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Showing entries tagged: 'Science Fiction / Fantasy'

The Martian and Shovel Ready

By Jacki P on May 19, 2014 12:36 PM

        After a dust storm causes his team to evacuate Mars, astronaut Mark Watney must learn to survive the red planet’s inhumane terrain. The Martian, a debut novel by Andy Weir, is a great read for fans of hard SF, as Watney is able to stay alive only by attacking problem after problem with scientific precision and ingenuity.   ​ Spademan is a garbageman – his own term for…

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In time so long ago begins our play, In star-crossed galaxy far, far away.

By Jacki Potratz on May 3, 2014 11:51 AM

There’s been an odd trend of ‘literary mash-ups’ in the past few years, exemplified by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies among others. While many of these are books are just shoe-horning some ridiculous genre element into various literary classic (Android Karenina, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters), there are some nice and more creative efforts that grace the shelves of your local Milwaukee Public Library.…

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Conspiracy and rebellion...

By jacki_1 on Apr 17, 2014 10:06 AM

are central to Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau, the second book in The Testing trilogy. Cia has finally made it to university. Only the best and brightest will be groomed as future leaders -and the rest get "redirected". The pressure is greater than ever to succeed, and Cia will need all the help she can get -if she can figure out who to trust. This…

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St. Patrick's Day Recommendations 2014

By tim on Mar 11, 2014 3:02 PM

Today is St. Patrick's Day, a day that is technically a Christian feast day in honor of the patron saint of Ireland, but has somehow turned into a day where you drink beer with artificial coloring, have strangers kiss you because of your probably dubious 'Irish' heritage, and physically accost those who have committed the foul crime of not wearing the color green. So in honor…

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