Reviews and Blog Posts: Science Fiction

They Are Legend: Authors We Lost in 2013

The Golden Notebook

As we all get used to writing "2014" as the date, here is a last look back at some of the notable authors we lost in 2013. Their words will long endure.

Chinua Achebe--Nigerian writer who died at age 82. His most famous work is Things Fall Apart (1958).

Iain Banks--Scottish author of both contemporary and science fiction.

Tom Clancy--popular author of espionage and military thrillers. His classic works include The Hunt for Red October and other books starring CIA operative Jack Ryan.

Lazarus. Volume One, Family

by Greg Rucka

Reviewer Rating:
4

I've been following Rucka's work (Gotham Central, Queen and Country, runs on Wonder Woman and Batwoman) for quite some time now, and was excited to see the start of a new series with what looked to be another strong, complex female lead. The first volume of Lazarus did not disappoint,...

The Park Service

by Ryan Winfield

Reviewer Rating:
3

The time is 900 years in a post-apocalyptic future and humanity lives underground. At 15 they are assigned their life jobs and at 35 they are retired to “Eden”.  Aubrey Van Houten, the main character, is assigned to work with the Foundation or Park Service.  A train crash strands him...

Ender's game

by Orson Scott Card

Reviewer Rating:
4

I decided to read Ender's Game after seeing the BuzzFeed list "14 Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen". Ender is just six years old when he is sent to a global military training academy. Earth has barely survived two alien invasions, and genetically enhanced children...

It's That Time of the Year...

If You Could Be Mine

Yes, everyone from The New York Times to NPR is coming out with their take on "the best books of 2013" right now.

I won't promise this list is "the best," but they're all books I enjoyed this year for various reasons. Please add your own favorite 2013 reads in the comments!! I hope some of my fabulous DPL colleagues will post their own lists, too--we're a diverse group with varying interests and tastes in books.

Science Fiction & Horror:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King--Classic King. Well-drawn characters, good vs. evil, creepy villains. And a Colorado conection!

3:59

by Gretchen McNeil

Reviewer Rating:
4

3:59 is the time it happens.  Every day at 3:59 a.m. and again at 3:59 p.m. Josie gets a glimpse into Jo’s world.  Josie and Jo live in parallel universes.  In many ways their lives are the same.  They look identical.  They live in the same town, go to the...

Parasite

by Mira Grant

In a kickoff to a new series, Grant (author of the Newsflesh trilogy, which I loved) introduces us to a near future world where health care as we know it has been fundamentally changed by a company called Symbogen. They developed a genetically modified tapeworm (really) that folks take in...

Life after life : a novel

by Kate Atkinson

Reviewer Rating:
3

1910, England on a snowy night Ursula Todd is born and dies before taking her first breath. Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1910 England and she lives. As Ursula grows up, she also dies repeatedly in a variety of ways. She lives again and again trying to...

Dawn

by Octavia E Butler

Reviewer Rating:
4

Wow--I'm so glad this book was recommended to me--I'd heard of many of Butler's other novels, but not this one. The Earth has been mostly destroyed by nuclear war. Lilith Iyapo wakes up 250 years later to find that she, and other surviving humans, have been saved by an alien...

Brilliance

by Marcus Sakey

Gifteds. Brilliants. Abnorms. Twists. Whatever you call them, they've changed the world. True genius used to come once in a generation. Now, 1 in 100 children are born extraordinarily gifted in various ways--reading body language, tactics, medicine, numbers. Though a small minority of the population, the "normals" feel threatened by...

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