Blog Tour: “Another Brooklyn” by Jacqueline Woodson

Another Brooklyn by writer and poet Jacqueline Woodson is a new novel about a girl and her friends in 1970s Brooklyn. The story begins when August returns to Brooklyn for her father’s funeral. Seeing an old friend on the subway sparks her memories of childhood, told through Woodson’s ethereal and poetic language.  It feels as ifRead more

“Rebellion” by Karen Sandler

Rebellion is the third book in the Tankborn trilogy, a YA dystopian series featuring diverse protagonists, cyborgs, and (you guessed it!) a rebellion.  Minor spoilers from the previous two books, but I’ll try to keep them as minimal as possible. Kayla is a GEN, or genetically engineered human.  Devak is a highborn.  The two of themRead more

“Awakening” by Karen Sandler

Kayla is a GEN, short for Genetically Engineered Nonhuman.  The GENs were engineered by the higher classes to do manual labor and are basically cyborg slaves.  Kayla has been given the opportunity for a treatment that would dissolve her circuitry and let her pass as a member of a lower caste, but she’s turned itRead more

“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson

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Even when my girls were little, we’d go down there, my grandmother tells us.  And people’d be marching. The marching didn’t just start yesterday. Police with those dogs, scared everybody near to death.  Just once I let my girls march.   Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical memoir in verse about the author’s childhood inRead more

“Unexpected Stories” by Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler (1947-2006) is one of my all-time favorite authors.  She uses the platform of speculative fiction to deeply explore themes of race and gender, dominance and submission, and the use and abuse of power.  She sheds light on the dark side of human nature and shows how exploitation can become entrenched within a people’sRead more

“How to Be Black” by Baratunde Thurston

I bought How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston because I thought it would make a hilarious coffee table book and/or conversation piece.  Race is one of those taboo topics that people (myself included) aren’t comfortable talking about.  Since Baratunde Thurston writes for The Onion, I hoped he’d be able to talk about racial issuesRead more

Review and Giveaway: “Glow” by Jessica Maria Tuccelli

Jessica Maria Tuccelli’s debut novel “Glow” is a joy to read.  I’d highly recommend it, and invite you all to participate in a giveaway sponsored by the publisher.  Just leave a comment to enter.  I’ll draw the winner out of a hat on May 31.  Please include your e-mail address so that I can contactRead more

“Mind of My Mind” by Octavia Butler

“Mind of My Mind” is the second book in Octavia Butler’s Patternist series (chronologically, at any rate).  It works as a standalone, so don’t sweat it if you pick this one up first. In Wild Seed, we were introduced to Doro, a mutant immortal who survives by jumping from body to body.  He was bornRead more

“Wild Seed” by Octavia Butler

I received a review copy of Octavia Butler’s “Wild Seed” from the publishers via Netgalley.  The book was originally written in 1980, and is being re-released as an e-book by Open Road Integrated Media. Before I get into my review in which I gush about how awesome Octavia Butler is, I’d like to share thisRead more