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You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place by Janelle Shane - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316525244
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Published: Voracious - November 5th, 2019

If you've ever been into any kind of science comic (xkcd, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) or tv show (Bill Nye the Science Guy who Saves the World), this is your book. Hilarious, ridiculous, and addictively enthusiastic. You'll know more about artificial intelligence and deep learning than you ever thought you could learn (and, coincidentally, assuage your fears about the robot revolution. It's really far away, guys. Really, -really- far away). ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Save Yourself by Cameron Esposito - Book Review

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781455591435
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 24th, 2020

It's hard to write as well as you speak - I've read memoirs I realized I'd rather hear - but damn does Esposito do it. Her stories start in one direction, and suddenly you turn a corner to a new dimension you hadn't expected. With the craft of an expert jokester, Esposito tells her life story in a stark yet hilarious way - the 80-block-walk defeats, the total-familial-acceptance highs. Her writing influenced and changed the way I write, and that is the highest compliment one can give. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Migrations: A Novel by Charlotte McConaghy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250204028
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 4th, 2020

This book read like a landscape - something you'd think would be cliche, and yet you are struck dumb by the masterpiece. It broke my heart, it made me giddy; I felt deeply connected to this wandering woman pursuing her awe. The world where she lives, where every animal is accelerating towards extinction, is a grim portrait of a future that is closer than we realize. The characters are vivid and lovable portraits of the people most affected by this destruction; on both sides of the conservation debate. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


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

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ISBN: 9781534431003
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 16th, 2019

There is a bleeding, red heart buried deep in this bookseller's layers of steely cynicism. You can't get there with conventional romance; nothing gooey or pink or covered in abs-tacular models. No cheesy poetry. No roses. Only something so well-crafted, so painfully beautiful; an arrow fit for Eros himself, could have pierced its way to that heart and made it bleed as profoundly and wonderfully after reading this book. It is a marvel. It is an enchantment. Go, damn you, and read this war epic of enemy-lovers in a dangerous time. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2) by Tamsyn Muir - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250313225
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Published: Tor.com - August 4th, 2020

I can't tell you what makes this book so awesome without major spoilers, so just take a trust fall into this ball pit of a book (wait, are those balls made of bones? Are there monsters, dad jokes, and awful epic poetry hiding underneath? Is there enough sass? Who else is in this ball pit? JUST JUMP OR I'LL PUSH YOU). ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


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