It’s a Small World War Z

I enjoy books that explore cultures and how they change with different developments.  Zombies are definitely a different development to change a culture, and Max Brooks explores those changes on individual, society, and global levels.  Brilliant.  This book isn't just about a world war against zombies, but about all the problems and solutions caused by a world war... Continue Reading →

Reviewing a Unique “Dune”

Thankfully, I saw the movie long ago enough that I wasn't too confused by the vast differences.  "Dune," by Frank Herbert, is one of the classics that helped define sci-fi as a genre.  It's set in a foreign solar system, but with such deep explorations of setting, culture, politics, and religion, it feels as real... Continue Reading →

“House of Leaves”: Horror at its Best

When first leafing through "House of Leaves," by Mark Danielewski, I immediately decided that it was a book I wanted to study.  I wanted a professor to go through it with me to pull out all the nuances, references, and context.  I love owning this book if anything for the opportunity to show it to other people.... Continue Reading →

First, But Not Only Book Review

The good news is I've read 9 books to review!  Two of those are from Brandon Sanderson's Alcatraz series, so I'll probably review books 2-5 together.  You can find my review to book one here. Anyway, the best way to say sorry for my absence is to prove my words: let me make it up... Continue Reading →

Stranger than Alcatraz and Librarians

Funny enough, Brandon Sanderson's series of "Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians" was recommended to me by my husband and my sister.  She listened to this series and described them as hilarious and breaking the norm.  Yep. Alcatraz is your average teenage orphan... except he's not an orphan, and he's not average - he has a... Continue Reading →

Sanderson Unbounded

For any reader following Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere, "Arcanum Unbounded" is a must-have.  I already owned (and reviewed) "Sixth of Dusk," "Emperor's Soul," and "White Sand" (and I suggest buying "White Sand" and "Shadows Beneath" separately for the extra content), but we bought the collection for the six other short stories and novellas.  I also found fascinating... Continue Reading →

“Infected” with Suspense

As confusing and horrific as the first chapter of "Infected," by Gregg Luke, is, it's possibly my favorite part.  It begins with a frightening and awakening statement: "Mother Nature.  A mass murderer.  No one is more creative..."  Considering hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis... yeah, I believe it. "Infected" deals specifically with mother nature's killing mode of... Continue Reading →

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