Infinity 8 Vol 1
July 5th, 2018 by diane92345

If Doctor Who and Bridget Jones had a baby, it would result in Infinity 8 Vol 1.

Agent Yoko Keren is a security officer on a multispecies spaceship heading for Andromeda. She also wants a child. She is fine with a non-human daddy but checks their genetic history first. So far, all the candidates have poor family histories from asthma to alcoholism. When the ship finds a mysterious floating necropolis, Agent Keren investigates. An alien electrician pledges his love. A hundred necro-eaters try to kill her while she attempts to stop their plot to blow up the ship.

This comic has it all. Star Wars bar-like aliens, romance, fierce battles, fan service and humor. It is highly recommended for female sci-fi fans and admirers of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 4 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Lion Forge, and Edelweiss+ for an advanced copy.

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Future of Terrorism
July 4th, 2018 by diane92345

The Future of Terrorism includes a well-researched and comprehensive history of terrorism from antiquity through 2017. Its section on terrorism’s future is more divisive based as it is on the current political climate in the United States.

The book has three parts: terrorism in history, modern terrorism and the future of terrorism. It is interesting to learn that terrorism has been around forever.

“Terrorism is not only a product of bad governance but also a manifestation of youthful idealism.”

Obviously, both bad goverance and youthful idealism are not a new phenomenon.

Why is terrorism’s history relevant? Because the Islamic State (aka ISIS) is a “hodgepodge of the best approaches from the history of terrorism.” Modern digital life has changed the way terrorist organizations recruit (through the web) and frighten the populace (YouTube beheadings). However, the goals and results remain the same then and now—overthrow and recreate a society more fair (at least to the groups to which the terrorists belong).

The Future of Terrorism is recommended to any reader interested in how insurrection has changed society from the French and Russian Revolutions to the modern middle east. However, Trump supporters will not appreciate the linking of him to alt-right terrorism and conspiracy theories even as left-leaning readers will be saying “duh” to something so obvious.

The book uses statistics to prove that the threat of terrorism is less than the threat of gun violence—at least in the United States. However, the preeminent threat is the overreaction to terrorism that threatens our nation’s freedoms and our mandate to accept the tired, hungry and huddled masses yearning to be free.

While the writing style of the Future of Terrorism is academic (think of a 1950s college history textbook), the information is valuable. 3 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Thomas Dunne Books, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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Last Time I Lied
July 3rd, 2018 by diane92345

In the Last Time I Lied, a girl wakes up in a cabin at a summer camp for girls. It is the silence that awakens her at least an hour before dawn. Her three roommates are gone leaving behind their belongings. As the girl searches the camp frantically, she envisions a multitude of dire reasons for her friends’ disappearance.

Fifteen years later, Emma Davis is holding her first gallery showing of her paintings of the missing girls. The wealthy owner of the camp asks her to return to the camp for its reopening. Emma agrees with the underlying purpose of finding out what really happened all those years ago. When Emma returns to camp, her story is told alternating between present day and fifteen years earlier.

Emma is a classic unreliable narrator. She was only 13 at the time of the incident. She admits to lying at the time and has vowed never to lie again—except to herself.

Having read the author’s wonderful debut, Final Girls, I was expecting some twists but Last Time I Lied coasts on a slow boil of dread until the whipsaw conclusion. It has the languid pacing of a gothic mystery like Rebecca. If you like ghost stories and southern mysteries (though this is set in New England), this thriller is for you. 5 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Dutton Books, and Edelweiss+ for an advanced copy.

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