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Lock In – John Scalzi

In less than 350 pages, Scalzi creates a complete, detailed world with interesting characters and an engrossing murder mystery while also raising important questions about the rights of disabled persons.

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The Passage – Justin Cronin

A twist on both the vampire and zombie fads, The Passage is a story of human genius quickly gone awry; of a manufactured virus that does not kill those it infects, but rather transforms them into something inhumanly powerful, incredibly bloodthirsty—and immortal. It only took one night for the world to change forever, and now…

The Age of Miracles - Solar Eclipse

The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker

The Age of Miracles tells the story of twelve-year-old Julia, who wakes up one morning to discover—along with the rest of the world—that the Earth’s rotation has begun to slow. As both the days and nights grow longer, the gravity and the weather are not the only things to be affected: Julia must also deal…

World War Z FI

World War Z – Max Brooks

I bought this book for my boyfriend several months ago. He loved it, so I thought I would give it a try, despite being rather annoyed at the whole preponderance of the zombie genre (it’s totally not my thing, although I do fully intend to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies one day, just so…

Science Fiction vs. Literature

Science Fiction vs. Literature

I don’t know about you guys, but I definitely think science fiction has a place in literature. You’ve got H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, and (sort of) Ayn Rand (I’m thinking mostly of Anthem here) already representing the genre–and I would think most people would consider the works of these authors “classics.” I…

Penny: "It looks like something that Elton John would ride through the Everglades."

#797: The Time Machine – H. G. Wells

The Time Machine is the first book I downloaded on iBooks, and the second I finished on it (I finished Mile 81 first). Somehow, I’m not really sure how, it’s become completely natural to swipe to turn a page. Something I like more about iBooks than about the Kindle is that it actually gives you…

Divergent – Veronica Roth

I’ve been hearing about this book for a while. I’d heard it was the next Hunger Games—in the words of my friend Nicole, it has a “female protagonist who kicks ass, dystopian society [that] is split up into different specialties, war”—so definitely very similar. But I’d venture to say it was even better than The…

The Gunslinger – Stephen King

So…it’s just come to my attention that I have forgotten to write about The Gunslinger. Oops. Bad me. I finished it months ago and I don’t remember a lot about it so this is going to be a short review. Anyway, maybe it’s because it took me so long, but this is another one that…

Lightning – Dean Koontz

I found Lightning a few years ago at a garage sale. It’s an ancient hardcover (okay, maybe not ancient, but it’s older than I am) with a tattered cover and yellowing pages. I’m pretty sure I got it for only a dollar, but after having read it three times, I can definitely say it’s worth…

The Stand FI

The Stand – Stephen King

The Stand is a magnificently woven tale of the American survivors of a superflu epidemic that decimates the country. With a 99.4% communicability rate and an even-closer-to-100% mortality rate, the survivors are few and far between. As the last of the afflicted die, the survivors begin having vivid dreams…

Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury

When I was in seventh grade, my English class read some short stories from R is for Rocket, one of Ray Bradbury’s collections. I loved them—I was just getting into my science fiction stage, which I still haven’t made it out of completely—so I asked for Ray Bradbury books for Christmas. I specifically asked for…

The Running Man – Stephen King

Continuing with my post-apocalyptic phase, we have The Running Man, by Stephen King. The year is about 2025. Mankind has pretty much polluted the earth to within an inch of its life, and the gap between the rich and the poor has grown to enormous proportions. The Free-Vee reigns supreme as pretty much the only…

Firestarter – Stephen King

As is true with many of my books, I bought Firestarter at South Station on my way home from college. I don’t remember when, just that it was long enough ago that I didn’t remember much of the plot from the first time I read it. Firestarter is the story of Charlene “Charlie” McGee, whose…