Emerge Review (Young Adult Dystopian)

Emerge ReviewIn Emerge: Six years ago, a highly contagious virus wiped out more than ninety-nine percent of the country’s population. The only person to contract the virus and survive, Cricket fled her identity and the safety of New Caelum, an airtight city. Now eighteen, she watches the city where the wealthy cocooned from the devastating outbreak. When the city’s rumbling incinerator wakes her one night while she and her friends are camping just beyond the city walls, she alone knows what the fiery machine means: the lethal virus is back.

Only eighteen, Westlin Layne is already being groomed to succeed his mother as New Caelum’s next president. Suddenly West’s sister develops symptoms of the deadly virus thought to be eradicated years ago. Placed under quarantine, the president confesses to West a long-held secret: Christina Black, West’s childhood friend and first love, survived the virus, and her body alone holds the precious antibodies to save his sister. Now West must leave the city to find Christina. But Cricket has no intention of being found. – Goodreads


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The Lathe of Heaven Review (Classic Science Fiction)

The Lathe of Heaven 1The Lathe of Heaven: In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George’s dreams for his own purposes.

The Lathe of Heaven is an eerily prescient novel from award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin that masterfully addresses the dangers of power and humanity’s self-destructiveness, questioning the nature of reality itself. It is a classic of the science fiction genre – Goodreads


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T5W: Science Fiction & Horror to Read Before 2017

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme, done by most book bloggers and booktubers. It’s started out by Lainey, but is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts On Tomes. Here’s theGoodreads group if you want to join in! My top 5 science fiction & horror to read before 2017 gets here. These do not include review submissions, but are already published books (though not necessarily new releases) that I need to read.

Science Fiction & Horror Books to Read Before 2017

The Kraken

The Kraken

The Kraken Synopsis:

In the Darwin Centre at London’s Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre’s prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis dux—better known as the Giant Squid. But Billy’s tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air.

As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizens—human and otherwise—are adept in magic and murder.

There is the Congregation of God Kraken, a sect of squid worshippers whose roots go back to the dawn of humanity—and beyond. There is the criminal mastermind known as the Tattoo, a merciless maniac inked onto the flesh of a hapless victim. There is the FSRC—the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit—a branch of London’s finest that fights sorcery with sorcery. There is Wati, a spirit from ancient Egypt who leads a ragtag union of magical familiars. There are the Londonmancers, who read the future in the city’s entrails. There is Grisamentum, London’s greatest wizard, whose shadow lingers long after his death. And then there is Goss and Subby, an ageless old man and a cretinous boy who, together, constitute a terrifying—yet darkly charismatic—demonic duo.

All of them—and others—are in pursuit of Billy, who inadvertently holds the key to the missing squid, an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be.

 

 

 

It’s possible that a big part of this may be so I can use the following gif at the beginning of the review. Not gonna lie.


Burnt Offerings

Burnt OfferingsBurnt Offerings Synopsis: The Rolfes — Ben, wife Marian, son David, and Aunt Elizabeth — are a pleasant family from New York seeking to escape from the doldrums of a summer in their Queens apartment. They find a beautiful old country mansion on Long Island — restful, secluded, with pool and private beach — perfect, for the right people. But their “perfect” summer home hides terrors beyond their wildest imaginings. During that long summer the house becomes a nightmare from which there seems to be no escape.


I, Robot

I RobotI, Robot Synopsis: The three laws of Robotics:
1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2) A robot must obey orders givein to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future–a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.

Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world–all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asmiov’s trademark.

 

 

 

Is this gif not creepy as Hades?


The Mote in God’s Eye

The Mote in Gods EyeThe Mote in God’s Eye Synopsis: In 3016, the 2nd Empire of Man spans hundreds of star systems, thanks to faster-than-light Alderson Drive. Intelligent beings are finally found from the Mote, an isolated star in a thick dust cloud. The bottled-up ancient civilization, at least one million years old, are welcoming, kind, yet evasive, with a dark problem they have not solved in over a million years.


House of Leaves

House of Leaves Synopsis: 

Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth — musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies — the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.

Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.

The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story — of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.

TTT: They Came, They Sat, They Went Unread.

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Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet is the topic of this Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish. In my case, I’m going to do the ten audio books still collecting dust on my virtual shelf. I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought some of these.

