Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Find in catalogOctavia Butler’s 1993 science fiction book is set in our very new and startlingly similar reality of 2024. In a world torn apart by terrible environmental and economic conditions we follow Lauren as she develops a new belief system and starts a new life.


Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Find in catalogThis story is uniquely written as a series of interviews and journal entries. It is a fantastic story that has me thinking about the value of life, global cooperation and hidden secrets of the universe. I recommend this book to anyone interested in technology and science fiction. My favorite part about the writing was its ability to keep me entertained and guessing, incorrectly at times, what might happen next- refreshing to find unpredictability in an easy read.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Find in catalogI would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading science fiction. I don’t usually read that genre, so it was really easy for me to become distracted while reading this book. However, I will say that the writing was very creative and visual. The characters have a lot of personality. For fast readers, I think this would be a quick read.

War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells

Find in catalogI just love how ground breaking H.G. Wells was and still is- one just can’t beat the classics! War of the Worlds is one of the earliest stories telling of a conflict between humanity and an extraterrestrial race. And while it’s a common story now a days- this telling of the invasion by the unnamed protagonist in Surrey will still blow your mind with the imagery and realistic yet fantastical coming of the Martians and how life on earth seems to end under the Martians. War of the Worlds taps into those fears that never get old or go out of print.

The Time Machine, by HG Wells

Find in catalogEvery now and then there is an author that makes science fiction come alive; makes you suspend reality and imagine a different new and sometimes terrifying future. And H.G. Wells, as the so called father of science fiction, does just that! In the Time Machine the journeys of a mysterious time traveler are told. Here we venture forth into an unrecognizable future that is serves, as good science fiction does as an eerie forewarning, and demonstrates a possible outcome for the evolution of humankind.

Bloodchild and other stories by Octavia Butler

A collection of short stories by science fiction author Octavia Butler. This was my first encounter with a work of Butler’s, and I was intrigued by each of the stories I read. A regular Ursula Le Guin reader, I had a certain idea of what to expect, but Butler surprised me with the vivid simplicity of her stories. Each story dealt with coping with things like male pregnancy, terminal disease, loss of communication, and loss of family. Butler’s stories had me pondering the qualities of our lives we take for granted and what we are able to enjoy or feel because of them. Bloodchild and Other Stories has definitely nabbed my further interest in Butler’s work; Clay’s Ark is sitting on my side table, ready to be poured through!

The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianI read — and very much enjoyed — this book that is definitely outside my usual reading choices. I recommend it.

I’d call this book a blend of (thinking movies here) Castaway meets Apollo 13. I shared so many snippets of this book to my husband while I was reading it that now he wants to read it, too.

Reviewed by Kareni



The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Eyre AffairA must-read for book lovers. Fforde creates a world that feels like it could be our own, until without warning, and like it is no big deal, you are presented with a pet dodo, or realize the Crimean War never ended. Part detective fiction, part slapstick comedy, and great literary references that will have you laughing out loud. Jasper Fforde has never disappointed me.

Reviewed by Rebecca