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MI5’s Slough House spies uncover a decades-old conspiracy

Spook Street (Slough House #5) by Mick Herron @@@@@ (5 out of 5) In a television series, the denizens of Mick Herron's Slough House series would be known as an "ensemble cast." From one episode (or book) to the next, the same characters keep appearing,, playing their expected roles. Typically, on TV, none of these characters leaves the scene, unless an actor decides to de [...]

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About Dystopian Fiction

Hell on Earth book by Mal WarwickIn Hell on Earth: What we can learn from dystopian fiction, I’ve analyzed 62 dystopian novels, categorizing them by the theme that’s dominant in each: totalitarianism, climate change, nuclear war, overpopulation, genetic engineering, religious extremism, artificial intelligence, runaway consumerism, and pandemic.

Each chapter includes my thoughts about how realistic these scenarios might be. And, no, it’s not all depressing!

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 “A fascinating read. The author draws from a combination of current events, history, and the themes of dystopian fiction to paint his own scenarios of how we might find ourselves in a nightmare future world.”


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Nonfiction

This book will challenge everything you know about ancient history

Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States by James C. Scott @@@@ (4 out of 5) Historians of the ancient world have been telling us for centuries that from about 5,000 to 10,000 years ago larger and larger human communities formed in places like the Fertile Crescent, South China, the Indus River Valley of today’s western India and Pakistan, and Centra [...]

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Trade Fiction

Miles Vorkosigan’s perilous rite of passage

The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga #5) by Lois McMaster Bujold @@@@ (4 out of 5) Miles Vorkosigan is just under four feet nine inches tall—a dwarf, by today's legal definition. Because he was poisoned in his mother's womb, his growth was stunted, his spine curved, and now his bones are so brittle they may break if squeezed hard enough. Miles is the son of Admiral Count Aral [...]

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Mysteries & Thrillers

MI5’s Slough House spies uncover a decades-old conspiracy

Spook Street (Slough House #5) by Mick Herron @@@@@ (5 out of 5) In a television series, the denizens of Mick Herron's Slough House series would be known as an "ensemble cast." From one episode (or book) to the next, the same characters keep appearing,, playing their expected roles. Typically, on TV, none of these characters leaves the scene, unless an actor decides to de [...]

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Commentaries

Recommended mysteries, science fiction, historical novels, nonfiction

From time to time, I post lists of recommended mysteries and thrillers, science fiction, historical novels, biographies, or books about science or business. Here I’ll include the 15 best of these lists. Each of them contains a number of individual titles with links to the reviews I’ve posted on this blog. Fiction lists 48 excellent mystery and thriller series This list [...]

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