Review: OBLIVION

I feel like mentioning that this review has spoilers is the right thing to do, but really Oblivion spoils itself in the first five minutes and this review turned into more of a recap. I don’t think good movies tend to start with five minutes of exposition explaining the setup and back story and what the main character’s job is and who that lady in his bed is and oh let’s not forget “the mandatory memory wipe... Read more

Review: The Woken Gods

The Woken Gods Author: Gwenda Bond Publisher: Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot Genre: YA Release Date: September 2013 Formats: Paperback and Ebook Blurb: Five years ago, the gods of ancient mythology awoke around the world. This morning, Kyra Locke is late for school. Seventeen-year-old Kyra lives in a transformed Washington, D.C., home to the embassies of divine pantheons and the mysterious Society of the Sun. But when rebellious Kyra encounters two trickster gods on her way back... Read more

REVIEW: Awakening #1 (Archaia)

Awakening, like all zombie stories, starts the same way. Someone notices that something isn’t right and  they either ignore it or try to do something about it. They tell someone who’s skeptical and then, suddenly, it’s undeniable. However, in Awakening there’s no suddenly. The build is slow and magnified by the artwork. It’s hard to tell what you’re seeing, just as it’s hard to tell what’s really happening in the city of Park Falls. The... Read more

Review: Crux by Ramez Naam

Crux  Book 2 in the Nexus series Author: Ramez Naam Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Angry Robot Release Date: August 27, 2013 (US/Canada), September 5, 2013 (UK) Formats: Paperback and E-book Blurb: Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place. In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President... Read more

Review: The Incrementalists

The Incrementalists Authors: Steven Brust and Skyler White Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Books Release Date: September 24, 2013 Formats: Hardcover and E-book Blurb: The Incrementalists—a secret society of two hundred people with an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the... Read more

Three by Jay Posey

Three by Jay Posey is a high-tech post-apoc adventure story and to be quite honest if you don’t run out and buy it right now we are no longer friends.  Three is a well put together story, with enough complexity to carry the narrative yet not so much it gets confusing. The characters are well-drawn and complex, the world is a fascinating, interesting one.  And above all that, for me, is that Jay Posey is... Read more

Pacific Rim Review

Pacific Rim is not a hollow, soulless film about big stompy robots. Pacific Rim doesn’t treat the audience like idiots. Yet, none of you are going to see it. This is a crying shame. Pacific Rim is an impeccable summer action film. It is beautifully shot and well-told. There is nothing groundbreaking about it but if you wanted groundbreaking you wouldn’t be watching films about big mechs battling battling monstrous aliens. I Like Big Mechs... Read more

In summary, you should read The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox

Did the title spoil it? I like to let the headline tell the story while everything else is supporting details. Speaking of details and headlines telling stories –spoiler alert—you might already know how the The Accidental Demon Slayer1 ends… Fortunately, the ending isn’t why I’d recommend The Accidental Demon Slayer. Angie Fox managed to write a convincing up-tight preschool teacher, gang of biker geriatrics, and talking Jack Russell Terrier. Throughout this action-adventure-comedy Lizzie, the protagonist,... Read more

Book review: The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius Editor: John Joseph Adams Genre: Science Fiction Anthology Publisher: Tor Note: This review is being published simultaneously on Char’s blog, Apocalypse Mama, and here on In Case of Survival. Blurb:  Mad scientists have never had it so tough. In super-hero comics, graphic novels, films, TV series, video games and even works of what may be fiction, they are besieged by those who... Read more

Review: A Departure by Tom Ward

A Departure by Tom Ward is a post-apocalyptic coming of age story. In a heartbeat Michael’s life is good. He’s in love and about to leave home for university. Things couldn’t be better. Then a natural disaster hits Britain. With his family and friends dead, and no help forthcoming from the government, Michael sets off, alone, aiming to reach the potential safety of the continent. Along the way, he forges a new family amongst the... Read more

LOVE, a movie about isolation

The movie cover for LOVE caught my attention more than the description. Most of the space is space and down there in the bottom corner is an astronaut just siting like he’s waiting for a bus. This is actually a pretty accurate summary of what happens in the bulk of the film. Stranded alone aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Lee Miller fights to survive the stress of isolation and stay alive. But everything changes... Read more

Defiance [the show]

Defiance is a SyFy original show about a race of aliens who sought refuge on Earth only to accidentally terraform the planet into a whole new, and dangerous world for everyone. The show is set 33 years after the arrival of the aliens where they’re now integrated into the world in a semi-hostile land-share with Humans and newly evolves wildlife. Defiance is a new city build on the bones of what use to be St.Louis.... Read more