31 July 2015
But the stars are just so far away, and next to that the practicalities of building a world (for the inhabitants, for the author) just don’t seem that attractive. Unless, like me, you’re leaden-minded.
29 July 2015
Choosing your next book is a bit like online dating.
27 July 2015
Rather than come across like a trendy vicar trying too hard to get down with what's hip with the kids on the street these days (daddy-o), the metric I'll be using here is: would I recommend this book to my students?
24 July 2015
Viper Wine itself is as a masque - or perhaps it is an anti-masque. Who is actually the grotesque?
22 July 2015
This is a strong and valuable entry in that conversation about genre and gender, culture and context, in which we are all engaged and to which the editors refer in their introduction. And yet, and yet . . .
20 July 2015
Ex Machina takes a conceptually simple plot and layers it brilliantly with a set of extremely complex characters and challenging questions about identity, sentience, control, manipulation, and survival. The film begins with Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a young programmer at...
17 July 2015
The whole time I was reading this collection, I couldn’t shake a nagging question: just who, exactly, is the intended audience? Though I’ve read enough academic philosophy to have a reasonable sense of when the content was being, not dumbed down, but simplified for the presumable benefit of a more general readership, that simplification seldom came in the form of explanations tailored to a lay readership. Instead, it often felt more like I was reading summaries or introductions to longer pieces whose audience was assumed to be conversant in the topics under discussion.
15 July 2015
Humans, by and large, crave personal connection, yet there is a real sense in which individual experiences will never be sufficient to grasp the whole of what we are doing to our planet.
13 July 2015
The Architect's Apprentice, is that type of book—one which I can neither recommend nor discourage others from reading.
10 July 2015
The term 'haunting' could describe The World Before Us, from the affective quality of its prose, to the figurative intrusion or influence of the past upon the present, to the literal presence of the deceased gathered around people and objects.
08 July 2015
It’s only from her vantage point among the clouds, that Aza eventually grasps something of a deeper sincerity and appreciation for the fragile, indomitable spirit of her family and the whole broken world she left behind.
06 July 2015
Age of Ultron delivers a surprising number of deft character moments—all the more important considering the sheer number of characters sharing the screen—and in so doing shows a very human core.
03 July 2015
It may be the clash between genre expectations that makes the novel more interesting than many an exercise more firmly based in what we think science fiction is.
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