‘Alice Payne Rides’ Review: Creating the Right Shade of History

Alice Payne Rides returns us to a world of time travel, filled with daring missions and elaborate plots to keep the world running. This sequel to Alice Payne Arrives adds a new and welcome complexity to the many storylines Alice finds herself in. The race is on to prevent the erasure of a key character … Continue reading ‘Alice Payne Rides’ Review: Creating the Right Shade of History

‘Alice Payne Arrives’ Review: Saving the World One Time at a Time

Alice Payne Arrives is a perfect time travel novella, matching courageous protagonists with a history-defining mission to fix the problems humanity has created in the future. Heartfield expertly balances the wonders of time travel with the dangers of re-writing the past, giving us a high-stakes operation where every action can make a big difference. It’s … Continue reading ‘Alice Payne Arrives’ Review: Saving the World One Time at a Time

‘Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You’ Is the Strangest Thing You’ll Read All Year

Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You is one of the tripiest things you’ll ever read. It’s a strange story from start to finish, following a music blogger as he discovers a band that blows his mind on the first listen. The beginning is innocent enough as it details this man’s music blog and his obsession … Continue reading ‘Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You’ Is the Strangest Thing You’ll Read All Year

Review: Examining Human Psychology in ‘The Test’

It’s hard to discuss The Test without giving away key plot details. As a summary, it’s a harrowing read, filled with deep questions about ethics, human psychology, and the impact of trauma. I recommend giving it a read. To go into a bit more detail… The Test is an examination of what it means to … Continue reading Review: Examining Human Psychology in ‘The Test’

Binti: The Complete Trilogy: Stories We Know (And One We Don’t)

The Binti series is one of the deepest set of books I've read in years. It's full of heart and soul-searching, featuring a young woman who desperately wants to know who she is amidst the many cultures that would claim her. Binti travels through space, sets foot on a new world, expands her knowledge beyond … Continue reading Binti: The Complete Trilogy: Stories We Know (And One We Don’t)

Binti: The Night Masquerade: A Beginning at the End

Binti: The Night Masquerade is a lesson in tragedy and heartbreak, ending in a flourish of hopefulness for a peaceful future. Okorafor's examination of cultural ties is on point, sending Binti deeper into her heritage as she continues to discover who she is. Relationships strengthen, a new identity emerges and in the end, she becomes … Continue reading Binti: The Night Masquerade: A Beginning at the End

Review: The Horrors of Fearmongering (& Marketing) in ‘Vigilance’

Vigilance features the kind of horrifying sci-fi future that gets under your skin, making you think about the state of the world and the steps it would take for us to get to this kind of hellscape. In this version of the future, America is gun-obsessed, flocking to their television screens to watch mass shootings … Continue reading Review: The Horrors of Fearmongering (& Marketing) in ‘Vigilance’