charles Yu the very few times he is named, is a time machine repairman. Haunted by his past, he lives largely between time; ten years for him is only a handful of days as far as the rest of the universe is concerned. One day, he meets a future version of himself, winds up in a time loop he must break out of, and is trying to save his father from wherever it was that he has mysteriously disappeared to.

Sound like there’s a lot going on in here? That’s because there is.

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic
By: V. E. Schwab
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Tor
Series: Shades of Magic (Book #1)
Award: Goodreads Choice Award for Fantasy (2015)
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There’s something that just draws me to A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. And sitting here behind my keyboard trying to explain why, I find myself returning to the oversimplified non-answers I’ve given when asked why I read fantasy novels. Because it’s wonderful. Because I should read it. Because I must read it. Because, it’s the sort of thing that makes you believe in magic, or at least want to.

On a more relatable note, because it’s a damned good book and I loved every second of it.

Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter
By: Blake Crouch
Website: http://www.blakecrouch.com/
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Crown
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I have some rather conflicting emotions about Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. It’s at once brilliant, and utterly frustrating. The book does a lot of things very well. The plot is intriguing. Jason, the main character and narrator, is very relatable – loves his family, decent job, not terribly wealthy. The action starts abruptly, taking both Jason and the reader by surprise and doesn’t let go until … well, maybe not the very end. But it remains very edge of your seat nearly all the way through.

I really enjoyed the premise. After being kidnapped at gunpoint Jason wakes up in a world that’s all wrong. He’s doing scientific research instead of teaching. He isn’t married to his wife. His son was never born. Unsure which world is real, and which is a dream, Jason must fight a seemingly invincible enemy to find his family and return home. However, as much as I enjoyed the plot, I must admit it’s not entirely original. I have seen this idea, or ones very similar to it, played out before in novels, movies, and televisions shows before. But you know what? It’s still fun. I still like it. I love a good thriller, and I’m a sucker for anything that even slightly smells of multiverse theory.

There is one thing I had a fairly major problem with. I just do not like Blake Crouch’s writing style.