Book Reviews

The Handmaid’s tale: a story about the importance of choice for a woman and a totalitarian approach to fecundity

This essay was first published on Reading Our Way to the Revolution on May 19, 2015. It’s no secret that The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, the great Canadian novelist, took religious and right wing attempts to control women’s reproductive lives one step further and created a dystopian future. As always with good future fantasy, it… Continue reading The Handmaid’s tale: a story about the importance of choice for a woman and a totalitarian approach to fecundity

Book Reviews

1Q84 – Book 1 * Haruki Murakami

“[1Q84] gets off to a vintage Murakami start: eerie wrinkles in an otherwise ordinary Tokyo day. A woman stuck in traffic decides to get out and walk. A struggling novelist is roped into a shady writing project. But with every page, the ready edges closer to an Orwellian rabbit hole. And when the plunge comes,… Continue reading 1Q84 – Book 1 * Haruki Murakami

Excerpts

What is a slave? From Wyrms * Orson Scott Card

What did you learn, as a slave? That no one can ever be a slave to another man. That is a lie. Then I learned a lie. But you believe it. — Carra Lucia Books (@BooksCarra) May 18, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js There are people who do things for fear of the lash. There are people who… Continue reading What is a slave? From Wyrms * Orson Scott Card

Excerpts

The genetic molecule is the mirror of the will. Wyrms and how they got to be

I absolutely loved the idea of cross-species and hybrid plant creation ever since I read about it in a book from 1987 from Orson Scott Card called Wyrms. We all know about GMOs and how they are genetically enhanced plants, more resistant to bugs, weather changes and insecticides. Some plants even produce their own insecticide!… Continue reading The genetic molecule is the mirror of the will. Wyrms and how they got to be

Excerpts

What sort of egomaniacal monster are you? A human being * Orson Scott Card – Wyrms Quote

This is the discussion between Patience and the head of her father from Orson Scott Card's 1987 book called Wyrms. She found out that she is the prophecy female destined to make the world or kill it as the destined lover of Unwyrm. When her father died, the king ordered to have truth worms implanted… Continue reading What sort of egomaniacal monster are you? A human being * Orson Scott Card – Wyrms Quote

Poetry

Death, Be Not Proud By John Donne

“Death Be Not Proud” is among the most famous and most beloved poems in English literature. Its popularity lies in its message of hope couched in eloquent, quotable language. Donne’s theme tells the reader that death has no right to be proud, since human beings do not die but live eternally after “one short sleep.”… Continue reading Death, Be Not Proud By John Donne

Book Reviews

Orson Scott Card * Wyrms Sci Fi Book Review (Ender Series)

Whenever I think of a young woman's journey to an uncertain destiny, I usually think of David Palme's Emergence  - especially if the girl is under 15, has the power to take a life and is a master of disguise, diplomacy and martial arts. Patience is the seventh seventh seventh daughter of the space captain who first… Continue reading Orson Scott Card * Wyrms Sci Fi Book Review (Ender Series)