Lovecraft Country Review – Racism is far uglier than cosmic horror

It wasn’t until the HBO trailer dropped that Lovecraft Country jumped into my hands, escaping the clutches of my reading list. I love Lovecraftian lore and mythos, which is why this book stood out to me. Having read it, I adore it not for its depiction of cosmic horror but for its self-aware commentary on… Continue reading Lovecraft Country Review – Racism is far uglier than cosmic horror

The Three Body Problem Review – Imaginative but lacks personality

The Three-Body Problem is the first book I’ve read by a Chinese author. It lived up to its hype… almost. It’s a wildly imaginative story backed by hard science. But it’s lacking emotional heft and lacks in-depth characterization. Liu’s approach to aliens is vastly different. They’re technologically more advanced than us, yet they have their… Continue reading The Three Body Problem Review – Imaginative but lacks personality

Beyond the Aquila Rift Book Review – Brilliant Stories About Transhumanism

Transhumanism is a fascinating philosophy. It raises crucial issues, the most intriguing of which is the question: “what does it mean to be human?” Of course, there are no clearly defined answers yet, and the philosophy pushes it even further. Am I human if my body parts are metal? Am I human if I can’t… Continue reading Beyond the Aquila Rift Book Review – Brilliant Stories About Transhumanism

Player Piano: A Glimpse of The Present?

Kurt Vonnegut had a way of telling stories with unbridled optimism tinged with a hint of skepticism. Player Piano, his first published novel, is a great example of a career coming into focus, because not only is this a brilliant take on self-worth, it offers insight into what makes people tick. Vonnegut’s sharp satire cuts… Continue reading Player Piano: A Glimpse of The Present?

Sci-fi Book Reviews: Snow Crash and Year Zero

I’ve always had a soft spot for sci-fi that goes off in crazy directions. I also love how they speculate the future, especially stories published in the ’80s and ’90s. They imagine our (current) world to be an technological utopia. Truth be told, we take for granted a lot of tech in our daily lives,… Continue reading Sci-fi Book Reviews: Snow Crash and Year Zero