My husband picked this book as an audiobook for the family trip to Quebec because it sounded similar to the Hunger Games series. I was happy with the choice because I read and enjoyed lots of Mercedes Lackey as a teen.
Genre: YA fantasy/post-apocalyptic
Length: 374 pages
Setting: Mostly around Apex, a near future Washington D.C.
Summary: Short version: Hunting fairy monsters with politics Continue reading
Instead of my usual short fiction this Monday, I thought I’d review the short story Locus Award winner for 2018.
Published: July, 2017 at Tor (you can read it for free at that link)
Genre: science fiction short story
Setting: future Earth and Mars
Summary: Short version: Even when things look dire, there is still hope Continue reading
I was given a copy of this novella to review (although my views are my own). It’s published by Annorlunda Enterprises, a small-press publisher that focuses on stories that make you think.
Published: 2018 (today is the release day, in fact!)
Genre: maybe post-apocalyptic fiction? It was Judgement Day that happened, not the apocalypse, but it changed everything
Length: 152 pages
Setting: a generic city, near future Continue reading
This is book two in the Dark Tower series.
Genre: post-apocalyptic fiction/dark fantasy
Length: 399 pages
Setting: Mid-World and 1980s in our world, immediately after the events of The Gunslinger Continue reading
This is the second book in the Uglies series. Mr. Curiosity started reading the series and I decided to try to finish the series while the book was in the house.
Genre: dystopian YA
Length: 370 pages
Setting: New Pretty Town, soon after the events of Uglies
Font: Berkely Book Continue reading
This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.
Published: July/August 2016 in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Genre: post-apocalyptic science fiction
Setting: Sweden, near future
Summary: The story is told from the viewpoint of Filip, a Stationary CompanionApp, as he relates to Ella, his elderly human companion. It seems that the world was struck by a killer virus, and years later, everything is still in quarantine. Filip has tried to get Ella off the little Swedish island she’s currently on, or access to her drugs, but has had no success. Things change when he’s able to contact a supercomputer who turns off the quarantine conditions and teaches Filip how to import his consciousness into a Go-Machine.
Final thoughts: An interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world. Ella is alone, except for the bots that continue to maintain the cities and town. Filip has enough consciousness to worry about Ella, but not enough to come up with a good solution. Moving into the Go-Machine changes his perspective and his interactions with the world, and seems to open up more creative aspects of his personality. He still doesn’t understand music, although Ella keeps trying. Overall, a thoughtful piece with a touch of hope at the end.
Title comes from: According to an interview with the author, it refers to the phrase, “Last one out, turn the lights off.” Ella was the last one out, but she hadn’t turned the lights off because the bots were still out there.
I read this back when it came out in 2006. It made a lot of critic’s “Best of 2006” lists, which put it on my radar. Plus, I’ve read his Border Trilogy and liked his sparse writing style. I decided to give it a try.
Genre: post-apocalyptic fiction
Length: 287 pages
Setting: near future, it felt like California but it was definitely in the U.S. Continue reading