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Book Review: Parable Of The Talents

Parable of the TalentsParable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers.]

Where Parable of the Sower introduces us to protagonist Lauren Olamina and her journey towards the creation of her first Earthseed community, Parable of the Talents shows us the downfall and eventual rebirth of that community, albeit as a community that is more diffuse and distributed.

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Book Review: Carmilla

Carmilla (Annotated)Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers.]

First published in 1872, Carmilla is one of the earliest surviving examples of vampire fiction and is arguably one of the most influential. Written a quarter of a century before Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this short novel introduces a number of tropes and ideas that would eventually become a staple of modern vampire fiction.

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Book Review: Space Cadet

Space CadetSpace Cadet by Robert A. Heinlein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was Heinlein’s third published novel and the second of his ‘juvenile’ books, and as far as I can remember it was the first book by Heinlein I ever read. Perhaps for that reason more than any other it is still one of my favourite Golden Age sci-fi novels.

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Book Review: The Black Ice

The Black Ice (Harry Bosch, #2)The Black Ice by Michael Connelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Black Ice is the second Harry Bosch book and in my opinion shows a marked improvement over the first in terms of style and substance. Starting with the apparent suicide of a cop the narrative quickly becomes convoluted and engrossing, eventually leading to a twist that isn’t exactly telegraphed but which I have to admit I did see coming quite early.

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Book Review: The War Of The Worlds

The War of the WorldsThe War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First published in 1898, H. G. Wells’ The War Of The Worlds is undoubtedly one of the first great sci-fi novels. Following the template of invasion literature that was common in the later third of the nineteenth century it presents us with a hypothetical war waged by an intelligent Martian invader, and in doing so foreshadows much of the horror of the two world wars that were to follow it’s publication during the next fifty years.

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