Archive for the ‘Science Fiction’ Category

Hazards of Time Travel, by Joyce Carol Oates

March 20, 2019

[Lesley] So strange! So good! I have read more time travel novels than I can count but never one like this. We can’t be sure (any more than the main character) if time travel is even happening, or if any part of any world is real. The characters are real (meaning they are real people – but not necessarily who they seem to be) – all the rest seems to be real (the character’s past, the society she is from, the reason and method she finds herself in “zone 9”) but the reality gets very fuzzy for us at the same pace that it is for her. I admire Joyce Carol Oates as a writer and have liked every book of hers that I have read. She is different from most prolific authors in that she manages to write in diverse voices and create wildly different stories (see The Falls compared with this book) in more than one genre. Never a dull moment – or story – from Joyce Carol Oates.

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Wolves of the Calla, by Stephen King

October 26, 2017

528084[Sara] The audiobook of Wolves of the Calla was wonderful– I’m a little late in reading the Dark Tower series but am catching up bit by bit. This, the fifth book in the series, brings in more examples of self-awareness in the Stephen King universe and the connections and redundancies between different versions of reality. I highly recommend this series for those of his fans who haven’t yet read it. It looks daunting size-wise, but moves along at a perfect pace. Plus, I get the rare feeling of excitement at the end of each book knowing both that the story continues and that the next audiobook in the series is already published!

The narrator of this book, George Guidall, does a fantastic performance, but it took a few chapters to become accustomed to him after listening to the late Frank Muller narrate the first four books. Looking forward to listening to Guidall narrate book 6!

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Space Battle Lunchtime : lights, camera, snacktion! by Natalie Riess

May 9, 2017

[Sam] Have you ever watched Iron Chef and thought, this is great but I really wish the contestants were aliens? If you are currently shouting at your screen “YES, YES, I THINK THAT ALL THE TIME!!!” this graphic novel is so for you. Don’t read any further, just take my word for it and put it on hold,  Find it Here.

Now for the rest of you, who maybe don’t spend as much energy wishing extraterrestrials would invade your favorite reality show, don’t worry this book is also for you. In fact you may have a lot in come with the main character of this book. Peony was honestly very happy being an awesome baker in an adorable earth based coffee shop. But after unwittingly accepting an offer from a strange customer she finds herself the newest contestant on Space Battle Lunchtime, a super popular alien cooking competition broadcast all over the universe.

This graphic novel is just fun. The art is bright, the story is simple, but entertaining. A fun read for kids or adults! Check it out now and you’ll be all caught up when vol. 2 arrives this summer.

The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell

August 10, 2015

[Lesley] I have intended to read David Mitchell’s most famous novel, Cloud Atlas, for ages. I always get intimidated before starting and end up putting it back to wait for another day. Having heard nothing really about his new book The Bone Clocks, I dove in without hesitation. Wow. This is sci fi in one of my favorite guises — as if it isn’t sci fi at all. Our main character Holly Sykes, is pulled into a strange and hidden war after a fight with her mother over a boyfriend. This war is so hidden that it is hidden from Holly herself throughout her life, despite the presence of consequences. The horologists (people who don’t ever really die, but are reincarnated in new bodies) have fought the Anchorites (people who live forever by stealing and sacrificing the souls of Bone Clocks – that’s us, by the way) for millennia and sometimes psychic-sensitive bone clocks like Holly get caught in the middle.

Thisbone-clocks book isn’t completely successful. Some of the first-person sections were too long (I’m looking at you Crispin Hershey and Marinus) and the actual battle between the Horologists and the Anchorites was almost silly in some ways. The ending however more than makes up for any weaknesses in the middle. “Haunting” was how one person described it to me and I agree. Mitchell’s stories and writing are so smart that they will definitely stay with me.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

March 30, 2015


This book was so much fun to read. If you like 1980s pop culture want a good science fiction story, this is the book for you.

Burn, by Julianna Baggott (The Pure Trilogy)

April 26, 2014

[Lesley] Burn is the 3rd book in the Pure trilogy and it was equally as good as books 1 & 2.  When I came to the end I couldn’t believe it… I would definitely read another book about this world and these characters. It is hard for trilogies to maintain such a high level of quality all the way through but I was never disappointed with these. Somehow Baggott has put a new spin on post-apocalyptic fiction and creates a story that delves deeply into what makes us human.

Lexicon, by Max Barry

December 26, 2013

[Lesley]  I first read Max Barry with his book Jennifer Government and I loved the directness of his writing/storytelling and his clever mind and characters. This book was equally as good in exactly those ways. Lexicon takes on weaponized language & words being used by a secretive agency in ways we never entirely understand. Like most successful secret agencies, the agents are mostly isolated, never knowing more than what they “need-to-know” which limits their power even as they are given very powerful tools to use as they are instructed. Sharp, funny, techno (ish), sci-fi.

Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson

March 1, 2013

[Lesley] When I first heard about this book I was reminded of Charles de Lint’s Spirits in the Wires. Turns out the books are very different, but they do share an interesting tension between modern (and even futuristic) technology and old or even ancient stories and magic. The setting in “a city” in the Middle East (never really identified) was described in detail and it helped to bring the whole story and characters to life for me. The ending was a bit overly-tidy for my tastes but it didn’t undermine my enjoyment of the book. I’m so glad this was recommended to me by a friend since I don’t think I would have discovered it on my own.

Robopocalypse, by Daniel Wilson

December 22, 2011

[Lesley] Great sci-fi. Amazing descriptions of the technology but still essentially about humanity.  If you think it might be like the Terminator movies — it definitely isn’t.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

May 18, 2010


This is a riveting, suspenseful, really good young adult novel. The main character, 16 year old  Katniss, is powerful and smart and sympathetic.  It’s a futuristic, dark premise, but there are some really lovely moments in it, and the story is just really well told.