Review – The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull

The Lesson
By: Cadwell Turnbull
Release Date: June 28, 2019
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Award: Audie Award Nominee for Science Fiction (2020)
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First contact with aliens is breathed new life in Cadwell Turnbull’s novel, The Lesson. While this is Turnbull’s first novel-length work, his short fiction has appeared across the web and in literary magazines such as Asimov’s Science Fiction and Lightspeed. His work has also been included in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 and Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019.

Review – Perihelion Summer by Greg Egan

Perihelion Summer
By: Greg Egan
Release Date: April 19, 2019
Publisher: Tor.com
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Greg Egan’s Perihelion Summer is a science fiction novella a bit different from his other works. This past Hugo and John W Campbell Memorial Award winner usually writes in hard science fiction, but this novella focuses a bit more on events without necessarily going as deeply into the science behind them.

Review – The Municipalists by Seth Fried

The Municipalists by Seth Fried The Municipalists
By: Seth Fried
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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Seth Fried’s novel The Municipalists is a fun read featuring government officials, sentient AI, and a potential terroristic plot set in America’s biggest city. With a little bit of near future science fiction and a mystery to solve, there’s a bit of everything tucked away within these pages. Thematically, the story explores people, their relationship to newly emerging technologies, such as advanced AI, as well as the cities we’ve.

4 (More!) Podcasts for Audiobook Lovers

Here’s the thing with fictionalized podcasts. They can be hard to find. For example, I use Google Play to listen to most of my favorite podcasts, but the platform doesn’t have any sort genre listing for fictional stories. This makes it difficult to find fictional stories at large, let alone stories in a specific genre.

Once again, I’m here with podcasts that tell fictional stories that are perfect for audiobook lovers. Everything I’ve recommended below is something I’ve listened to completion or am fully caught up with all released episodes. If you’re interested in more recommendations you can visit the first and second posts in this series!

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#MangaMonday Review – No Guns Life, Vol. 2 by Tasuku Karasuma

NO Guns Life Volume 2 No Guns Life, Vol. 2
By: Tasuku Karasuma
Illustrator: Tasuku Karasuma
Translator: Joe Yamazaki
Release Date: November 19, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: No Guns Life #2
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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The second volume in the series, No Guns Life, Vol. 2 by Tasuku Karasuma is the next volume in this gritty noir science fiction manga which was begun with No Guns Life, Vol. 1. The arc in this volume is in the 2019 anime adaptation of this title, which goes by the same name. Those who prefer to pick up a manga series after the ending point of an anime adaptation will want to wait for a future volume before beginning their collection.

Review – Lady Mechanika, Vol. 5: La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Lady Mechanika: La Belle Dam Sans Merci Lady Mechanika, Vol. 5: La Belle Dame Sans Merci
By: Joe Benitez, M. M. Chen
Illustrator: Martin Montiel, Beth Sotelo
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: Benitez Productions
Series: Lady Mechanika
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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We find ourselves back in Lady Mechanika’s steampunk London once again. Finally, our protagonist’s creator seems to be coming out of the shadows, but all is not well with inventor Archibald Lewis. And so kicks off Lady Mechanika, Volume 5: La Belle Dame Sans Merci written by M. M. Chen and Joe Benitez, and with art by Martin Montiel and Beth Sotelo.

Review – Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Wanderers
By: Chuck Wendig
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Publisher: Del Rey
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A tale of humanity and utter destruction, Wanderers by Chuck Wendig is a fantastic epic sure to please fans of multiple genres. What begins as a mysterious illness effecting a few hundred people soon spirals into much more as the entire country takes notice. This seven hundred page epic takes readers from one coast to the other on a journey that takes you right to the end of the world.

#MangaMonday Review – No Guns Life, Vol. 1 by Tasuku Karasuma

No Guns Life Volume 1 by Tasuku Karasuma No Guns Life, Vol. 1
By: Tasuku Karasuma
Illustrator: Tasuku Karasuma (illustrations); Evan Walding (touch-up art & lettering)
Translator: Joe Yamazaki
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: No Guns Life #1
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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No Guns Life, Vol. 1 by Tasuku Karasuma is a seinen science fiction manga which has an anime adaptation airing this season, Fall 2019. In a future world, some humans have become the extended, people augmented with mechanical body parts which greatly increase their physical abilities. Juzo Inui is one of the extended, with a gun in place of a head. He is a Resolver, solving conflicts between the extended and regular humans.

Review – Ophiuchus

Ophiuchus Ophiuchus
By: Alexis Leriger de la Plante & Natasha Tara Petrovic
Illustrator: Alexis Leriger de la Plante & Natasha Tara Petrovic
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Publisher: Image Comics
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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A single volume graphic novel based off of a prior web comic series, Ophiuchus by Alexis Leriger de le Plante and Natasha Tara Petrovic is a story as colorful as it is steeped in science fiction and post-apocalyptic society.

#UltimateBlogTour Review – A Different Time by Michael K. Hill

A Different Time by Michael K. Hill A Different Time
By: Michael K. Hill
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Publisher: Tangent Press
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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A Different Time by Michael K. Hill is a standalone novel that is sure to tug on heartstrings. The novel is set in two time periods – present day and 1989. Each time features a different protagonist. In the present day Keith Nolan finds a home video VHS. On that VHS is a young woman recording a sort of diary – a young woman he finds he can speak to. That young woman is Lindsey Hale. Living with her mother and stepfather, Lindsey is looking for her place in the world, a vocation to follow. In limbo and living with a man she doesn’t like and doesn’t trust, she turns to recording her thoughts on VHS tapes.