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A review in which we are…conflicted. Title: The Dark Forest Author: Cixin Liu Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Books Publication Date: August 11 2015 Hardcover: 512 Pages This is the second novel in the “Three Body” near-future trilogy. Written by the China’s multiple-award-winning science fiction author, Cixin Liu. In Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from […]
It’s Friday Monday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today, Thea continues with the Star Wars readathon and reviews Dark Disciple by Christie Golden–a book that follows one of Thea’s favorite characters from the Star Wars Expanded Universe, period. Asajj Ventress is a fascinating female character who went through […]
A trilogy ender that is solid…until its hugely problematic resolution. Title: Earth Flight Author: Janet Edwards Genre: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Publisher: Pyr Publication Date: September 2015 Hardcover: 300 pages Jarra never wanted to be a celebrity. All she ever wanted was to gain some respect for the people left on Earth: the […]
Title: Tiger Moon Author: Antonia Michaelis Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, PoC Publisher: Harry N. Abrams Publication date: Published in English in 2009 Paperback: 464 pages This bewitching story within a story, set in magical India, explores the power of narrative to change the course of lives. Raka, the doomed young bride of a violent merchant, […]
Title: The Vanishing Game Author: Kate Kae Myers Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication date: February 14 2012 Hardcover: 353 pages Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn follows clues apparently from her dead twin, Jack, in and around Seale House, the terrifying foster home where they once lived. With help from childhood friend Noah she begins to […]
Title: Nemesis Author: Mark Millar (writer) / Steve McNiven (artist) Genre: Grim and Gritty/ Urban Fantasy/ Graphic Novel Publisher: Marvel (US) / Titan (UK) Publication date: February 2011 Hardcover: 112 pages CIVIL WAR? Nothing. KICK-ASS? A warmup. What if the smartest, toughest costumed bad ass in the world was totally evil? Meet Nemesis. He’s systematically […]
It’s Austenmania! Today we do a little homage to the queen of Historical Romance herself, the indomitable Jane Austen. With a twist – both books we are reviewing take Jane Austen in the modern era, either in spirit (literally), or in form… Title: Austenland Author: Shannon Hale Genre: Chick Lit Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Publishing Date: […]
Title: Demon Diary (vol 1) Author:Written by Lee Chi Hyong; Illustrated by Kara Genre: Manhwa (South Korean) – Comedy/Fantasy Publisher: Tokyopop Press Inc Publication Date: 1 Jun 2004 Paperback: 192 pages Summary: Raenef is the black sheep of the demon court, with minimal knowledge of magic and courtly etiquette. In order to help him claim […]
Thea: So, now you’ve read one of my Desert Island Keepers! What was your first impression of the novel? Ana: Astonishment. I started reading it with not a small amount of trepidation. Not only this was my first full length Stephen King novel (not counting The Gunslinger which is so short – I loved it […]
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