Category Archives: Science Fiction Reviews

Throwback Thursday – Snow Crash

 

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of BRD’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

Snow Crash (3/5)
By: Neal Stephenson
Length: 470 pages
Published: June 1992
Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk, Dystopian

My book club has started a new initiative to read a book each month from a different sub-genre of Science Fiction or Fantasy. The theme for March was Cyberpunk and we all chose Snow Crash to read and discuss. The only other Cyberpunk book I am aware of having read is Ready Player One, so I was excited to learn more about this interesting off-shoot of Science Fiction.

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Beyond Here Lies Nothing – Book Review

 

Beyond Here Lies Nothing

by Lee Guthrie, Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Rating: 4 stars
Beyond Here Lies Nothing pays heavy homage to the Fallout Series of video games. The author acknowledges this by quoting Fallout New Vegas at the beginning of the book, so the reader can expect an experience that delivers the adventure and tragedy of wandering the wasteland.

The story follows protagonist Lily on her search for the fabled Haven, a promised land of sorts. Along the way she stumbles upon Operative 74, a deserter on the run from the Coalition. The Coalition is the big, bad military expansionist power intent on usurping the surrounding independent and fertile lands. The two are polar opposites but form an uneasy alliance in order to survive the dangers of the wastes.

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Throwback Thursday: The Pledge – Book Review

 

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of BRD’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting    5/5*****

Seventeen-year-old Charlaina  is from Ludania, a country ruled by a cruel queen. The country is divided into a class system and every class has its own language. No lower-class citizens of Ludania can speak or even understand the language of the upper-class. Even to look upon an upper-class citizen while they speak their language is punishable by death, as is understanding a language not meant for you.

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H20 – Book Review

 

H20 by Virginia Bergin

Remember the game we all played as children called “Hot Lava” where you jumped from couch to table to desk to avoid touching the ground aka “the lava”. Sometimes you even got creative and took the couch cushions and pillows with you to get farther through the house. Well, that is this book, except if you touch it, you will die.

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Stolen Ink – Book Review

 

Book Review: Stolen Ink by Holly Evans

You know that shortlist of back-of-the-book keywords that are krypton to your wallet? One moment you’re browsing the shelf, the next you’re in the checkout isle, and all because the book mentioned a psychic cat familiar or told you you’re about to embark on a urban fantasy romance filled with tattoo magic. Or both.

Definitely both.

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They Mostly Come Out at Night – Book Review

 

They Mostly Come Out at Night by Benedict Patrick

Many thanks to the author for providing a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

5/5 stars.

I am just going to make a note at the beginning of my review: this is an honest review. I’m not giving this 5/5 stars as a favor or anything like that. I don’t do that stuff.

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The Paper Magician – Book Review

 

I read The Paper Magician basically in two days. I got the Kindle version, probably at some kind of a discount because that’s the only time I buy ebooks. I was drawn to the artful cover of the book, with the woman in her Mary Poppins-style dress and umbrella. Knowing nothing about the book going into it, I was pleased to find a cleverly-crafted tale about Ceony (how do you pronounce that?

Does it rhyme with “peony” or is more like “Coney” like Coney Island?), a young girl who is sent off to be a magician’s apprentice with a mysterious man named Emery Thane. She’s to apprentice in paper magic, which was not her first choice, but due to a dwindling number of paper magicians in the world, she’s forced into the craft.

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The Final Trade – Book Review

 

Author: Joe Hart

Title: The Final Trade

Series: The Dominion Trilogy #2

Genre: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic

Published: September 13th 2016 by Thomas & Mercer

Rating: Four Stars

At the end of The Last Girl,  Zoe and her friends helped her attack the ARC and rescue some of the girls who remained there… but not all of them. Her friends Lily and Terra were killed, as well as Lee’s father, Simon—Zoe’s Cleric when she was imprisoned in the ARC. Zoe nearly died after being shot, and was left temporarily paralyzed from her injury. Worst of all, Lee abandoned her because she was a constant reminder of his father’s death.

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Toward A Secret Sky – Book Review

 

Toward A Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

Published April 4th 2017

368 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.

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