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“Illegal immigrants” come to life in this sensitive personal account

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markham @@@@@ (5 out of 5) For those of us who live in comfortable surroundings in well-ordered towns such as Berkeley, the day-to-day realities of life as experienced by undocumented migrants may be impossible to understand. Most of what we know comes from news reports and occasional e [...]

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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

“Illegal immigrants” come to life in this sensitive personal account

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markham @@@@@ (5 out of 5) For those of us who live in comfortable surroundings in well-ordered towns such as Berkeley, the day-to-day realities of life as experienced by undocumented migrants may be impossible to understand. Most of what we know comes from news reports and occasional e [...]

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Trade Fiction

From Paolo Bacigalupi, another spellbinding Drowned Cities tale

Tool of War (Drowned Cities #3) by Paolo Bacigalupi @@@@ (4 out of 5) Paolo Bacigalupi's new novel, Tool of War, is a brilliant successor to Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities, which together form a series the author may not yet have finished. The setting of all three novels is a dystopian world in what may be the twenty-second century. Much of human civilization in the [...]

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Mysteries & Thrillers

The latest addition to Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series

The Scarred Woman (Department Q #7) by Jussi Adler-Olsen @@@ (3 out of 5) The Scarred Woman is the seventh novel in Jussi Adler-Olsen's series about Danish detectives holed up in the basement of Copenhagen's police headquarters, ostensibly to work on cold cases. Like the six books that preceded it, it tells the story of how the small team in Department Q takes on several [...]

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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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