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Book Review: Fellside by M.R. Carey
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Fellside
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by M.R. Carey
Orbit Books | Hachette Book Group
Release Date: April 5th, 2016

Jess is a heroin addict, a burn victim, an amnesiac, and… a murderer. She does not really remember what happened, but she knows she must be guilty, even if it was not intentional. She feels so guilty she just wants to die – she deserves it. But something pulls her back… something so unbelievable that it gives her a spark of purpose in this hell of a prison, where most are corrupt on both sides of the law.

Alex Beech – the boy she befriended and burned.

Jess realizes she has the remarkable ability to enter the dreams of others, a talent she had forgotten about. It was “therapy’d” out of her as a kid. Alex shows her that place once again, as they try to figure out what really happened to him.

We try to figure it out too in Fellside by M.R. Carey.

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Book Review: Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure
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Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-up AdventureStar Wars: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure
By Matthew Reinhart and Lucasfilm
Orchard Books/Hachette
Release Date: October 16, 2012

It’s a rare delight to find a product that can bring out the 8-year-old in even the most jaded adult. Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure is a sure bet to send your mind spinning with child-like wonder. You’ll begin your journey of discovery in this book with a sense of amusement that quickly transitions into an immersive curiosity. Pop-ups lead to further pop-ups which occasionally cover even more pop-ups. This book is wonderfully engineered to keep you excavating eac page for more treasures.

The book serves as a high-level encyclopedia of the pre-Episode 4 Star Wars universe. The text is obviously not the draw here, but what’s included is informative and relevant. Each pop includes a brief history and background on the character, ship, or monster in question. The level of detail is impressive for a pop-up book that could just as easily say nothing and still sell incredibly well.

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Book Review: America Pacifica
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America PacificaAmerica Pacifica
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
By Anna North
Reagan Arthur | Back Bay Books
Released June 2012

In Anna North‘s gritty dystopian, America Pacifica, eighteen-year-old Darcy lives with her mother on an island of the same name. It’s presumed to be one of the few inhabitable places to live after mainland America has entered a second ice age. The island was the brainchild of a legend named Tyson, who gathered up the first pilgrims from mainland America to restart society in a place where they could go outside again and not freeze to death.

Darcy knows little about America because her mother is sparse with the details of her past. All Darcy really knows is that her mother once lived in a co-op in Seattle before boarding a boat to America Pacifica and that her father is dead. When her mother doesn’t come home from work one night, Darcy sets out on a quest to find her, stopping at nothing and no one to get the answers she seeks. The problem is, for Darcy’s entire life, her mother has been the center of her universe, making her emotionally and socially dependent on her. This leaves Darcy ill-prepared to go out into the grimy, sleaze filled world and also the clean, privileged world of those who knew her mother in the time before the island.

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Book Review: The Science Of Avatar
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The Science of Avatar

The Science of Avatar
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
By Stephen Baxter
Orbit Books
Released May 29, 2012

Prolific science fiction author Stephen Baxter invites us to explore with him both real life science and space fiction in The Science of Avatar. There are lots of details sprawling in every direction, from speculation to established facts, in an almost scene-by-scene recount of the entire movie. He posits what our real world might be like in the year 2154, the year Avatar takes place.

We begin with Jake Sully leaving an ecologically devastated Earth, which we get the barest glimpse of in the film. Baxter explains to us what might have happened in an all too real account of ecocide, wherein Earth’s resources are depleted and space exploration offers the only hope of finding the resources we need to stay alive here. In the movie, this is the reason for the journey to Pandora.

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