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Sci-fi is often praised for its realistic prediction of the future, and Blackfish City sounds less like a distant possibility than a direct probability. I love the shift away from Euro-American centrism and the vision of an Inuit-PanAsian multicultural future. A future where the problems of today - the machinations of the uber-wealthy, backlogged governments, controlled scarcity of resources, housing crises - no longer move under the water, but are rising to the surface...
And if that doesn't grab you: nano-bonding orca-riding spear-weilding warrior woman cross between Philip Pullman and Bladerunner. Seriously, just read the first chapter. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
Full disclosure: I haven't finished this yet. But I already love it so much I'm taking up precious space and weight in my suitcase to take it with me on my sojourn abroad. Readers of Her Body and Other Parties will find a sister in Barnhill's collection. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
I have been avoiding the slew of post-election political-analytical books (even the current #1 bestseller); whether I should be or not, I am fatigued by their endless dissection. But I never grow tired of reading the way that everyday Americans have thought about the state of the union. Their fears, their hopes, their experiences; they never grow stale or overblown, but quietly urge us onward. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
Sexy and informative, which is two counts better than any of your Tinder dates. (Admit it). ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
Readers expecting a cynical parody will be pleasantly surprised: The Oatmeal's comic genius dismantles our obsession with the monochromatic word "happiness" and reveals that he is a modern Nietzsche who discovered drawing instead of syphilis. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus