Manumission (The Metaform series Book 1) by E.R. Harding — Imperfect but interesting Sci-Fi Origin Story

            This Sci-Fi story has many layers and many characters.  It is truly an origin story and might be best thought of as the prequel to the rest of the series.  The world in which it is set, who the villains really are, and what’s really happening are all revealed slowly as the many tendrils … More Manumission (The Metaform series Book 1) by E.R. Harding — Imperfect but interesting Sci-Fi Origin Story

Slingshot: Building the Largest Machine in Human History (The Starchild Trilogy, Book 1), by Robert G. Williscroft

Disappointing Sci-Fi Despite good premise and some good writing Imagine a Sci-Fi novel centered around the construction of the first starship, complete with detailed schematics and detailed descriptions of the construction techniques, along with the inner-workings of the propulsion systems, weapons, sanitation, food-preparation, etc.  Now, add a conspiracy to scuttle the project from a shadowy … More Slingshot: Building the Largest Machine in Human History (The Starchild Trilogy, Book 1), by Robert G. Williscroft

The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon

This story – and I call it a story rather than a novel – is not about plot or characters or the description of the events.  It is about trying to understand what it’s like to be inside the head of a teenage boy, Christopher, who is brilliantly intelligent and also autistic.  The story is … More The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon

There, There: By Tommy Orange

Headline:  Confused, disjointed, and pointless (but at times beautiful)                 Tommy Orange’s novel, There There (derived from a quote by Gertrude Stein that there “is no there there” in Oakland) features many characters.  One is Dene Oxendene, an aspiring Native American filmmaker working on a project in which he asks urban Natives in Oakland to … More There, There: By Tommy Orange