Book Reviews, science fiction 3 comments on Fallen – by Traci L. Slatton

Fallen – by Traci L. Slatton

Fallen is a book that I fell in love with almost immediately. It is a story that takes place in an apocalyptic world, not too far in the future. I tend to gravitate towards these types of stories. Either I am fascinated by the differences between the world I live in and the “alternate universe” one presented in a post-apocolyptic story, or some part of me just wants to “watch the world burn”. Either way, I found Fallen to be completely captivating.

The main character is a woman named Emma, who has become the caretaker of a group of children. One of the children, Mandy, is her own. The rest are, essentially, orphans due to the mists that are plaguing the world.

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Book Reviews, science fiction 0 comments on The Blue-Haired Bombshell – by John Zakour

The Blue-Haired Bombshell – by John Zakour

The Blue-Haired Bombshell was handed to me by a friend of mine, who remembered when I used to dye my hair blue. I could immediately tell that the book came from the sci-fi section, but was somewhat hesitant about reading it. I mean, it just about screamed out “cheesy”.

Once I opened the book, I realized that it had way more potential than I’d first guessed. Here we have a really silly and fun book, that combines classic sci-fi concepts with both sarcastic and goofy humor.

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Book Reviews, science fiction 0 comments on Prey – by Michael Crichton

Prey – by Michael Crichton

Somewhere in Nevada, science has gone terribly wrong. The book Prey can be described as a science-fiction/thriller.

Jack, a self described “househusband”, stays home and takes care of his three children. Julia, his wife, is a scientist, working on a top secret project that Jack (and the other spouses) know almost nothing about. It turns out that no one, not even the scientists in charge of this project, were very well informed about what it was they were up against.

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Book Reviews, science fiction 0 comments on Altered Carbon – by Richard K. Morgan

Altered Carbon – by Richard K. Morgan

Are we defined by our bodies? Or is who we are something more intangible than that? Morgan brings up some very interesting concepts in Altered Carbon, which is the first in his series. This book will make you think.

Set in the twenty-fifth century, we follow Takeshi Kovacs, who once was a U.N. Envoy. He is about to be involved in a conspiracy, that is more tangled than the batch of wires coming out of a server room, and darker than a murderer’s soul.

He has no choice in the matter. Kovacs knows almost nothing about the situation he finds himself in, and he pieces it together, slowly, as the story moves.

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Book Reviews, science fiction 0 comments on Fahrenheit 451 – by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 – by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 focuses on Guy Montag, who is a “fireman”. His job, in this dystopia of a world, is to start fires, not to put them out. He and the other firemen get calls that direct them to the houses they are supposed to go burn down.

Why choose those particular houses? The houses the “firemen” are sent to belong to people who have gathered up and hidden away a very dangerous substance that the government does not want the general population to be infected with. The substance in question is books.

All books are banned and destroyed. People found with books are also destroyed, often by the fireman at the scene of the crime.

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Book Reviews, science fiction 0 comments on Outrageous Fortune – by Tim Scott

Outrageous Fortune – by Tim Scott

Outrageous Fortune begins with Jonny X67’s house having been stolen while he was at work designing dreams. Not robbed, not broken into, the entire house has been taken away.

All that is left is a business card, dropped by the thieves, that says “Don’t you hate it when this happens?” and a phone number.

From out of the sky drops a relentless encyclopedia saleswoman, who has jumped from an helicopter. Seems she knew he would be vulnerable at that moment, and is going for a big sale. Things get more bizarre from there.

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Book Reviews, science fiction 0 comments on The Time Traveler’s Wife – by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife – by Audrey Niffenegger

I was surprised by how much I liked this book.

It was a bit strange, in every way I can think of. The Time Traveler’s Wife is the story of Henry DeTamble who, through some fluke in genetics, is a time traveler.  It is also the story of his wife, Clare, who he often goes to meet when he time travels. Henry has no control over when he time travels, or when/where he goes.

He can’t bring anything with him, other than himself. This includes clothing and food, which makes Henry’s life a difficult and dangerous one sometimes.

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Book Reviews, science fiction 0 comments on The Swarm – by Frank Schatzing

The Swarm – by Frank Schatzing

The Swarm is a science-fiction book that focuses on biology and genetics.  The main premise is that there are aliens living in the oceans, who have been there much longer than humans.  The aliens are much smarter than we are, and have gotten really tired of our destructive ways.

Most of the characters in the book are scientists, from different countries and branches of science.  They are trying to connect the dots between the many catastrophes and plagues that are happening around the world – in the hopes of discovering the source of it all.

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Book Reviews, science fiction 0 comments on Pattern Recognition – by William Gibson

Pattern Recognition – by William Gibson

Pattern Recognition is a novel set shortly after the events that took place in the United States on September 11, 2001. The book was published in 2005.

Cayce Pollard is a “coolhunter”, which means she has a gift for spotting the next cool trend. Big companies hire her to find that for them, and also to judge if their next logo is going to work for them or not. She leads a very solitary life, traveling from country to country for work.

In her spare time, she has become enamored with something called “The Footage”, which appears to be parts of a movie, snipped up, mixed up, and sent out onto the internet, somewhere, for people to find and comment on.

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