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review 2018-01-15 21:17
The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus
The Infinite Future: A Novel - Tim Wirkus
The Night Ocean - Paul La Farge

The Infinite Future involves nesting stories: There is a fictional 'Tim Wirkus' who receives this manuscript out of the blue from a distant acquaintance. The manuscript is the story of how the acquaintance, Danny, uncovers a literary mystery with two other people that leads them on a altogether different kind of spiritual quest. Danny begins as a former Morman missionary and financially strapped would-be author who has run afoul of the thugs of the religious-fiction industry. In Brazil, while doing research for a doomed novel he is befriended by a librarian, Sergio, who introduces him to an obscure Brazilian sf writer - Salgado-MacKenzie - who left hints of a trans-formative novel, 'The Infinite Future', and vanished without a trace. On their search for more answers they meet Harriet, an excommunicated Morman historian who had corresponded with the author some years before.

The three of them have little in common, but they are inextricably drawn together by what Salgado-Mackenzie's work makes them feel. Each finds themselves hinging their different hopes on what they may find when they track down the elusive author and the manuscript for his masterpiece. What they discover is too good a story to reveal here. The second half of the book is the novel-within-the-novel 'The Infinite Future'. Readers can judge for themselves its worth.

Along with Paul LaFarge's The Night Ocean, The Infinite Future is inaugurating a new generation of genre-fiction that is examining itself and pushing into new boundaries. This is an unusual book, but that is its primary strength.

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review 2018-01-12 04:00
Unwind - audiobook
Unwind - -Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged-,Neal Shusterman,Luke Daniels

 

In a not-so-distant future, the pro-choice and pro-life forces went to war. The compromise that ended the war was The Bill of Life. Under this bill, human life is protected from the moment of conception until the age of 13. Between the ages of 13 & 17, parents can choose to have their children "unwound". Unwinding is a process that harvests ninety-something percent of the body and then transplants the parts into other people's bodies. Supposedly, this means the child doesn't die but lives on divided into the bodies of other people.

 

Three children selected for unwinding for various reasons come together in this story, Connor, Risa & Lev. The reasons they became unwinds vary as much as their outlooks on life, but they are thrown together by circumstances and must find a way to survive together.

 

WOW. I loved this book. The plot is complex and exciting, the characters are flawed (in other words, human), and the circumstances are believable. The idea of unwinding is just terrible, but somehow it is common practice in this world. There are a lot of details I won't mention because I wouldn't want to spoil this book. But, the most intense and disturbing are the moments the reader witnesses an unwinding - chilling. And all the more so in the audio version. The voices and the technique the narrator uses fit the situation perfectly.

 

I love the story, the narration, everything about this book. I purchased the next 3 books in the series and have already started listening to book 2 - UnWholly.

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review 2017-12-24 22:47
Love, love, love
Inhumans: Once And Future Kings (2017) #5 (of 5) - Gustavo Duarte,Nick Bradshaw,Ryan North,Phil Noto,Christopher Priest

I wish this was longer: it wraps up nicely, but it could very easily be continued, as well.   Medusa, Black Bolt, and Maximus discover who their real enemies are.   And they're in for an epic fight that will determine the future of the Inhumans and the Alpha Primitives. 

 

It's also gorgeous.    Just beautifully illustrated.   

 

I will miss this so much, I can't even write a longer review: I'll just think about how long Royals went on and how this should have gone longer, and I'll get sad that this probably won't get a longer, or newer, run with the same author and illustrator.   They're the ones that make this, to be honest.

 

 

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review 2017-12-24 04:11
Genetics gone wild...and woolly
Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures - Ben Mezrich

YES. That is literally what I have written first in my notes for today's book review. Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Ben Mezrich is the perfect mixture of technical science and literary narrative. This book tells the story of Dr. George Church and the Revivalists (a group under his tutelage) who are trying to do what has been thought impossible: Bring back the woolly mammoth from extinction. (I have to wonder if the author received a financial backing from this group because if he didn't then he certainly deserves one. He's a major fanboy.) Mezrich covers not only their attempts at this breakthrough in science but also their competition from Seoul which owns the market on DNA cloning. The company in Seoul believes it is possible to find a complete DNA strand while Church's group thinks that the DNA will be too degraded. They're working from pieces of DNA and splicing together traits unique to woolly mammoths with the hope that a viable fetus can be carried by an Asian elephant. A scientific group dedicated to the reversal of extinction of local flora and fauna in Siberia has begun work on Pleistocene Park which is most likely going to be a functioning reality but will take several years. This is where the woolly mammoths (who wouldn't be technically true mammoths) will reside. The controversy and hubris of scientists (especially geneticists who write DNA/RNA) is extensively discussed and is fascinating to me (and I'd imagine to most laymen). However, this isn't only about the woolly mammoth. It's also an in-depth biography of George Church and how he came to be one of the leading figures in genetics. Total 10/10.

 

What's Up Next: Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

 

What I'm Currently Reading: it's 2 days til Christmas so I'm all over the place

 

Source: Https://readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-12-23 01:57
So much going on in such a short time
Inhumans: Once And Future Kings (2017) #4 (of 5) - Christopher Priest,Ryan North,Phil Noto,Gustavo Duarte,Nick Bradshaw

Maximus and Black Bolt fight Spider-Man, leading to a feedback loop between Maximus and Peter Parker, in which Maximus frets over May while Spider-Man knows about Attilan. This is dealt with when Maximus tells him to forget in a half hour, and I'm assuming Parker does since he doesn't have insider knowledge of Attilan later on in the Marvel universe. 

 

Crystal comes to Earth to find her sister. 

 

Triton finds Karnak and they talk about what they'll do.   Karnak clearly cares about Triton even if he's a bit aloof about it all: he's aloof about everything, really, but the fact that he goes after Triton and tells him not to talk when he's out of water because it has to be hard to hold his breath and breathe say more than he does on the matter. 

 

Oh, and Elisha?  Not so sure he's trustworthy right now, which means that everyone may be in trouble now...

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