Retelling Sherlock

A Study in Scarlet Women

I’ve never actually read Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels about the Sherlock Holmes, but I’ve watched every retelling of the story. To the point that I know how his mind works, how he analyzes every clue – his voice. And Sherry Thomas captures this expertly in Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1). But in her retelling Sherlock Holmes is a woman – and this made it more interesting to me.

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Medical Thriller & Science Fiction

Lock In

I went through a medical thriller phase when I devoured the works of Robin Cook and Michael Crichton. Epidemics that came from infected animals, tracking patient zero, or the mad search for a cure before most of the population dies scintillated my imagination. So when I discovered that John Scalzi‘s Lock In was centered around a disease, I was definitely on board. But it was so much more, a science fiction opus I enjoyed so much.

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Rob Dircks: Writing Style Versus Premise

You're Going to Mars

Have you ever enjoyed the writing style of an author without being impressed by the subject of his story? Science fiction and reality tv shows should never be brought together. I’ve watched so many seasons of Survivor, Dancing With the Stars and The Voice to last me a lifetime – no more, please. To have this concept infect a genre that never fails to bring me awe and wonder is unfair. But that is the premise of You’re Going to Mars! by Rob Dircks and I’m still a little conflicted by my experience.

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Historical Fantasy

The Dragon Republic

R.F. Kuang introduced a new genre into my life, historical fantasy, and it is awesome. Coming from the Philippines, a country that has also been colonized by the Japanese and several Westerners – I was able to relate to the historical part of The Poppy War series. Being partial to Fantasy, with its magic systems and amazing characters, I couldn’t pass up the second book in the series, The Dragon Republic.

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Series or Standalone Books

King of Scars

The trend toward series instead of standalone books make it harder for me to experience the works of as many authors as I can discover. Instead of reading a single novel, my imagination is caught up in two or three installments. The King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo seemed like the first book of a new series when I purchased it. But it had so many references to things that happened in the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology that I felt compelled to read the earlier books.

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What If…

Alter

My stage plays back in high school always started with the question, “What if?” I think the whole genre of speculative fiction started with this question. One of my lingering hypotheticals is What if all modern creature comforts were taken away from the world and I had to survive by hunting for my own food, building a fire to keep warm, defending myself against zombies? Ok, maybe edit that last one to predators. The book, Alter, by Jeremy Robinson asked the same question (minus the zombies) and I’m glad I decided to listen to its answer.

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Michelangelo & Kalian Gaines

Intrinsic

My husband and I went to an exhibit of Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel yesterday at the Christ Cathedral. His mastery of the human form was obvious in every brush stroke, but Michelangelo always identified himself as a sculptor not a painter. Kalian Gaines in Philip C. Quaintrell’s Intrinsic (The Terran Cycle Book 1) was a history professor and always thought of himself as human. Two very different characters, but if Michelangelo never took that paintbrush or if Kalian Gaines never tried to harness his powers – we would never know what one man can do to make a difference.

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