Tag: Sci-fi

Pulp binge: Perfect Little Angels is… imperfect

Pulp binge: Perfect Little Angels is… imperfect

Hello! I’ll be doing a PULP BINGE for the next few updates, and feature more pulp in general. I have a bad habit of buying quite a bit of pulp, but I rarely read it- finally, I’m going through my backlog and slamming these guys down!

I’m a major pulp sci-fi/horror fan, so that’s mostly what you’ll be seeing here.

Pulp, if you’re not familiar, is a common name for those short, fat paperbacks that were mostly printed before the late 90s. Pulp as a genre is also notable for often being more ‘trashy’ and not as ‘refined’ as commercial fiction. Quotes because this is not necessarily true in the slightest!

★★☆☆☆

(2 stars)

THRIFT STORE WHY: The cover! It looks amazing in person, with this weird, shiny overlay (especially on the red eyes). The art is fantastic, the name is attention grabbing, and the back copy/tagline are both really fun. I’m always keen on brainwashing plots and fake-utopias.

BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A dull rebellious girl moves into a Utopian neighborhood where daily pills and radio signals make every citizen morally pure and essentially the same. Elsewhere, a semi-robot teen hallucinates for half the book.

WOULD I RECC TO READ: No. It’s fun and pulpy, but there’s a lot better of the type.

Review:

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The first half of the Magicians is really good. The second half happens, I guess

The first half of the Magicians is really good. The second half happens, I guess

★★★☆☆

3.5 stars

This book, at least the first half of it, is wondrous in it’s possibilities and killer high-knowledge based magic. Second part is eh, leading to more eh, and a pretty eh-based series. With bonus edgy whiny characters.

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The bonkers MallWorld is a hidden sci-fi gem

The bonkers MallWorld is a hidden sci-fi gem

★★★★★

(5 stars)

I stumbled on this in a second hand book store and bought it for two dollars. My life will never be the same

Mallworld is a collection of seven short stories all taking place in the same universe, a place far in the future where everyone lives in space, and there’s a shopping mall the size of a planet. You’ve never heard of it, but it’s fantastic. Weird, dark, strange, and fun.

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This isn’t really a fair review: I love Apocalypse Array and the LINK angels series so much

This isn’t really a fair review: I love Apocalypse Array and the LINK angels series so much

★★★★★

(5 stars)

(Book four, the last one. Book one, two, three).

YAAAAAAAAAAA

I just love these characters. Enough I can easily look through various narrative/writing flaws. I love em. I want more of them.

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Oh hey: Loneliest girl in the universe is wonderful, with a few mundane problems

Oh hey: Loneliest girl in the universe is wonderful, with a few mundane problems

★★★★☆

(4 stars)

This is a simple, standalone book that is well written, enjoyable, and imaginative. Romy is a teen… alone in space!! That is really the full set up and to a degree, story. The plot takes a while to really ramp up or have a clear direction, but it’s short and fun regardless.

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State of Grace wasn’t, at all, garbage. I’m quite surprised.

State of Grace wasn’t, at all, garbage. I’m quite surprised.

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

 

help I really liked this

The pacing was slow at times and the end was a bit messy, almost a lead in to a sequel (that doesn’t exist), but I liked it way more than I thought I would.

Fun fact: the summary reveals a fact we don’t learn until 75% into the plot, and that’s super dumb.

Messiah Node continues the fantastic, character-driven LINK angel series

Messiah Node continues the fantastic, character-driven LINK angel series

★★★★★

(5 stars)

(Book three. Here is two and one.)

“CHARACTERS:

All powerful 35-year old unlucky computer hacker, my husband
Genderless polite muslim AI clone of said hacker
Satan with a bad hairstyle
Satan’s girlfriend, a cyborg former-vatican police officer turned anti-christ with an evil AI living in her robo skeleton
Michael the insane homeless Archangel who just wants the best for his bastard daughter
Zionist lesbian criminal with PTSD

How can you not have fun, honestly?”

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