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In Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, Miles begins his journey

The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga #4), by Lois McMaster Bujold @@@@ (4 out of 5) If you're looking for escapist entertainment, and if science fiction strikes your fancy, you'll enjoy the long series of novels in the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold. The Warrior's Apprentice, the fourth book in the series' chronology, is a case in point. In the preceding [...]

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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

America’s surprising religious history in a highly readable book

One Nation Under Gods: A New American History, by Peter Manseau @@@@@ (5 out of 5) If you've wondered how anyone could insist that the United States is a "Christian nation" when so many other faiths are practiced within our borders—and so many Americans shun religion entirely—you should enjoy One Nation Under Gods: A New American History by Peter Manseau. In fact, [...]

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Trade Fiction

In Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, Miles begins his journey

The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga #4), by Lois McMaster Bujold @@@@ (4 out of 5) If you're looking for escapist entertainment, and if science fiction strikes your fancy, you'll enjoy the long series of novels in the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold. The Warrior's Apprentice, the fourth book in the series' chronology, is a case in point. In the preceding [...]

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Mysteries & Thrillers

Slough House spooks are on the loose again

Real Tigers (Slough House #4), by Mick Herron @@@@ (4 out of 5) They're all spooks. But Marcus is a gambling addict. Shirley's a cokehead ("It was a weekend thing with her, strictly Thursday to Tuesday"). Catherine is a recovering alcoholic, Louisa a sex addict, Roddy a hacker with a toxic personality. And River screwed up a large-scale training mission so publicly that h [...]

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Commentaries

Yet more fun facts: who is the world’s bestselling author?

Chances are, any book that you might write will never make you the world's bestselling author. Sales for most books written today are pathetically low. As I noted in an earlier post, the average U.S. nonfiction book is now selling fewer than 250 copies per year and fewer than 2,000 copies over its lifetime. And very few titles are big sellers. Only 62 of 1,000 business books re [...]

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