This was a fascinating book, and one I recommend it if you’re looking for something like The Handmaid’s Tale (appropriate on this Women’s March weekend). Erdrich’s book is set in the near future, where instead of environmental catastrophe, mankind is facing a different threat:… Continue Reading “Review of Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich”
1984 has to be one of the most disturbing books I’ve read, between the creepy parallels with our current political situation, and the torture and brainwashing. Animal Farm has always been one of my favorite books, for its basic but powerful allegory about political corruption. … Continue Reading “1984 by George Orwell”
I liked this novel by Margaret Atwood, although I don’t think it’s one of her best. I had a hard time buying into the concept of the story, and she lost me a little when the story turned in a direction I wasn’t expecting. … Continue Reading “The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood”
Trying something new this month! I rarely review series books, unless it’s the first in a series. So I thought I’d do a set of mini-reviews instead. (Note: minor spoilers ahead since two of these reviews are for the second book in the series.)… Continue Reading “Series on Sunday: Mini-reviews of series books”
I’m struggling with how to review this one. I’m torn between my love/worship of Margaret Atwood, my admiration for the world she’s created in this trilogy, and my “meh” reaction to this book. Atwood has created a future world that is so detailed, down… Continue Reading “MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood”
I’ve become a big fan of Paulo Bacigalupi after reading his short stories and his first YA novel, Ship Breakers. Bacigalupi is not only a great writer and world-builder, but like all good science fiction or dystopian fiction, he makes really compelling statements about… Continue Reading “Review of The Drowned Cities by Paulo Bacigalupi”
Paulo Bacigalupi is the author of the award-winning science fiction novel, The Windup Girl, and a young adult novel called Ship Breaker. I loved Ship Breaker; but I’ve tried to read The Windup Girl and found it difficult to get into. Bacigalupi introduces a… Continue Reading “Review: Pump Six and Other Stories by Paulo Bacigalupi”
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