Gimbling in the Wabe – Wherein Andy Weir Blows My Mind (well, kinda sorta)

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I didn’t know anything about Andy Weir until I read his novel, The Martian.  It even took me a while to read the book; for some reason, I would check it out of the library, then let it sit around until it was time to return it.  I think this was because there was a [….]

LitStack Review: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

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All the Birds in the Sky Charlie Jane Anders Tor Books Release Date:  January 26, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-7994-8 A young girl who talks to birds; a young boy who builds a two second time machine in his room.  Two hideously awful middle school experiences.  A member of the Nameless Order of Assassins who knows 873 [….]

LitStack Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

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The Martian Andy Weir Crown Publishers Release Date:  February 11, 2014 (self published in 2011) ISBN 978-0-8041-3902-1 Now, wait just one gosh darned minute. Three times – three times! – Andy Weir’s The Martian has crossed my desk, and each time I passed on reading it because I had heard that it was too technical, [….]

Flash Review – What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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What If?:  Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Randall Munroe Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Release Date:  September 2, 2014 ISBN 978-0-544-27299-6 The best thing about a book like What If? is that you don’t have to read it front to back – unless you want to.  You can peck at it, skim through it, take [….]

LitStack Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Scribner Release Date:  May 6, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4767-4658-6 In 1934, six-year -old Marie-Laure’s eyesight fails due to congenital cataracts and she becomes completely blind.  At the time she is living in Paris with her father, who is the principal locksmith for the National Museum of Natural History.  [….]

LitStack Review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things Alice Hoffman Scribner First Edition:  February 18, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4516-9356-0 Part fairy tale, part morality play, part historical fiction, Alice Hoffman’s 31st novel, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, pays homage to New York City in 1911.  While much of the action takes place prior  to 1911, that is the pivotal [….]