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Entries from Mar 2012

Amber Benson: Death’s Daughter

21 Mar 2012 · No Comments

On the positive side, Death’s Daughter has an intriguing milieu that’s quite different from any other paranormal/urban fantasy I’ve bumped into. It’s a little reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics and Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality novels, but not unduly so. Benson also offers a few moments of genuine wit and some perceptive descriptions.
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Tags: b-author · d-title · fantasy · young adult

Ernest Cline: Ready Player One

17 Mar 2012 · No Comments

In Ready Player One, an eccentric multi-billionaire’s will leaves a jackpot to whoever finds an easter egg hidden in his ubiquitous virtual reality environment. The primary hallmark of the multi-billionaire’s eccentricity was an obsession with 80’s geek culture, and so in Cline’s not-so-distant future, retro geek culture is perpetuated by fortune hunters looking for clues [...]

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Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler: The Future of Us

09 Mar 2012 · No Comments

The Future of Us has a cool conceit: two teen friends in 1996, Emma and Josh, install a magical AOL CD-ROM that lets them log into Emma’s Facebook account from 15 years in the future. There’s a dash of social satire, some of which is executed with a heavy hand (I get that for much [...]

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Tags: a-author · f-title · m-author · young adult

Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games

01 Mar 2012 · No Comments

I struggle with how useful it is for me to comment on popular works. A lot of people obviously love this book. I’m statistically quite unlikely to ever write anything as many people pay attention to, what gives me the right to judge it? But maybe it’s useful for me to explore whether this is [...]

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Tags: c-author · h-title · science fiction · young adult