World War Z by Max Brooks

World War Z

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

It goes by many names: “The Crisis”, “The Dark Years”, “The Walking Plague”, as well as newer and more “hip” titles such as “World War Z” or “Z War One.”

Plot

It began with rumors from China about another pandemic. Then the cases started to multiply and what had looked like the stirrings of a criminal underclass, even the beginnings of a revolution, soon revealed itself to be much, much worse. Faced with a future of mindless, man-eating horror, humanity was forced to accept the logic of world government and face events that tested our sanity and our sense of reality.

Based on extensive interviews with survivors and key players in the 10-year fight-back against the horde, World War Z brings the very finest traditions of American journalism to bear on what is surely the most incredible story in the history of civilisation.

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A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

A Princess of Mars Burroughs

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

I am a very old man; how old I do not know.

Plot

Virginia gentleman John Carter, unexpectedly transported to the perilous red planet, Mars, finds himself captured by the loveless Green Men of Thark. As Carter struggles to win his freedom—and the affections of fellow captive Dejah Thoris, princess of the rival clan of Helium—the fate of the entire planet hangs in the balance: warring Martian tribes collide and the beleaguered Atmosphere Factory grinds to a suffocating halt.

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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

The Man in the High Castle Philipp K Dick

Rating: 2 Stars ★★☆☆☆

It can’t be, he thought.

Plot

It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war, and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

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Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson

Snapshot Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Anthony Davis – one of only two real people in a city of twenty million – caught the burrito his partner tossed to him.

Plot

In the near future, society can create a snapshot of a specific day in time. The experiences people have, the paths they follow—all of them are real again for a one day in the snapshot. All for the purposes of investigation by the court.

Davis’s job as a cop on Snapshot Duty is straight forward. Sometimes he is tasked with finding where a criminal dumped a weapon. Sometimes he is tasked with documenting domestic disputes. Simple. Mundane. One day, in between two snapshot assignments, Davis decides to investigate the memory of a call that was mysteriously never logged at the precinct, and he makes a horrifying discovery.

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The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Lost World Conan Doyle

Rating: 4 Stars  ★★★★☆

Mr. Hungerton, her father, really was the most tactless person upon earth, – a fluffy, feathery, untidy cockatoo of a man, perfectly good-natured, but absolutely centered upon his own silly self.

Plot

Unlucky in love, but desperate to prove himself in an adventure, journalist Ed Malone is sent to test the infamous and hot-tempered Professor Challenger on his bizarre South American expedition findings – not least his sketches of a strange plateau and the monstrous creatures that appear to live there.

But rather than being angry at his questions, Challenger invites him along on his next field trip. Malone is delighted: until it becomes clear that the Professor was telling the truth about the terrible lost world he has discovered.

Will they all survive the terrifying creatures on the island? And will anyone ever believe what they saw there?

 

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Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2016 Edition

Some of the Best from Tor 2016 Edition

Overall Rating of the Anthology: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

You can get the anthology on tor.com here.

About:

Tor.com regularly publishes original fiction, short stories and novellas on their website. And each year, some of them are collected into an anthology. The stories in the 2016 edition are varied, but all are either Fantasy or Science Fiction.

While there were some stories that did not speak to me, there were also some really great and enjoyable ones. The best stories in the anthology, for me, are:

  • The DestroyerTara Isabella Burton
  • A Dead DjinnP. Djeli Clark
  • Autobiography of a Traitor and a Half-SavageAlix E. Harrow
  • Your Orisons May Be RecordedLaurie Penny
  • The Great DetectiveDelia Sherman
  • Finnegan’s FieldAngela Slatter
  • That Game We Played During the WarCarrie Vaughn

Read on for a more detailed review of the individual stories.

 

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange Burgess

Rating: 2.5 Stars

“What’s it going to be then, eh?”



Plot

15-year-old Alex enjoys classical music, leading his small gang of droogs and committing ultra-violence: robbery, rape, torture and murder. When his crimes catch up with him, Alex is jailed. To get out of jail and get revenge on the friends who betrayed him, he joins a rehabilitation program. The goal: psychological conditioning to make him sick of violence in the future.


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