Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline's Ready Player One has been wildly popular as crossover science fiction--that is, science fiction that is enjoyed by both adults and young adults alike. Gamers and "nerds" who lived through the 1980s will appreciate the many (many) '80s pop culture and gaming references, and young adults will love the tech-savvy teenage protagonists and the novel's kids-against-the-establishment mentality.… Continue reading Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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What Makes a Fantasy World Fantastic?

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'm not a fan of science fiction novels, and in general I'm not wild about fantasy either; I tend to gravitate toward books that have a realistic setting. I've been wondering what it is about science fiction/fantasy that turns me off (and what it is about some fantasy book… Continue reading What Makes a Fantasy World Fantastic?

Review: Dune by Frank Herbert

Well, I finally made it through Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic Dune. Coming in at 831 pages, it's a whopper of a novel.  Published in 1965, Dune is widely considered a classic and was ranked #1 science fiction novel in a Wired reader's poll. Dune won two science fiction awards---the Hugo and the Nebula---and was adapted as a film in 1984 and… Continue reading Review: Dune by Frank Herbert