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Hench: A Novel by Natalie Zina Walschots - Book Review

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062978578
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

Hilarious. Picture a superhero movie and now forget both the hero and the villain. Think of all the people working in the background. This is where you would find Anna, an office temp that happens to prefer working for supervillains. Just a cog working on spreadsheets until she is accidentally injured by a superhero. After running spreadsheets tracking the deaths and damage caused by the superheroes she realizes they need to be stopped. In today's world the fastest way to wreck someone's life is to weaponize data and with the resources granted her by her employer Anna is on a mission to dispense her own form of justice. ~ Reviewed by Ben Parker


Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781335551207
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Published: Hanover Square Press - September 1st, 2020

Jared, a bot living in the year 2054, wants to become human! But he's a bot! Bots don't have emotions! But Jared, after consulting his "Feelings Wheel," discovers some words match his own feelings! Does this mean Jared might become human? Read this book and find out! ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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)
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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: Tor.com - 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


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