Book Watching: Upcoming adaptations and a definite to-read list.

This week, I got movies on my mind. Book-to-movie adaptations, that is.

This is happening:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Also known as the first book assigned for English that I read and liked. My sixth grade self was enthralled, and I remember listing is as “Favorite Book” for about a year hence.

Except, I have a confession to make. I have absolutely no memory of the plot. I remember the experience of reading it (positive), but so foggy on the details (all the fog). The trailer looks like pure magic, but doesn’t help out in the story department.

Yesterday, I got my hands on this book to do some much needed brushing up on plot. Anyone with me?

Release date: March 9, 2018

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Another book that’s on my To-Read list and my actual shelf.

Just hoping that it will do more than a feature length fan service for 80’s/90’s nostalgia. In the trailer alone, I’m seeing Tron, Iron Giant, Back to the Future, and dozens of other references. There is a plot, though, right?  Continue reading

This month in the mine shaft: August

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  • The Dictator’s Handbook by Bruce Bueno De Mesquita, Alastair Smith ★★★★☆
  • The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey ★★★☆☆
  • Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen ★★★☆☆
  • Omega Rising by Jessica Meats ★★★☆☆
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley ★★☆☆☆

 

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Onward to September! What’s on your to-read list?

Want to buddy read something?

 

 

Today’s Book Blurb: Dogs of War

In which we bring you the latest, greatest and (sometimes) strangest blurbs from the book world.

It’s no secret that I hate rhetorical questions in book blurbs. But this blurb totally rocked by expectations. Talk about concept! This could be incredibly hackneyed, or incredibly good.

Call me intrigued. Now to wait till November 2017…

Dogs

Rex is a Good Dog. He loves humans. He hates enemies. He’s utterly obedient to Master.

 

He’s also seven foot tall at the shoulder, bulletproof, bristling with heavy calibre weaponry and his voice resonates with subsonics especially designed to instil fear. With Dragon, Honey and Bees, he’s part of a Multi-form Assault Pack operating in the lawless anarchy of Campeche, Southeastern Mexico.

 

Rex is a genetically engineered bioform, a deadly weapon in a dirty war. He has the intelligence to carry out his orders and feedback implants to reward him when he does. All he wants to be is a Good Dog. And to do that he must do exactly what Master says and Master says he’s got to kill a lot of enemies. But who, exactly, are the enemies? What happens when Master is tried as a war criminal? What rights does the Geneva Convention grant weapons? Do Rex and his fellow bioforms even have a right to exist? And what happens when Rex slips his leash?

 

– Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky

 

Have you come across any books that have caught your eye recently?

2017 (Scifi) Reading Resolutions – Update

This year, one of my reading goals included a dive into the science fiction Locus Award list, from 1978 to 2016.

Progress so far: 

  • 1985    The Integral Trees by Larry Niven ★★☆☆☆
  • 1992    Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
  • 2000    Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson ★★★☆☆
  • 2012    Embassytown by China Miéville ★★★★★
  • 2013    Redshirts by John Scalzi ★★☆☆☆

And here are my upcoming reads: Continue reading

Today’s Book Blurb: The Werewhale Saga!

Before reading the blurb, I totally thought this was going to be a werewhale romance novel…I can’t decide if I’m disappointed that it’s not. 

Werewhale

Captain Ahab’s daughter refuses to let her brother be lost to the sea’s call and the mysteries of their father’s stories.

 

Determined, Morgan tracks down Ishmael and convinces him to help her on a quest to find and bring back her brother who searches for the fabled island of nightmares. When Morgan and Ishmael are captured by mercenaries far out at sea, they convince their captors to head to the island of nightmares where there are rumored to be riches beyond imagination.

 

Once on the island, Morgan’s hopes are dashed as members of the crew disappear one by one as the true secret behind the island’s raw natural power is revealed. Can Morgan and the others escape, or is there some darker power trapping them there for its own fearsome purpose?

 

– Ahab’s Daughter: The Werewhale Saga by Ron Vitale

This month in the mine shaft: July

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  • Sabriel by Garth Nix ★★★★★
  • Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil by Paul Bloom  ★★★★☆
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker  ★★★★☆
  • The Courtship of Julian St. Albans by Amy Crook ★★★☆☆
  • Ghost in the Wires by Mitnick, Simon & Wozniak ★★☆☆☆
  • Zoobiquity by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Kathryn Bowers ★★☆☆☆
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley ★☆☆☆☆

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Onward to August! What’s on your to-read list?

Want to buddy read something?

This month in the mine shaft: June

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  • Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari ★★★★☆
  • Rework by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson ★★★★☆
  • Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale ★★★★☆
  • Minority Report and Other Stories by Philip K. Dick ★★★★☆
  • And Then You’re Dead by Cody Cassidy, Paul Doherty ★★★☆☆
  • Discontent and Its Civilizations by Mohsin Hamid ★★★☆☆
  • Waking Up White by Debby Irving ★★★☆☆
  • You Don’t Look Your Age: And Other Fairy Tales by Sheila Nevins ★★★☆☆
  • The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes ★★★☆☆
  • Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler ★★☆☆☆
  • Radio Shangri-la by Lisa Napoli ★☆☆☆☆

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Onward to July! What’s on your to-read list?

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This month in the mine shaft: May

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  • Embassytown by China Miéville ★★★★★
  • The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan ★★★★☆
  • The City & the City by China Miéville ★★★★☆
  • Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay ★★★☆☆
  • Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen ★★★☆☆
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk ★★★☆☆
  • The Integral Trees by Larry Niven ★★☆☆☆
  • Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★☆☆☆
  • The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle ★★☆☆☆

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Onward to June! What’s on your to-read list?

Want to buddy read something?

This month in the mine shaft: April

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  • Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
  • Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
  • Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
  • Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
  • Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older ★★★★☆
  • A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★☆
  • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson ★★★☆☆
  • Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk ★★★☆☆
  • The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher ★★★☆☆
  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★☆☆
  • Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★☆☆
  • Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson ★★☆☆☆
  • The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis ★★☆☆☆

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Onward to May! What’s on your to-read list?

Want to buddy read something?