Posted in Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, My Bibliothèque, Science Fiction

{ Book Review} – The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu!

The Paper Menagerie and Other StoriesThe Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It would be extremely easy for me to club The Paper Menagerie into Science Fiction genre. And technically, it would not be so wrong either. It is an anthology of 15 stories each of which picks one thread from a varied range of human frailties or whims and then takes you on a story telling trip where the reader would easily want to believe the supernatural and otherwise unbelievable. In my humble opinion, Liu dabs a few strokes of sci-fi, fantasy and dystopia on a predominantly chromatically dull backdrop of human values & thought process for a few bursts of colour. Or may be to he does it to make his stories more believable because humans do behave strangely more often than not and without much rationality too. There is a smattering of historical fiction too which makes us introspect if we, as a race, have evolved at all. I found many readers describing it as speculative fiction and the word intrigues me. Because yes, the book did cause me to speculate, in a healthily curious way. The author has put together a collection of his works and once you have read it, it is no surprise to you that the stories have been finalists/shortlisted or won several prestigious literary prizes.

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Posted in Historical Fiction, My Bibliothèque, Science Fiction, Thriller

{ Book Review } – 11/22/63 by Stephen King

  • Title: 11/22/63
  • Author: Stephen King
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thriller
  • Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.27 stars out of 5
  • Average Rating on Amazon: 4.5 stars out of 5, here
  • Movie Adaptation: An 8-part tv series 11.22.63 on Hulu, starring James Franco, Chris Cooper
  • Year of Publication: 2011

11/22/63 is a novel by Stephen King based on the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963. The novel’s titular date is very much indicative of what the story is all about, with a time traveler traveling back in time to this date and his attempts to prevent this grave event.

So, while this book has a lot of consistencies with the Lone Gun Man theory, the mystery of JFK assassination is not the sole theme of the novel.

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Posted in My Bibliothèque, Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction

{Book Review } – The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey!

The 5th Wave is a young adult, science fiction novel written by Rick Yancey and is the 1st installment of a trilogy. The story tracks Cassiopeia Sullivan, or Cassie as she prefers to be called, a 16-year-old girl and the protagonist, and the tumultuous happenings in her life when the world is invaded by the aliens in a series of waves of attacks and how she copes with it. The story opens sometime after the 4th wave of attacks and at a point where the world, and few remaining survivors, have been pushed to Stone age, camping, hunting and doing whatever it needs to survive. Trust no one is the motto everyone seems to follow in order to survive. In order to not reveal spoilers, I won’t divulge any further into the story because I think a lot of folks would be intending to read the book before the motion picture adaptation releases.

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