Genre: dystopian

Book Review: Seanan McGuire’s “Midway Relics and Dying Breeds”

Book Review: Seanan McGuire’s “Midway Relics and Dying Breeds”

A short story on tor.com with a dystopian flavor and revolving around a green circus. My Take This was cute and cry-worthy with McGuire creating a dystopian world obsessed with maintaining the environment even Billie has a right to vote! It was clever all the inventions McGuire came up with that allowed the carnival to continue to perform, merging the old-fashioned with the very high-tech. I’d like one of those tents, although I think I’d be more careful than Cousin Mae. McGuire kept the old-fashioned going with the sociopathic Davo’s patriarchal demands and underhanded maneuverings. For all that it’s short, McGuire created an entire story with lots of show. The Story Ansley loves the freedom of the circus — it’s about the only place where Billie fits as well. The only downside is Davo, the newest Big Man, and the need to prove it. The Characters Ansley is in charge of the animals, especially Billie, a genework Indricothere, a 9-ton land mammal and a precursor to the rhinoceros. Her grazing license is as a firebreak. Uncle Ren helped Ansley acquire Billie as a baby. The Big Men, the men in charge of deciding where and how the circus will move, […]

Posted October 26, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: Veronica Roth’s Insurgent

Book Review: Veronica Roth’s Insurgent

Second in the Divergent dystopian Young Adult series and revolving around Tris and her friends. In 2012, Insurgent won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Best Goodreads Author; in 2011, it won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Young Adult Protagonist. My Take This story is a weird combination of good storytelling and stupidity. I don’t know if I’ve been too long a “mature” adult and so far removed from my teens that I can no longer relate or if Tris’ actions are simply part of that annoying trope of the gormless but stubborn “child” who leaps into danger without telling anyone anything — because, sob, no one will believe her or, sob, she’s suicidal or, sob… I got dizzy with all the eye-rolling going on. Although I can also understand Tris’ thinking that no one will believe her if the action/answer is not what they want to hear. But still, I’d’ve appreciated some effort to make this more believable. It’s so shallow in so many areas, and I refuse to believe that this is acceptable simply because its target audience is young adults. Harry Potter managed it. So have other stories. Sure, I get […]


Book Review: Alena Graedon’s The Word Exchange

Book Review: Alena Graedon’s The Word Exchange

An ARC I received through NetGalley set in a dystopian horror of a world, an age-old story of progress and greed with a “rags-to-riches” success story in which greed overcomes commonsense. My Take Wow. Just wow. This was/is terrifying. When you think of how ubiquitous the computer is in our world, how reliant we are upon it, upon the Internet. How much I rely upon it! The “progress” our world is making in conjoining human with machine — think of Google Glass! I’ve always been so impressed with how much people in the past could remember, could quote passages from memory. I wondered why we no longer did such a thing. A large part of it, I suspect, is that we have too many books in the world today. We read a book, and we’re done with it. We move on to the next book. In the past, there were so few books. Yes, there were a number of books printed, but so few had access to those so-very-expensive books. Can you imagine someone thinking a library of 300 books was huge? Think of how many people today own books on cooking, self-help, computer manuals, a bible. The textbooks a […]

Posted April 7, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments