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Annihilation: A Novel- We join the twelfth expedition. The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one anotioner, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
Annihilation : A Novel - We join the twelfth expedition. The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one anotioner, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. * Recommended by Conor Cote
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Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1). Click on the book cover to request this title at the Bill or Gales Ferry Libraries. 3/14
The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals) | 15 Highly Anticipated Books From (Mostly) Small Presses The first book in the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer is Annihilation, and the other two books, Authority and Acceptance, will also roll out this year (in May and September, respectively). What VanderMeer does best, as in his earlier novel, Finch, is blend the best of crime, fantasy, and science fiction to create smart, original worlds and storylines.
New book review from my blog, Summer Reading Project: Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer
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Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier * Recommended by Conor Cote
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Who Owns the Future?, by Jaron Lanier. (Simon & Schuster, 2013). Evaluates the negative impact of digital network technologies on the economy and particularly the middle class, citing challenges to employment and personal wealth while exploring the potential of a new information economy.
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Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1)- We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. * Recommended by Karissa Cogar
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The NewsFlesh trilogy. Definitely worth reading!
Mira Grant - Feed (Newsflesh, #1) In 2014, two experimental viruses escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks. It raised the dead. Millions died in the chaos that followed. Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection.)
Today’s Kindle SciFi/Fantasy Daily Deal is Feed ($1.99), the first novel in the Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant [Orbit], with the companion audiobook for $5.49. As one reviewer said, it’s not really a zombie book (although there are zombies). Definitely recommended, we had to buy the entire series after being introduced to the series during the Hugo Awards a couple of years ago (and each volume in the series has received a Hugo nomination). Publishers Weekly Starred Review.
The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy) by Lev Grossman: I started off totally into the universe of this book. It was like Brooklyn Harry Potter. However, the second half goes a bit crazy, to the point where I probably won't end up reading the other two :\ It felt like a lot of the issues brought up in the first half were interesting but dropped, like the ennui of privilege, this idea of being "gifted" in America.
The Magicians: A Novel- an enthralling coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world-where good and evil aren't black and white, and power comes at a terrible price. * Recommended by Conor Cote
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The Magicians by Lev Grossman: high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin's yearning.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It's a cross between Harry Potter, the Chronicles of Narnia, and every other classic fantasy series (and includes allusions to all). However, it is an adult book and includes some graphic scenes that the typical Harry Potter fan may not be keen on.
Life As We Knew It- What would happen if the moon was knocked off its axis? Would life change? Would it just look big and pretty? * Recommended by Debbie Todd
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Life As We Knew It: Life As We Knew It Series, Book 1 by Susan Beth Pfeffer I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald's still would be open. High school sophomore Miranda's disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, the way "one marble hits another." The result is catastrophic. Told in a year's worth of journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda's struggle.
The Book of Monelle by Marcel Schwob (Conor)
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The Handmaid's Tale- Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.* Recommended by Conor Cote
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One of the few dystopia books I skipped when I went through that phase in high school
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - such a good book! Really makes a person think about the world a little more
The Handmaid's Tale - really good read!
Railsea- When he comes across a wrecked train, Sham finds something—a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible—that leads to considerably more than he’d bargained for. Soon he’s hunted on all sides; by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters & salvage-scrabblers. It might not be just Sham’s life that’s about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.* Recommended by Conor Cote
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RAILSEA by China Mieville. Shades of MOBY-DICK in this science fiction (slightly steampunky) adventure tale.
The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood- A fascinating intellectual journey through the history of communication and information, from the language of Africa’s talking drums to the invention of written alphabets; from the electronic transmission of code to the origins of information theory, into the new information age and the current deluge of news, tweets, images, and blogs. * Recommended by Conor Cote
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From our 2013 Summer Reading List: "The Information." If you care about the openness of information, do not miss this book.
Ender's Game- In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. A young Ender is drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. But is Ender the general Earth needs? * Recommended by Conor Cote
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Ender's Game, I loved this book & can't wait to see the movie and see if they can come close to what I envisioned. Article says 7 movies that show scifi is back. Only 3 look promising to me.
Ender's Game is an American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Directed and written by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew Ender Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion. The cast also includes Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Jimmy Pinchak, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.
Ender's Game is one of my all-time favorite Sci Fi stories, along with Speaker for the Dead. I look forward to this movie!
Movie To Look Forward To: ENDER'S GAME starring Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield | Movie Release Date: 25 October 2013 | http://poppylov.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/enders-game.html
Ender’s Game - Teaser Trailer Announcement & Preview. Co-stars Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield offer a brief look at the film, to be released November 1. #HarrisonFord, #AsaButterfield, #SummitEntertainment
Enders Game Movie Trailer= YES!!!! Nov '13
Anathem- an alternate universe where scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians live in seclusion behind ancient monastery walls until they are called back into the world to deal with a crisis of astronomical proportions. * Recommended by Conor Cote