Review: Doomsday Book

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

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While Connie Willis has always been on my radar, moving to her home state made her stand out even more. In the science fiction and fantasy section at work, there’s no less than three little staff pick markers pointing out the amount of awards she’s won, the fact that she’s a local author, and, bizarrely, identifying her as an up and coming star. (I presume that last one is one of the first tags the staff wrote when the store opened.) Then, my ladies’ sf book club decided to pick it as our September selection. But despite all this, I’d still managed to keep myself protected from any spoilers, beyond Ana telling me that it was going to break my heart. And, as we all know, that can only indicate quality.

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Review: Star Trek Lives!

Star Trek Lives! by Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Sondra Marshak, and Joan Winston

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As much as I (lovingly!) poke fun at tumblrinas (definition: any bright-eyed lady fan younger than me on tumblr), I realize that every generation of fan can say the same thing about the generation that comes after. Just as I shake my fist about how we used to have to wait for movies to come out to write fic about them, there’s a woman shaking her fist at me about how you used to have to join mailing lists to get your fix, and a woman shaking a fist at her about how you used to have to subscribe to ‘zines to get your fix. As the development of technology accelerates, fandom has definitely benefited. How else could JaegarCon happen mere weeks after Pacific Rim came out?

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Review: The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist

While I’ve forgotten the name of the publication, I first saw The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters in a magazine ad–and so it made its way onto the list. Because I had picked it up from a biased source and it seemed to be a love it or hate it book, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to picking it up. When I took it home from the library, I was a bit perturbed to discover a glowing author blurb from Diana Gabaldon, a woman who considers writing fanfiction immoral and tantamount to writing creepy porn about her daughter and then sending it to her. (And yet she fully admits to basing her hero on Jamie from Doctor Who. Will wonders never cease?) It was not, as you can imagine, the most auspicious start.

Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised.

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