Books reviews of the best science fiction stories, texts, educational texts, and journals.
“Red Claw” by Philip Palmer, is something I picked up at a Half Price Books years ago. I was sitting at my desk, wondering what book should I choose for a review, when this fun science fiction book that entertained me for some odd number of weeks all those years ago beckoned to me. “Red Claw” was such an entertaining book to read, and frankly a lot of the criticisms of it were the reasons I loved it so much. Claiming it reads like a video game is an injustice to this book (as well as video games by the way). It’s action, joke, gore, and social commentary packed. If it’s a video game in book form, then it stands with the likes of “Bioshock Infinite” and “The Last of Us”, albeit with a lot more clever and dark humor. Can I be blamed and shamed for laughing out loud when the militant leader of a survivor group pretends to be dead, but the scientist strangling him knows better so he keeps choking him? Or when we are introduced to a character who lives his entire life over in his head, sees the signs that he was destined for greatness, to be a God among men, and save the day, only to be immediately killed when his thought is finished? That is top tier humor, the only kind that can be made for an ultra violent science fiction novel of such proportions.
One man, one goal, 41 absurdist fantasy novels. Join me in my quest to spend this year reviewing each and every novel in the Discworld series. If this is the first review you're seeing, here is the previous review.
Namo Namaha friends. In this post I'll be reviewing the first book I completed in January 2021. I am ecstatic that my very first read of the first calendar month of the year, has been a 5 ⭐s read🤩.
Ursula K. Le Guin’s novels defy classification as to whether they are speculative fiction or simply literary fantasy—her exquisite prose creating rich tapestries, surreal dreams of plot and character, woven with fierce threads of social and philosophic commentary.
I love Discworld. It is, without exaggeration, my favorite book series of all time. Terry Pratchett created a funny and thoughtful world all on one little disc atop four elephants atop a giant turtle. So, this year, I'm going to review each and every single book in this 41 novel epic. Let's get started.
Namo Namaha friends, I finally read The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. The first book from an adult fantasy series, based on the Sino-Japanese war during the World War II era.
The House in the Cerulean Sea, written by T.J. Klune, is a contemporary fantasy/LGBTQ+ romance that poses two very simple questions: what do we gain by taking a chance on other people, and why are we so often reluctant to take a chance on ourselves?
It's no secret that I am an avid reader. I read over a hundred books in 2020 and I'm eager to read just as many in 2021. Reading is one way to open your mind, to expand your way of seeing the world. We all come from our own limited perspective, and finding new perspectives is one of the many benefits of being well-read.
Author Snippet − T. Bishop is a 27-year-old author breaking into the industry with her first novel in the genre of Historic Fantasy. A strong supporter of the LGBTQ, she is an inspiration to all.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote this short story in reference to "The Angel in the House" by Coventry Patmore in 1854. Many authors and publishers took to this poem and wrote their own responses to this "Angel." Gilman started her short story by poking fun at the idea of the Angel and mocking the origin of it.
This book was really strange because it was one of my random reads of the week and instead of going straight for the reviews before buying it - I just bought it and went into reading the thing as soon as it came to my door. I enjoyed the concept, I enjoyed the idea of the stone man but what I did not enjoy was the characters or the writing style. Forgive me, but I feel like the writing style is a bit too post-modern for me. It is too out there and when the descriptive nature is constantly being interrupted by another narrative, it is really hard to get going. I can understand why others enjoy it, but it just was not for me. It is a book that honestly employs different storytelling techniques and for someone who knows what they enjoy in fiction, I could not get into this one.
Wynter is a half-elf torn by his dark and mysterious past and his love for the elf maiden Arianna. As their travels lead them through the twilight world of Aria, a prophecy speaks of challenging the gods. While evil, once asleep, will test his love for Arianna and the world he lives in. With every turn, their challenges grow dark, and hope seems to dim as the oceans and skies themselves threaten to overwhelm Wynter and Arianna.