The Big Book of Science Fiction Review

  • Quite possibly the greatest science fiction collection of all time—past, present, and future!
  • What if life was neverending? What if you could change your body to adapt to an alien ecology? What if the pope were a robot? Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-have anthology showcases classic contributions from H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia E. Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut, alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Within its pages, you’ll find beloved worlds of space opera, hard SF, cyberpunk, the New Wave, and more. Learn about the secret history of science fiction, from titans of literature who also wrote SF to less well-known authors from more than twenty-five countries, some never before translated into English. In The Big Book of Science Fiction, literary power couple Ann and Jeff VanderMeer transport readers from Mars to Mechanopolis, planet Earth to parts unknown. Immerse yourself in the genre that predicted electric cars, space tourism, and smartphones. Sit back, buckle up, and dial in the coordinates, as this stellar anthology has got worlds within worlds.

    Including:
    · Legendary tales from Isaac Asimov and Ursula K. Le Guin
    · An unearthed sci-fi story from W. E. B. Du Bois
    · The first publication of the work of cybernetic visionary David R. Bunch in twenty years
    · A rare and brilliant novella by Chinese international sensation Cixin Liu

    Plus:
    · Aliens!
    · Space battles!
    · Robots!
    · Technology gone wrong!
    · Technology gone right!

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“I’ve only read about three stories in it so far and they’re all top-notch very good story selections of works by some of the best in their field.

I will update in more detail as I read more of the book since again as I said I just received it.

My reason for writing a review this soon is because this book is so cheaply made it is already falling apart, and I’ve only owned it for two days.

Be warned, the pages are newsprint quality, and the cover is a simple thin piece of paper, this is a book loaded with great stories but its construction is 100% shoddy.” By Edmond Dantes

“This book might have been better titled “The Big Book of Short Science Fiction,” because it comprises 105 short stories and short-story-like novel excerpts. These are arranged in chronological order, from H. G. Wells’ “The Star” to Johanna Sinisalo’s “Baby Doll.” Editors Ann and Jeff Vandermeer explain that the earliest works were chosen for their clear influence on later science fiction. The book’s timeline eliminates many seminal works such as Mary Shelley’s, and its introduction even spends some time discussing the influence of the 16th-18th century contes philosophiques on Jules Verne. However, the focus is wide enough to include works (some translated for this anthology) originally published in languages other than English, such as Silvina Ocampo’s “The Waves” and Vadim Shefner’s “A Modest Genius.” By A. J Terry 

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Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Kindle price: Paperback $15.99
Paperback: 1216 pages
Publisher: Vintage (July 12, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1101910097
ISBN-13: 978-1101910092
Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 2 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,932 in Books

34 Days Review

  • 34 Days: A gripping psychological thriller from an international best-selling author
  • How much can your life change in just 34 days? 
  • Anna and Ray have been married for thirty-five years. They are parents and grandparents and appear to be a normal couple. But behind closed doors something isn’t right.
  • On the day of their wedding anniversary Anna makes a decision that changes everything and throws her family into turmoil. Anna will discover that she is not the only one who has suffered and by leaving Ray she sparks a series of events so awful that it might just end in murder…
  • 34 days is a stunning psychological thriller from the best-selling author of Beautiful & Angel. It will appeal greatly to fans of Kathryn Croft, Rachel Abbott, B A Paris & Louise Jensen.

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“Quite an engrossing story, a very fast read. Hooked me in right away and kept me til the end. It’s been some time since I’ve read such a captivating story and this one is that and more. This story was original and gripping. Highly recommend!” By Luis O. Bello

“I really felt horrible for the two women in Rays life. Happy that Anna got away from him, and happy that Jenny confided in her. But everything turned crazy from secrets that were kept. I loved this book, and couldn’t put it down. I read it in one day because I needed to know what was going to happen. It will stick with me for awhile.” By gail

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Author: Anita Waller
Kindle price: Paperback $10.99
Publisher: Bloodhound Books (October 3, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0995511160
ISBN-13: 978-0995511163
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,644 in Books

The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1) Review

  • Read the novel that started it all. The Atlantis Gene is the first book in The Origin Mystery, the global bestselling trilogy that is now in development to be a major motion picture.
  • Over 2,000,000 copies sold worldwide * Translated in 23 languages * Published in 32 countries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“This book was written for me, I swear. I just finished it after 3 days of neglecting everything else in my life, and thought, “Finally, the powers that be created a story teller who is capable of writing 500+ pages in which every single word is completely to my tastes.”
The history and the theories behind evolution, religion, autism, Atlantis…well I’m a complete sucker for all of that and Riddle played them perfectly. He wove together several different theories and myths that many people wouldn’t associate but it’s incredibly believable and makes you want to put your thinking cap on and theorize right along with him.” By Holly Y

“I’ll be honest, the only thing keeping me going with this book was the desire to write an authoritative review of it; to warn others to steer clear. Then, after I was finished, I read the author’s note. This is a debut book by an indie author, a guy following his passion, who acknowledges that this is not a perfect book and seeks feedback. And that’s part of the reason I picked it up in the first place, I liked the idea of someone with an (overly) ambitious story, bringing it to life and the community (overly) supporting it. So I’m not going to snark out and eviscerate this book as I was planning, but as the author requests, here are my thoughts:”  By Jonathan Cronin

