Hugo Awards Finalist 2016

Discussing theĀ Man Booker Prize longlist two days ago and in the spirit of book awards and prizes, I decided today to talk about the Hugo Awards finalists. The Hugo Awards is like the Oscars for the SFF (Science Fiction/ Fantasy) reading community. Basically, any person who is a member of the World Science Fiction Society…

Infomocracy by Malka Older (Book Review)

Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older My rating: 3 of 5 stars What this book is about: In the not-so-distant future, Earth is in turmoil over the upcoming elections that will decide which government will win the Supermajority. Information agents are busier than ever and campaign representatives travel across the centenalsĀ in an effort to get voters…

Immortal Peace by Tyler S. Harris (Book Review)

Immortal Peace by Tyler S. Harris My rating: 1 of 5 stars What this book is about: Mario and his wife Page are about to have a difficult discussion with their son Scott telling him he is adopted when…aliens come to Earth. These extraterrestrials come bearing gifts or rather “the Gift”. A powerful new liquid…

The Martian by Andy Weir (Book Review)

The Martian by Andy Weir My rating: 4 of 5 stars What this book is about: Ares 3 is a mission with a crew of six sent to Mars to collect samples and perform research. When things don’t go as planned and machines fail, the crew of Ares 3 thinks that Mark Watney, on of…

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (Book Review)

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness My rating: 4 of 5 stars What this book is about (assuming you’ve read The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer!) Todd and Viola have just managed to overpower Mayor Prentiss but now they have bigger problems coming their way. A huge army of…

Night and the Enemy by Harlan Ellison (Book Review)

Night and the Enemy by Harlan Ellison My rating: 2 of 5 stars What this graphic novel is about: The human species is in war with an alien humanoid species, the Kybans. The war is cruel and extends to include other planets, tribes and peoples in its catastrophy. We follow five short stories of different…

The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo (Book Review)

The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo My rating: 2 of 5 stars What this book is about: This is the story of Vanna who lives in eusistocratic Finland pretending to be an eloi. The Finnish government has decided that in order to preserve the best characteristics of human kind docile, submissive women (elois)…

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (Book Review)

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness My rating: 4 of 5 stars What this book is about (assuming you have read The Knife of Never Letting Go): The Ask and the Answer starts a few hours after the end of The Knife of Never Letting Go. Todd was carrying Viola who was mortally…