 

Tsundoku Problem

They Came, They Sat, They Went Unread

10 Audio Books I Still Need to Read

Mysterious Affair at Styles First Grave on the RightThe Way of Kings Stainless Steel Rat

Flight of the Silvers Legend Lock In BOne Dust White

Expendable Theft of Swords

 

  1. The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie
    1. I think it was more the shame of never having read one of her books rather than the actual wanting to read one of her books that made me purchase it. My fallback for these types of books is that if I think it’ll be boring, I’ll get the audio book version since that’s generally more entertaining.
  2. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
    1. The cover is cool, the synopsis sounded awesome. I don’t regret getting it, but… yeah, it just has never actually been something I was interested in starting to read. I will. Eventually.
  3. The Way of Kings by Brian Sanderson
    1. Okay, so this is a partial read. I actually listened to the first 30 minutes or so and… I just didn’t care about it. But I keep hearing good things about it, so I will give it another shot at some point. (I’m actually quite decent about forcing my way through an audio book. Its the only way I’m finishing Leviathan Wakes right now.)
  4. The Stainless Steel Rat by Henry Harrison
    1. Picked it up from an Audible Sale because I’d heard it talked up positively. I think I’m just afraid since it’s an older book that it’ll be very dated.
  5. The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price
    1. Actually this is a partial read too. I tend to start these books at bedtime, and if I can fall asleep easily to them..lets just say they don’t get finished as much as they should.
  6. Legend (Event #2) by David Golemon
    1. The first Event book was fun! This one…….eventually I will like this one. Right? The first couple chapters I’ve listened to a few times now and it just can’t hook me.
  7. Lock In by John Scalzi
    1. I’ll confess, I got this one before I even knew the name “John Scalzi”. I got it because I knew the narrator as Tara from Buffy, so it was so wistful memory crap because I loved that show. I just wasn’t impressed, and couldn’t get into it.
  8. Bone Dust White by Karin Salvalaggio
    1. Audible Sale. (Who can pass up an audio book for 5.00?) I will read it eventually. Maybe. Probably. Hopefully.
  9. Expendable by James Alan Gardner
    1. I actually got halfway through this book before I just wandered away from it. I don’t know why.
  10. Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
    1. When am I going to learn to stop buying fantasy novels? I get bored with them way too easily to waste my money on them!!

 

Bloodwalker Review (Horror & Whodunnit)

BloodwalkerBloodwalker: Lightning flashes. Another child disappears…

When Zorka Circus performs, its big top roars with laughter and cheers, but when it moves on, there are fewer children in the European towns it leaves behind.

Circus Security Chief Rurik suspects a killer hides among the international performers, but they close ranks—they’ve always viewed lightning-scarred Rurik as the monster. Nevertheless, he’s determined to find the culprit and stop them before anyone else dies and the only place he can call home is ripped apart by the murders.

Into Zorka Circus comes the Skomori clan, despised as gravediggers and ghoulish bloodwalkers. A one-day truce allows bloodwalker Sylvie to marry. Instead, she finds a body. Alerting others will defy her clan’s strict rules, break the truce, and leave her an outcast.

When more bodies turn up, the killer’s trail becomes impossible to ignore. Rurik and Sylvie must follow the clues—even if they lead to something unimaginable. – Goodreads


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Collision Earth Review (Campy Space Disaster)

Collision EarthTitle: Collision Earth

Synopsis: When the sun converts to a magnetar for a short time, the planet Mercury is thrown out of orbit (along with a spaceship exploring it) and set on a collision course for Earth. Can a disgraced scientist manage to use his failed weapon system, Project 7, to save our planet?

Tagline: None, so here’s mine “MAGNETISM!”

Trailer: Collision Earth

Release Date: 2011-3-26 | MPAA Rating: PG | Coolthulhus Earned: 4


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You Need to Read This: “Kindred: A Book I Wish Never Read”

I know slavery is a horrible, awful mind-boggling stupid thing. I know that because I’m a decent human being. I don’t see how anyone ever thought it was an okay thing. I hate it when people are talking about something and are like “Well, you have to understand what things were like at that time.” No, I don’t have to understand what it was like at that time. Thinking “Hey, lookit, I can own this person” is just a shitty thing.   That’s like saying I have to respect someone’s beliefs. Nope, sorry, I don’t have to respect your beliefs.  I have to acknowledge that you have them, and (as long as they’re not hurting anybody) acknowledge your right to believe what you want, but I don’t have to respect them.

I also know that I can’t even begin to comprehend what it must be like to be African American even in today’s world. To know that it wasn’t that long ago – in the grand scheme of things – when people with my skin color were considered barely human. That we, as a whole, were treated like livestock. To sell, or trade, to breed, to screw, to kill, but not to ever be anything worthwhile. To have to fight for the ability to be treated like a white person. To know that whilst that’s no longer the case (even though some idjits with bad hair would like it to be), it’s still a part of my history that cannot be denied. I just can’t understand it, no matter how much I’d like to think I could at least kind of see it.

I’m white. I know what it’s like to be considered white redneck trash. But even white redneck trash can’t begin to comprehend the turbulent history that comes along with being black.

So, when I see a post like the one I’m sharing below, I had to pass it on. Because if she is this strongly affected by this book, even after a statement like

“I did not think much of his warning fooling myself into thinking that once I’ve read one book about slavery I’d read them all.” – Jedi Writes regarding Kindred

 

…then it has to be powerful, and painful, and a testament to the power that words can have on the human soul.

Click on the cover below to read Jedi Writes review of Kindred by Octavia Butler (on her blog).

