Wires and Nerve, by Marissa Meyer, is the latest installment in The Lunar Chronicles, featuring an android who tracks down rebel wolf-hybrid soldiers who are threatening the peace. I never read any of The Lunar Chronicles, but I knew Cinder was a Cinderella retelling, so I figured the graphic novel was another….
It’s time for another Book Traveling Thursdays! This week we are to choose a new-to-you author that you discovered this year. That new-to-me author is Ursula K. Le Guin. Because I read and loved her novella, Paradises Lost, I’m choosing the anthology I found it in: The Birthday of the World and Other Stories. Paradises Lost is about… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: A New-to-You Author
Day of the Oprichnik, by Vladimir Sorokin, is a slice-of-life dystopian about one oprichnik in Moscow in 2028. This society runs with futuristic technology and the draconian laws of Ivan the Terrible. The oprichnina, the most feared men in the country, perform all tasks necessary to promote and protect the czar’s interests. Andrei Danilovich Komiaga, the oprichnik of concern, must crush the enemies of the state, perform his assigned tasks, attend parties, and participate in secret rituals. This Russian dystopian novel looks at the corruption and control of a futuristic society from the top down.
I am writing mini reviews for the first time. To start my first mini reviews off, the theme is Paradise Lost because the books I’m reviewing are adaptations (as they were called in my class) of Milton’s epic. The first that I will review is Radi Os by Ronald Johnson. It’s blackout poetry of the first four books… Continue reading Mini Reviews: ‘Radi Os’ and ‘Paradises Lost’
After the president and Congress were executed, a religious group took over what was left of the United States, renaming it the Republic of Gilead. Women are forbidden from reading and must wear the (conservative) dress that signifies their class. They no longer own property and must travel in pairs or with assigned Guardians. The only value in a woman is her ovaries. Handmaids exist only to bear children for their assigned Commanders and their barren Wives. Offred, the narrator of this tale, is a Handmaid who has grown used to the system but is disgruntled with it.
While I was re-categorizing my reviews under a new genre, I ran into the vampire books. The problem I have is that most of the vampire books are categorized as “paranormal,” and that is not a genre that I made a category. My dilemma then is whether vampires make a book fantasy or science fiction.
Publisher: Amulet Books Pub. Date: 2016 Genre: Science Fiction, Middle Grade Pages: 263 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars Vanguard One Middle School is hosting the Robot Integration Program. The Robot Integration Program was created to help one robot, Fuzzy, learn to be human without the Pinocchio magic. He writes his own code using “fuzzy”… Continue reading Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger
Synopsis from the Author’s Website: Incapable. Awkward. Artless. That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work… Continue reading Crewel by Gennifer Albin