Devotional: Fear

I am afraid of so many things I cannot count them all. like failure, for instance there are uncountably many ways to fail and I am afraid of all of them. or sadness and its harsher twin, weakness. I fear them both. yes, darkness too there’s a reason I don’t go out to howl at…

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Book Review: “Hunger” By Knut Hamsun

I’ve been trying to add more quote-unquote literature to my repertoire of finished books. When I was a child I hated reading anything set in the real world. I found books without magic or elves or talking animals to be unbearably boring, and I had no desire to read anything that had any sort of…

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Book Review: “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley

BRAVE NEW WORLD is considered a classic in literature, a book students are often required to read in high school,  a story that shows the limitations and complexities of utopian/dystopian society. I was told that I had to read it because of the immense similarities between it and my own debut novel, THE SOWING. So naturally, I…

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Book Review: NEXUS by Ramez Naam

The tagline for the book NEXUS, published by the Angry Robot imprint of Osprey, is “Mankind Gets An Upgrade”, but frankly, I don’t think that does the book justice. Lots of books are about “upgrading” humans, whether through genetic modifications, android additions, or drugs (as is Nexus). The tagline is technically correct: the basic premise of NEXUS…

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Alex Shakar’s “Luminarium” and Why Everyone Must Read It

“Luminarium” is, perhaps, the “L’Etranger” of America’s 21st century. It is a quintessential existential appraisal of life in the jet stream; a marvelous re-examining of all that Americans hold dear in our fast-paced, ambitious, over-eager, petty little lives. “Luminarium” follows the life of Fred Brounian – whose identical twin brother has fallen into a coma…

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