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Author: A.G. Riddle
Kindle price: Hardcover $28.33 Paperback $8.80
Series: The Origin Mystery
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Riddle Inc. (April 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1940026016
ISBN-13: 978-1940026015
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13,724 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295 in Books

Dark Stranger The Dream: New & Lengthened 2017 Edition (The Children Of The Gods Paranormal Romance Series) (Volume 1) Review

  • “Love Love Love this book! This book had me hooked right from the beginning! I had to read every book in the series one right after the other and I can’t wait for the next! This is probably the best series I’ve read and that’s saying a lot since some of my favorite Authors are JR Ward, Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I was happy to come across this book on one of its free days, I downloaded it and spent the whole day reading it. I found it highly engaging, it not only kept my attention throughout the entire book but also had me wanting more! I love the uniqueness of each character and how the author revealed their personalities so well, really getting the reader deeply involved with each of them. Anytime an author can get you feeling something while reading their work, you know you have found a talented author and I.T. Lucas had my emotions all over the place throughout the entire read! Great story, exciting characters, vivid imagery and hot romance! What more could I ask for? I can say that I anxiously look forward to the next books in the series and more from this author all around! Highly recommend!” By Mary Leckie

“Paranormal Romances take over a HUGE part of my library. When I found this one and read the description, I knew I had to read it. I’ve never read any book like it and don’t think I ever will. No one can write like I.T. Lucas!

The story is set in L.A. where there are immortals who ascended from Goddesses and Gods. We follow the story of the son of the last Goddesses who goes by the name of Kian. His sister Amanda is tasked to find mortals with paranormal abilities who have the dormant gene to be transformed into other immortal beings. We then meet Syssi, Amanda’s assistant, who proves to have the sought gene.” By Cayce Hrivnak

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Author: I T Lucas
Kindle price: Paperback $12.99
Series: The Children Of The Gods Paranormal Romance Series
Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition (December 14, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1541126467
ISBN-13: 978-1541126466
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (455 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,001 in Books

Dark Matter: A Novel Review

  • Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
  • Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
  • Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”
  • In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. Hiswife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
  • Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
  • Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

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“I really enjoyed the beginning of the book. I couldn’t put it down. As it approached the middle and the end I kept reading but just to get through it. I was hoping for some great ending with some big twist I couldn’t predict but I unfortunately was disappointed. I would go into more detail but I do not want to give anything away. I think the idea has promise but in the end it was too difficult to put on paper and the ending was forced.” By Crank

“I’m new to the author although I saw Wayward Pines on TV. This book is the fastest read I’ve picked up in a long time. You can (and will) motor through it in a day. There are a lot of themes here: the scientific method, the boundaries of the possible, the road not taken. The book is sort of a Mobius strip folding in on itself. Our protagonist Jason is challenged for his fundamental being.

The best part of the book for me was the plot process of solving the problems presented. The writing is addictively captivating and would not let me go. In some ways I was more entranced during the reading than afterwards. This is a clever, creative and tightly wound plot. I am not willing to say much about the content for fears of ruining it. Enjoyed it very much, great for those who like blended genres. For me it was less science fiction than mystery and thriller. I hope you enjoy it!” By Quickbeam

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Author: Blake Crouch
Kindle price: Hardcover $16.19 Paperback from $16.76 Audio CD $26.31
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (July 26, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1101904224
ISBN-13: 978-1101904220
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,436 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367 in Books

Oklahoma Christmas Blues: A Prequel to the McIntyre Men Review

  • Darryl is on a quest for peace. His chance at fatherhood was taken from him long ago, and an IED in Iraq ensured he’d never get another. In Big Falls, the McIntyre brothers hire him to keep an eye on their beautiful cousin Sophie in case her criminal ex shows up. He doesn’t expect to fall head over heels. Sophie McIntyre’s life was blown apart by a drug dealing ex who cost her her job and nearly her medical license. She comes to Big Falls because she has nowhere else to go. And the minute she gets there, things start to get better. Is it because of that letter to Santa her Aunt Vidalia convinced her to write? Within days she meets a beautiful man with a deeply wounded soul. And oddly, she finds herself giving him the same advice the town Santa gave to her–try believing again, and if it’s too much to believe, then just try hoping. Love, magic, and miracles ensue. Because this is Big Falls, Oklahoma. Miracles are an everyday occurrence around here. Especially at Christmastime. BELIEVE AGAIN with MAGGIE SHAYNE An expanded author’s cut edition of the story previously published in Buckles, Boots and Mistletoe.

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“I want to write my own letter to Santa! What a sweet Christmas novella. Sophie and Darell had amazing chemistry, the writing was crisp and engaging, and the plot felt complete. Things to point out: A couple of oddly chosen words but no big deal and no sex scenes for those that care. Overall the whole story just made you feel so good reading it and so happy afterward, that is why this gets 5 stars. For me to give a novella 5 stars is kind of a Christmas miracle.” By bibliophile2011

“I can’t say anything bad about this book. The story was great, the characters were awesome, the editing was almost perfect, and the HEA was marvelous. A simple, clean, great story. Highly recommended.” By Kall Kris

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Author: Maggie Shayne
Kindle price: Paperback $5.99
Paperback: 174 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 23, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1540506061
ISBN-13: 978-1540506061
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,386 in Books