Like a lot of other reviewers, my opinion of most celebrity memoirs is they are fluff pieces with a heaping side of selA memoir that's a cut far above
Like a lot of other reviewers, my opinion of most celebrity memoirs is they are fluff pieces with a heaping side of self-congratulation.
This is not so with Felicia Day's memoir. It's as if she pulled up a chair next to you, sat down, and began having a heart-to-heart conversation.
What impressed me most was her unabashed honesty and frankness about the struggles she faced carving out a path for herself in the entertainment business. From dealing with jerk agents, douchey Hollywood executives, and crippling self-doubts, to becoming a target of the toxic gamergate internet mob, Ms. Day leavens it all with her trademark wry, off-kilter sense of humor. More importantly, she describes how she blazed a trail to success by never compromising herself. That is a lesson that will never lose its relevance. ...more
Let me just cut the chase - The Three Body Problem is one of the best, most unique science fiction storiA Must Read For Any Fan of Speculative Fiction
Let me just cut the chase - The Three Body Problem is one of the best, most unique science fiction stories I've ever read. Written by the most acclaimed author of science fiction in China, the novel definitely achieves a feat many other praised novels do not - it lives up to the hype. It's also a testament to the fact we here in the U.S. do ourselves a grave disservice by not exposing ourselves more to speculative fiction from other cultures. We are so used to endlessly recycled Western themes and tropes in our native sci-fi tales, we forget our perspective is just one out of countless others. By exposing ourselves to other perspectives, we gain a much richer view of the world around us. I feel I can't reveal any specifics of the novel without spoilers, but I will say it is an alien invasion story, although one far different than any other you may have read before. This book has become one of my all-time favorites. If you yearn for a completely different and original sci-fi story, you won't be disappointed with this book....more
Yes, the title of my review may seem to be much hyperbole, but I sincerely believe The Bees will earn it place beside beloved noveA Soon To Be Classic
Yes, the title of my review may seem to be much hyperbole, but I sincerely believe The Bees will earn it place beside beloved novels such as Watership Down and Charlotte's Web.
Based on the fascinating social behavior of honey bees, Laline Paull has created a vivid, compelling world where one's class is immutable and determined at birth. A society where imperfection is a crime punishable by death, and duty to the hive and love for the Queen is life's only reason for being.
Against this backdrop we meet a grand new heroine, Flora 717, a most unusual bee born into the lowest of the castes - sanitation. Like most of her relatives, Flora is industrious, brave, and loyal to her Queen.
However, what makes her extremely dangerous is her curiosity, boldness, and tendency toward self-reliance. These qualities brand Flora a dangerous rebel - and in the end, she just may be the only hope for her hive.
Ms. Paull uses the social structure of honey bees as a backdrop to create a saga of surprising drama and power. She also masterfully provides commentary on societal issues such as classism, political corruption, and sexism without ever being heavy-handed.
Ms. Paull's prose is beautifully fluid and descriptive as she guides us through the gorgeous natural world of the bees. I loved this book, and feel it should be on far more "best of" lists. Do yourself a favor and pay The Bees an extended visit. ...more
Reading this collection of genre shorts by acclaimed author Saladin Ahmed was like slaking a thirst you didn't know you had. It goesA Refreshing Change
Reading this collection of genre shorts by acclaimed author Saladin Ahmed was like slaking a thirst you didn't know you had. It goes without saying the majority of speculative fiction (especially epic fantasy) is told from the perspective of White European traditions. However, these collected stories are brilliantly told through a Middle Eastern cultural lens. They are original, provocative, exotic, and mesmerizing. Engraved On The Eye is a shining testament to the need for the inclusion of more diverse cultural perspectives in speculative fiction. Both fans of the genre, and the genre itself, would be far more richer for it....more