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BOOK REVIEW: Quantum by Dean de Servienti

Pages: 301, Kindle Edition
Published: June 2017, translated version
Cover Rating: 3/5

I love to find out how sci-fi novelist approach a story. The possibilities of storylines, if you are sci-fi writer, are endless but only researched sci-fi books thrive for a longer period of time and have an ability to entertain a reader. Similar is Dean de Servienti’s upcoming trilogy, Quantum.

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BOOK REVIEW: Europa by Hywel Richard Pinto

Pages: 198

Published: 2017

Cover Rating: 5/5

Europa by Hywel Pinto is his latest book and another treat for science fiction and fantasy fans to enjoy. Got released earlier this year, this book possess a strong storyline that is entirely new from a conceptual point of view with extraordinary pace. I am a big fan of Star Trek and I really enjoyed this novel. Now let me convince you for the same.

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BOOK REVIEW: Ice Bound by Hywel Richard Pinto

Pages: 234

Publisher: Becomeshakespeare.com First edition (20 July 2015)

Cover Rating: 4/5

In a post-apocalyptic world, Earth is mostly covered by snow. A group of residents are traversing these frozen lands and being led by a man in search of his own father. The Diabolical army have always been one step ahead but are not the only concern of the group. Another major concern that exist is beating the nature in its own game.

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BOOK REVIEW: Aliens in Delhi by Sami Ahmad Khan

Pages: 300, Paperback

Published: 2017 by Niyogi Books

Cover Rating: 3/5

Sci-Fi fans I have a new delight for you this time. Dr. Sami Ahmad Khan’s latest book that concerns with an extra-terrestrial race of reptiloids invasion of planet Earth. That too very much close to the place I currently live. (Brownie points to author for that). It is titled as Aliens in Delhi. Fascinating enough for me!

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in October 2017

October is here and only few weeks are left to complete or compete anymore in your reading challenges. By the way I did complete my Goodreads challenge for 2017 of reading 200 books. (More on this later.)

I have managed to gather around a list of books that are available this month for Science Fiction and Fantasy fans.

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 by J. J. Adams and Charles Yu | 384 pages

Science fiction and fantasy can encompass so much, from far-future deep-space sagas to quiet contemporary tales to unreal kingdoms and beasts. But what the best of these stories do is the same across the genres—they illuminate the whole gamut of the human experience, interrogating our hopes and our fears.

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BOOK REVEIW: Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami

Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami is the fourth book in the Rat Chronicles but it is not required for you to read the all the books in the chronicles before this one. This fourth part is more of a sequel to the third one, A Wild Sheep Chase but still has little connection to it.

This book is narrated by a nameless writer who is divorced. The story starts with his adventures and memories of a hotel in the mountains of Sapporo, where his mediocre life is elevated by an incident that builds the course of this novel. His ex-girlfriend, named Kiki in the book, and no second name provided, has mysteriously disappeared. He encounters the Sheep Man, a being from another world that claims everything and everyone in the writer’s life are connected. He meets a friend who is a famous actor and just spends money to show his expenses. Then he come across a thirteen year old girl with whom his friendship grows through out the novel.

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4 CyberPunk Books To Read

Cyberpunk first came into existence around late 1970s. This particular type of genre share its boundaries with science-fiction from the start and hasn’t shy away from development during the time. In terms of books, these are titles you should take look:

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Artificial Intelligence in 1980s. Computer who can think and communicate with human beings as well as manipulate them in doing stuff. The story has cyberspace, data-thieves, samurai, assassins. This is 1980s we are talking about.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

This book was first published in 1968 and is still ahead of time. It’s an important piece for the type of genre.

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5 SFF Books You Have To Read This Year

The world of science fiction and fantasy is booming and I came across many titles on the internet in the specific genre(s) but only few grabbed my attention.

This Census-Taker by China Miéville

Blurb:  After witnessing a profoundly traumatic event, a boy is left alone in a remote house on a hilltop with his increasingly deranged parent. When a stranger knocks on his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation are over—but by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? Is he the boy’s friend? His enemy? Or something altogether other?

Arcadia by Ian Pears

Blurb: Henry Lytten – a spy turned academic and writer – sits at his desk in Oxford in 1962, dreaming of other worlds. He embarks on the story of Jay, an eleven-year-old boy who has grown up within the embrace of his family in a rural, peaceful world – a kind of Arcadia. But when a supernatural vision causes Jay to question the rules of his world, he is launched on a life-changing journey. Lytten also imagines a different society, highly regulated and dominated by technology, which is trying to master the science of time travel. Meanwhile – in the real world – one of Lytten’s former intelligence colleagues tracks him down for one last assignment. As he and his characters struggle with questions of free will, love, duty and the power of the imagination, Lytten discovers he is not sure how he wants his stories to end, nor even who is imaginary… 

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Book Review: Doctor Who and The Daleks by David Whitaker

My past reading experience with Doctor Who books hasn’t been good (see Book Reviews Archive to read reviews of other Doctor Who Books). Though, Doctor Who and The Daleks is not one of them. I recently found a copy of this book, residing in the last row of my book shelf. I don’t remember when did I buy it but I feel happy that I have one.

Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker is the fist ever novelisation of a Doctor Who television story, first published in 1964, original script written by Terry Nation. I consider myself a Whovian and I my favourite Doctor is the tenth one.

This book is written in first person, narrated through out by Ian Chesterton who with Barbara Wright accompanies Doctor Who ad his granddaughter, Susan, to the planet Skaro, unknowingly, in a time machine  and spacecraft called the TARDIS which stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space. The first person narration is what that will attract a reader and worked for me as well. I am not that well-versed in early Doctors but I felt comfortable with the characters. I can say, all characters are well-written.  Continue reading “Book Review: Doctor Who and The Daleks by David Whitaker”

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BOOK REVIEW: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy by Douglas Adams

In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a fun, buoyant adventure following the tale of Arthur Dent as he narrowly escapes the earth’s destruction in the wake of a new space super-highway being built in its place, hitching a ride with interstellar researcher Ford Prefect aboard the ship of the very alien bureaucrats whom destroyed his planet. From here unfolds the winding and absurdly improbable tale which will take the sole survivor of earth’s destruction from the one side of the galaxy to the end of the universe, stopping along at every time and space in-between.

Light-hearted is probably one of the best ways to describe the main body of the story. The story-line continuously tries to keep a reader’s curiosity, making him wonder what mysteries lies ahead and how humorous can this book get. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy by Douglas Adams”