Science Fiction

Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781785655203
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Published: Titan Books - January 29th, 2019

Come for the sentient rescue ship Trouble Dog who used to be a warship, crewed by people of a similar background; stay for the eldritch, ancient mysteries and the exploration of how much of someone's own nature they can change over time. Maybe you can teach an old Dog new tricks. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis

The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel - Book Review

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By M. P. Shiel, John Sutherland (Introduction by), John Sutherland (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780141196428
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 27th, 2012

An early 20th century Sci-Fi novel about the last living man on Earth. Our main character is traveling the Arctic in search of the Pole when a mysterious Purple Cloud appears. Upon his return, everyone he has known is gone. What will he do? Where shall he go? Is there anyone left? Yes, there is. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood

Notes From the Shire: Using Supernatural Elements to Tell Human Stories


Some of the best stories are ones that find unique ways to emphasize their character’s narratives and personal experiences to strengthen the plot. There are a lot of new books that have come out in the past year that have used supernatural, fantasy or science fiction devices to build their storylines. Here are a few new releases that Saratoga booksellers Cassidy and Kirstin have felt used supernatural elements to enhance their main character’s experiences. 

Repo Virtual by Corey J. White - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250218728
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Published: - April 21st, 2020

A fun, snarky, cyberpunk heist set in the midst of the corporate greed of a future Korea. JD's day job is an online repo man and sometimes thief. Times are tough and he is convinced to take a large job to steal an unknown piece of tech that turns out to be a sentient AI; the type of theft that is quickly noticed and harshly dealt with. ~ Reviewed by Ben Parker

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781534430990
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

Time travel for the world-builder.
Romance for the mushy-averse.
Spies and spaceships, letters left across battlefields, double-helixes and the flap of a butterfly’s wings.
A masterpiece. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis

Finna by Nino Cipri - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250245731
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Published: - February 25th, 2020

Ava just had a messy break-up with her ex, Jules, who is unfortunately also her coworker. She tries to avoid them, but that's hard to do when the manager at this knockoff IKEA sends the two of them to find a customer. Who is lost. In another dimension.
On the slim side for a novella, Finna nevertheless delights with its adventure and raw emotion. It tells just what it needs to, and excites me for the prospect for what will happen after the last word graces the page. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


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