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Showing entries tagged: 'Science Fiction / Fantasy'


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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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

By jacki_1 on Feb 27, 2014 9:59 AM

Red Rising by Pierce Brown follows Darrow and his fellow Reds as they toil in the brutal mines of Mars, enslaved by the cruel Golds who promise their labor will someday make the surface habitable. Hope for a better future keeps the Reds working, but an incredible tragedy reveals Darrow's entire world is a lie. To expose the Golds' treachery, Darrow is thrust into an…

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Redshirts by John Scalzi

By tim on Feb 24, 2014 1:42 PM

John Scalzi's Hugo-winning book Redshirts is an odd duck, to be certain. As it starts, it seems like an excellent pastiche of the sci-fi phenomena of the 'Red Shirt'. For those not up on their tropes (and haven't gotten themselves trapped reading everything on the site I just linked), the Red Shirt is a character who is introduced solely to die for dramatic effect. In…

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