Month: November 2014

Monthly Digest for November: A..

Posted November 30, 2014 by Ana in Monthly Digest | 4 Comments
Monthly Digest for November: Almost at the end!

Ana’s Month I cannot believe that December is tomorrow! Time is moving fast! TOO FAST! I can hardly believe that we’re one month away from ushering in 2015. So many things happening next year, so many changes, so many things to think about! It just makes you want to– My thoughts exactly, Kermit. My thoughts exactly. So what happened on the blog this month? It was all about Sci-Fi November! Every single post on the blog has had something to do with this awesome event, and I’m really happy about it! It was a lot of fun to check out […]

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Review 126: Stormdancer (Jay K..

Posted November 28, 2014 by Ana in Reviews, Special Events | 2 Comments
Review 126: Stormdancer (Jay Kristoff)

WOW. Kristoff absolutely blew me away with his world-building, the incredible and multi-faceted characters, his writing that conveys so much emotion, and vivid imagery. Though this book was slow to start, the action just keeps coming after that. Sure, there are paragraphs detailing the ruin of Shima’s environment, the corruption in its upper echelons, etc, but those info dumps didn’t keep me from enjoying the story. First, the characters. Yukiko was so badass and cool, but also incredibly flawed and human. There were moments that I just wanted to smack her and moments that leave me in awe. She’s a great […]

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Talk To Me 48: Sci-Fi Tech Tha..

Posted November 26, 2014 by Ana in Special Events, Talk To Me! | 3 Comments
Talk To Me 48: Sci-Fi Tech That I Want

For my last discussion topic for November, I want to look back at the science fiction books that I’ve read and reviewed this month and talk about the technology that I want to try out. Time Travel In Tommy Parker: Destiny Will Find You! by Anthony Ormond, Tommy uses a pen to travel through time. Time travel isn’t a new thing in science fiction, and I’ve always wanted to try it out. How cool would it be to go back in time and see historical events come to life? I would rather be someone who observes the past instead of going […]

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Review 125: Cress (Marissa Mey..

Posted November 24, 2014 by Ana in Reviews, Special Events | 12 Comments
Review 125: Cress (Marissa Meyer)

Before I start, an open letter to my non-canon ship: Dear Cinder/Thorne, I tried to wean myself off you, I really did. I tried. BUT HELLO MY BABY, HELLO MY DOLLY, I AM STILL SHIPPER TRASH. <3 With the introduction of Cress, I thought I could finally leave my Cinder/Thorne feels behind. BUT NOPE. I am now holding you responsible for all my future angst over a ship that will never ever happen. Sincerely, Ana And with that out of the way, let’s talk about the actual book. It was really really cool! So full of action, everyone was just all […]

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Review 124: The Day of the Tri..

Posted November 21, 2014 by Ana in Reviews, Special Events | 6 Comments
Review 124: The Day of the Triffids (John Wyndham)

When it comes to dystopian titles, I’m pretty much always fascinated by the social structures present in the narrative. I like reading about how the book’s society differs from ours, and how they got there. The formation of these societies are usually told through some history text read by the protagonist, or some dialogue, or an annual battle of the death, etc. In The Day of the Triffids, it was absolutely fascinating to see the different groups of people formed and how they choose to run their little groups. It’s fascinating, and terrifying. Terrifying because the world is pretty much our […]

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Talk To Me 47: Why I Love Scie..

Posted November 19, 2014 by Ana in Special Events, Talk To Me! | 22 Comments
Talk To Me 47: Why I Love Science Fiction

Last week, I talked about some common pitfalls in science fiction. Today, I want to talk about why I love science fiction. Time to spread the love, everyone! Awesome science stuff! I’ve always loved science. Since I was a wee Ana, science has been the thing that has always made my eyes go wide and my brain go into overdrive. I love seeing advances in technology and the cool things that brilliant science minds are coming up with day after day. When I read science fiction, I feel like I’m getting a look into the possible future of technology. Will […]

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Review 123: Shades of Earth (B..

Posted November 17, 2014 by Ana in Reviews, Special Events | 2 Comments
Review 123: Shades of Earth (Beth Revis)

That was a satisfying end to the trilogy, making me love the characters all over again and definitely packed with things that induced the FEEEELS. This book closes the Across the Universe trilogy, and I wholeheartedly recommend this whole series for fans of science fiction and YA. It has a female protagonist who really comes into her own, developing from a scared newbie to a fierce fighter and keeping her hope and optimism that the ship really needed. The male protagonist also developed from an obedient and by-the-book apprentice to a capable leader who makes an effort to see a situation […]

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Read Play Blog: Favourite Scie..

Posted November 16, 2014 by Ana in Read Play Blog, Special Events | 8 Comments
Read Play Blog: Favourite Science Fiction Game

Read. Play. Blog. is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence & Read Me Away. October: What’s your favourite sci-fi game? Hands-down, my answer is StarCraft (and its sequel, StarCraft II). I haven’t played these games in a while, but I have many good memories associated with them. They are military strategy games, where you play as one of three races for a level and have a base, defending against attacks […]

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Review 122: A Million Suns (Be..

Posted November 14, 2014 by Ana in Reviews, Special Events | 2 Comments
Review 122: A Million Suns (Beth Revis)

While it didn’t blow me away like the first book, this was an excellent and darker follow-up to the first book. It was so full of action, and there were moments where my heart was racing because the tension was just so palpable. I could feel the fear, the anger, the raw emotions that the characters were going through. Revis has an excellent way of conveying her characters’ emotions and putting the reader in the shoes of the character. When Elder was frustrated with his own leadership, I was frustrated. When Amy was angry, I was angry. This book really made […]

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Talk To Me 46: Common Pitfalls..

Posted November 12, 2014 by Ana in Special Events, Talk To Me! | 16 Comments
Talk To Me 46: Common Pitfalls in Science Fiction

As much as I love science fiction, there are a few things that just make me go “oh no, don’t do this” because it takes away from my reading experience. I don’t know if it’s just me, but here are a few of the common pitfalls in sci-fi that I encounter often: Information dumps: technical, historical, biological I think the technical info dumps are the most common. Science fiction stories have a lot of really cool and advanced technology… But spending pages and pages detailing the inner workings of a space ship make me zone out. I love science, I […]

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