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KINDRED: A BOOK I WISH I NEVER READ

 

The Other Side Review (Kids Fantasy)

The Other SideThe Other Side: You don’t know what they are, do you?” “No idea,” Tom said honestly. “They’re flying beasts that slice your head off with their tails before they reach in and pull your heart out,” Saafir said cheerfully. Thomas just wanted to fit in. So he agreed to go with the strange woman with red eyes. Now he lives in a tree house and learns magic at the School of Merlin. Everything should be great… But he still doesn’t fit in… and half, or most of the people there want to kill him… When he sleeps, he dreams of blood and murder… except, they’re more than just dreams… And the wolves… what do the wolves want with him? – Goodreads


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Science Fiction Books for Young Kids

Want to get your little reader into science fiction? You don’t have to wait until kids are even eleven or twelve to introduce them to science fiction.  There are science fiction books for young kids out there. You just need to know where to look! These books are anywhere from ‘perfect for beginning chapter readers’ to ‘may need a little help, but good bedtime stories together’ level. Also, keep in mind that the reading age is a recommended thing. You don’t have to stick to it. House of Robots, especially, is a great book that 7 or 8 year olds can enjoy if parents are reading with them at night.

I have found with my child that she can read almost anything, as long as I’m reading it with her. Take a chance with your kids! You might have to simplify some of the words, but you never know, you might find that you can already share a favorite sci-fi book with them!


Franny K Stein

Franny K. Stein: Mad Scientist – Franny K. Stein is not your average girl — she’s a mad scientist. She prefers poison ivy to daisies, and when Franny jumps rope, she uses her pet snake. The kids in Franny’s class think she’s weird, wacky, and just plain creepy. 


Tired of being stared at, Franny decides to attempt her most dangerous experiment yet — she’s going to fit in. but when a giant Monstrous Fiend attacks the class, everyone knows it’s up to a mad scientist to save the day. But has Franny lost her creepy, crawly ways?


March of the Mini Beasts

The Data Set: March of the Mini Beasts – What would happen if your next-door neighbor were a mad scientist?

Gabe, Laura, and Cesar live on a quiet cul-de-sac. They are the whiz kids of Newtonburg Elementary and each specializes in their own subject. In fact, everyone in town lovingly refers to them as the Data Set. However, their quiet days of learning take a sudden turn for the exciting when they meet Dr. Gustav Bunsen—a mad scientist who throws the kids into a wild spiral of adventures.

When Dr. Bunsen’s latest invention, a growth ray, hits several tiny animal toys, the mini beasts don’t just grow, they come to life! The DATA Set love their new tiny pets…until they continue to grow. Now there’s an actual elephant in the room—not to mention a chimp, a giraffe, and a dinosaur. When the beasts wander off, it’s up to the DATA Set to track them down. But will they catch the mini beasts before they grow big enough to start trouble in town?


Revenge of the Giant Robot ChickensRevenge of the Giant Robot Chickens -Not too long ago the children of Aberdeen struck a blow against the tyranny of their oppressors — an army of giant robot chickens. But the chickens were not defeated and now the city’s warring factions have formed a council hoping to keep their chicken overlords at bay. But there’s a new robot chicken on the block, the Chickenator! When the new chicken starts to target council members, pecking them up one by one, Rayna suspects fowl play. How are the chickens tracking council members down so precisely? Could there be a spy in the council? Meanwhile, Jesse tries to hatch a plan to crack the chickens and set the human captives, including his older brother, free. Who will have the last cluck?


House of Robots

House of Robots: It was never easy for Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he’s dreading the day when his genius mom insists he bring her newest invention to school: a walking, talking robot he calls E–for “Error”. Sammy’s no stranger to robots–his house is full of a colorful cast of them. But this one not only thinks it’s Sammy’s brother… it’s actually even nerdier than Sammy. Will E be Sammy’s one-way ticket to Loserville? Or will he prove to the world that it’s cool to be square? It’s a roller-coaster ride for Sammy to discover the amazing secret E holds that could change family forever… if all goes well on the trial run!


Aoleon

Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.
Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.

Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).
And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.
Never…until now!


A Wrinkle in TimeA Wrinkle in Time: It was a dark and stormy night.

Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure – one that will threaten their lives and our universe.


Do you have any recommendations for science fiction books for young kids? Feel free to list them in the comments below! If I get enough suggestions, I’ll do a ‘readers suggested’ list.  I know when I was looking on Goodreads, there were lots of books on lists for kids that I honestly didn’t recognize. Most of them, however, seemed to be for older kids. I was more interested in science fiction books for young kids.

**Covers and Synopses are from Goodreads**

Favorite Quotes #1 – Richard Price

Burnt Socks Richard Price

The very first quote on this bi-weekly “Favorite Quotes” section I’ll shall be hosting is from Richard Price.

Why did I choose it? Because I feel like more authors need to understand this. Shoving all the gore and brutality in someone’s face is occasionally effective, but if you want to make the a better impression, find more subtle ways to do it.

Richard Price is most known for The Wanderers, Clockers, and Lush Life.

Here’s his Macmillan author page.

  • I love Audible. Tons of books, fantastic narrators, good prices.