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The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525564157
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Published: Vintage - November 6th, 2018

Wells gives full expression to the unaccountability, and potential for evil, to those who make themselves invisible. But being invisible has unforeseen obstacles which cause frustration, then anger, then violence, and then....? ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Notes From the Shire by Andrew: Underground Dogs


 

 

Diego de la Corte works construction, goes home to his flamboyant roommate Harvey, and spends most of his free time chasing beers at one bar or another with Darius or listening to his best friend Ketrick go off on some old philosophy rant or another, all while trying to ignore the mess that the world has become. He's more or less comfortable with his life, even as the reformed United States and the military - via the new Enforcers of Democracy military branch that is getting more and more involved in civilian security - makes itself increasingly intrusive. If this sounds like a setup similar to V for Vendetta, you're not far wrong. The Underground Dogs by J.C.D. Kerwin tackles many of the same themes. A fascist government makes its citizens trade liberty for security; a lone radical plans to subvert it; and a regular citizen protagonist is given the chance to effect real change. 

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Published: Independently Published - August 2019

Gears of War: Ascendance by Jason M. Hough - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781789092615
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Published: Titan Books - July 30th, 2019

A great prequel to the next Gears of War video game. It picks up where Gears 4 left off - just after the devastating attack on Kait's village. The characters split off into two different directions - one under orders of Lt. Jinn and the other in search of answers surrounding the attack and the dark past of Kait's family. New alliances - and old friends - will be forged and found, and lots more will be revealed in this great bridge between games. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


The Cruel Stars: A Novel by John Birmingham - Book Review

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Published: Del Rey - August 20th, 2019

With six point-of-view characters - five protagonists and one antagonist - it takes about 100 pages for this novel to coalesce*, but when it does, The Cruel Stars becomes a thrilling page-turner as those five misfits race to save their world from the single hyper-competent Admiral of the fanatic, relentless Sturm.

*As I told my wife early on, "I mostly don't care about the old, six-times-revived war her, I definitely don't care about the bratty "I want to do more than lear lettering and music" child princess, I don't *yet* care for the convict who's about to not only be executed but somehow have his soul erased... Get me back to the starship lieutenant who's from a lower caste and whose captain JUST ATE THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER." I came around about thirty pages later. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

An actor playing King Lear suffers a heart attack on stage in the novel’s opening; at Station Eleven’s end, the actor dies. In each scene between, Emily St. John Mandel characters the globe’s few survivors of an influenza pandemic, her novel neither dystopic nor life-affirming reverent of the human spirit. Rather, Mandel scripts the players who were actors in and audience to Lear’s last performance, Cordelia, Kent, and the Traveling Symphony’s supporting cast trouping among “all the world’s” remaining ruins, ‘stages’ where they still perform Shakespeare, works they remember were once loved, but are now a labour at what has been lost, their tragedy the history they’ve forgotten, their comedy the tempest of artifacts and spritely, puckish remnants they no longer recall how to use, their each stop a performance illuminating whether we all should be, or not be, and really, why. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


The Underground Dogs by J. C. D. Kerwin - Book Review

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Published: Independently Published - August 2019

Fiction concerning the rise of fascist states is perhaps more important to read now than ever. What seemed implausible in The Underground Dogs ten years ago is happening now, and what seemed impossible is now merely implausible in a post-Snowden, post-Trump world. Protagonist Diego de la Corte has, so far, remained complacent and compliant, but that's about to change if his anarchist (sorry, "I don't like labels") best friend Ketrick has anything to say about it. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


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