Friday, February 26, 2016

Upcoming Reviews

Currently, I'm in the process of reading a few books for review. Here's a preview of these exciting new or upcoming releases:

The Circuit: Progeny of Vale by Rhett C. Bruno

I read the first book in the trilogy last year, and really enjoyed the not-quite-dystopian space opera feel. I also find many of the characters fascinating, especially the robotic and partially robotic ones, and am interested to see where they go. At the end of the first book, the villain is pretty well demonized, but the beginning of the second book seems to humanize him more, so we'll see.

Received for review from the author.

The Side of Good/The Side of Evil edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

This is a book of short stories; one side has various angles on what it means to be a hero, the other on what it means to be a villain. So far, these concepts seem to be pretty grey from the stories I've read, but I think this is the age of the gritty anti-hero, and I'm interested in what these authors are doing with the concept.

Received for review from the editor.

The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome by Alondra Nelson

I haven't started this one yet, but it looks like an interesting sociological perspective on the intersection between racism in America and our recent unlocking of the human genome.

Received for review via LibraryThing.

New Orleans Noir: The Classics edited by Julie Smith

Although I received this for review recently, it seems that the first New Orleans Noir came out in 2007, and  this is for earlier New Orleans-related works. All of the stories I've read so far have been pre-20th century. There's a Kate Chopin story, "The Story of an Hour," that I'd read before, but also work from lesser known New Orleans female writers. This is the second book I've read so far in the "Noir" series, and I think they provide an insider's perspective on a city in an entertaining format.

Received for review via LibraryThing.

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