Category Archives: Science & Speculative Fiction

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan; Just My Type, by Simon Garfield

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A fiction adventure that will make you want to learn about typography, and a non-fiction book to teach you about it.

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The Twelve, by Justin Cronin: 3.5/5

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In this sequel to The Passage, more stories of the apocalypse and its victims are told. And 100 years in the future, the story of the last human stand against the Virals, and Amy …

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The Passage, by Justin Cronin: 4/5

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A government experiment to prolong human life goes horribly wrong, releasing 12 Virals—mutated, super-strong, undying creatures with an insatiable hunger and a desire to spread—upon …

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The Woman Who Died A Lot, by Jasper Fforde: 3.5/5

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Thursday is stuck in the real world, recuperating from some very painful injuries. But if anyone expected Thursday Next to take a vacation …

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The Future of Us, by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler: 3/5

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Good for: Young adult romance fans, people who like very very soft science fiction. Anyone looking for a short, breezy weekend read …

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Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline: 4/5

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Good for: You, if you like fun! This was released as adult fiction, but has that quality of being good for young adults by being about young adults. But …

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The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter: 3/5

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Good for: It’s a passably good science fiction novel, with some humorous elements and a couple good dramatic stories. Fans of such things …

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Shine Shine Shine, by Lydia Netzer: 4/5

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Good for: It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but the more I mull it over, the more I think this could be one of my favorite books of the year …

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Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell: 5/5

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Good for: People who like books that are awesome. Adventure, science fiction, historical fiction, and suspense thriller—this book has a story …

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One of our Thursdays is Missing, by Jasper Fforde: 4/5

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Today’s review is (once again) part of a pretty long ongoing series, and comes bundled with an illustrated primer. Thursday Next Primer (Click to expand) …

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