Tag Archives: dystopia

Depth by Lev Ac Rosen

Read January 2016 Recommended for fans of dystopian mysteries, cigarettes, underwater NYC  ★    ★    ★    If you’ll forgive the pun, I’m a bit out of my depth here. How do I describe a book that only took … Continue reading

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The Artful by Wilbert Stanton. Not really.

Read July 2015 Recommended for tolerant fans of young adult dystopias who want to read a movie script  ★    1/2 Truthfully, I can only blame myself. With a well-known addiction to the apocalypse (but a choosy one), a kindle … Continue reading

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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes.

Read December 2013 ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 Zoo City is one of the more original, complicated fantasy books that I’ve read this year. I’m not even sure how to tag it, that’s how many elements come into play. Urban … Continue reading

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China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh

Read November, 2013 ★   ★   ★   ★   1/2 China Mountain Zhang is an impressive work, well deserving of its Hugo and Nebula nominations and its Tiptree and Lambda awards. Thoughtful, precise writing and Zhang’s fully developed … Continue reading

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Or, Third Verse, Same as the First.

Recommended for: dystopia fans, series completionists, revolutionaries Read on February 28, 2013 ★★★ 1/2 A hero who is not only reluctant, but downright surly. Who could blame her? Initially acting out of defense for a beloved sister, the symbol of … Continue reading

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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Or Empire Strikes Again.

Recommended for: dystopia fans, revolutionaries Read from February 17 to 20, 2013, read count: once and a little. ★   ★   ★   ★ Ah, the second book in a trilogy, notorious for the potential lull. But for me, this was the … Continue reading

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Wool, by Hugh Howey, or fanning the flames

Recommended for: dystopia fans, revolutionaries, thoughtful fantasists Read March 2013 ★  ★  ★  ★  ★ Forget Wool. This should have been called Forge. Writing that’s a power-punch to the gut. Direct, slow build of heat, singeing as it suddenly roars … Continue reading

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The Stand by Stephen King, or dear Stephen, it’s not working out

Recommended for: King fans; apocalypse fans Read from December 20 to 22, 2011 ★  ★  ★ Dear Stephen, I’m sorry. I just don’t like you in that way. I know we’ve been friends for a long time, but I just … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, or a myth in search of someplace warm

Recommended for: readers who like action-focused plot and can handle post-apocalyptic setting Read on February 16, 2013, read count: once. I can see reading it again. ★★★ 1/2 Everyone’s reviewed The Hunger Games. It’s time someone reviewed the setting, specifically, … Continue reading

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