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The Best Sci-Fi Books of 2022 So Far

If you are a fan of science fiction, you know how exciting it can be to escape into alternate worlds. Science fiction is a broad genre and covers everything from steampunk to alien worlds and military fiction. From Jules Verne’s famous novels to the latest YA novels, this genre offers readers a chance to travel through time and space. Some of the best sci-fi books of the year so far have reshaped the genre.

Review of “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower is a science fiction novel by American author Octavia E. Butler, published in 1993. Set in post-apocalyptic Earth, this novel offers commentary on climate change and social inequality. Though the book is set in the future, the themes are relevant today.

“Parable of the Sower” follows a young African American girl, Lauren Oya Olamina, as she tries to find her way in the world. She is the eldest daughter of a Baptist preacher and suffers from a condition known as hyper-empathy syndrome. In the dark and dystopian world in which she lives, this condition can be fatal. However, Lauren develops a new faith, called Earthseed, which helps her make sense of her new society.

Review of “The Justice of Kings” by Emily St. John Mandel

“The Justice of Kings” by Emily St John Mandel is a thrilling debut that introduces a likable protagonist, and promises a world of intrigue and action. This story will leave readers feeling swept up in the characters’ lives. It’s the first book in a series, and the climax of the first book is a bit disappointing, although it does move towards the end of the story in a satisfying way.

The best scifi books of 2022 so far

Review of “Sea of Tranquility” by Emily St. John Mandel

Sea of Tranquility is a sixth novel from Emily St. John Mandel and is her sixth novel overall. It is an intriguing work of speculative fiction, with a complex storyline and a strong sense of character development. The story revolves around the characters’ relationships, which are often complicated and layered, and the consequences of their choices. The novel is an excellent read, and I highly recommend it for fans of speculative fiction.

“Sea of Tranquility,” Mandel’s sixth novel, builds on the premises and themes of her previous novels, Station Eleven (2014) and The Glass Hotel 2020. While this connection to her previous novels is sometimes subtle and merely an Easter egg effect, it still adds to the book’s overall impact. The book is a great beach read, and an excellent addition to Mandel’s growing body of work.

Review of “The Kaiju Preservation Society” by R.F. Kuang

If you are a fan of science fiction and monsters, you will likely enjoy this standalone adventure novel. The third book in the Interdependency trilogy, The Kaiju Preservation Society is set in early 2020. Jamie Gray is a young food delivery driver in New York City who is facing the possibility of losing her job. She meets Tom, an old acquaintance who claims to work for a mysterious “animal rights organization.” Tom has an opening for someone with Jamie’s skill set, and Jamie is quickly drawn into the organization.

The plot of the book is entertaining and the action set pieces are excellent. The Kaiju in the novel are impressive specimens, and the science behind their existence is well developed. Though Scalzi’s book is a bit light on detail, he does an excellent job of creating a plausible universe and the science behind it. A Kaiju is a gigantic creature that lives in a hostile environment on its skin. It can grow to be as big as a lion and as dangerous as a multi-storey Godzilla.

Review of “The Year of the Witching” by Alexis Henderson

The story’s setting is as important as the characters in a book like this one, and Henderson does a great job of it. Bethel, the city where the novel is set, is filled with puritanical ideology and patriarchal prejudice. The city is also dominated by a massive cathedral, made of cold stone and sharp glass.

The setting is a dark fantasy that borders on a horror novel. It explores the horrors of fundamentalism, racism, and corruption. The book also references the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints (FCLDS) and uses its story to explore these issues. It also focuses on women, as Bethel is known for its brutality against women.

Review of “The Expanse” by John Scalzi

Although The Expanse is classified as a space opera, the stories that make up this series are more like war stories than science fiction. As such, they are more in line with John Scalzi’s work than with contemporary sci-fi. The setting is a limited solar system and the story lacks a sense of discovery or wonder. In this way, it feels more like older styles of space opera than the modern genre.

Although the story is complex, the story is enjoyable. Scalzi has stated that The Independency Series is an allegory for climate change. The characters are well-developed and the world-building is intriguing. There is even a foul-mouthed character in the series. Although the book isn’t particularly original, fans of sci-fi and dystopian fiction may find it entertaining.


Literature: 10 books for teens/young adults to offer for Christmas

What gift to give a teenager for Christmas? Ringard, the book? Not so sure… Here is a selection of 10 books that dusted off children’s literature (15-24 years).

According to a study by Ipsos, this age group represents 40% of French readers reporting reading for pleasure. 92% read at least one book a year, and more than two in three say they want to read more.

New reading habits

Often pointed out as the cause of young people’s disinterest in reading, the Internet has, on the contrary, offered them a formidable tool to share their favorites, their disappointments, correspond with their favorite authors or even write their own stories.

Illustration of the phenomenon: the “booktube” trend, imported from the United States and which is now popular in Europe.

The concept is simple, stemming from the contraction of “book” and “YouTube”: young readers realize in front of the camera the chronicles of the books they have just read, present their latest acquisitions, throw themselves challenges…

Here is a selection of this year’s best novelties, to gift your kids.

The ten books to offer for Christmas
Ice Dragon – George R.R. Martin

The father of the best-selling saga “The Iron Throne” launches into children’s literature. In the same universe as “Game of Thrones”, we discover the young Adara, born during winter and friend with an ice dragon. However, in the year she turned seven, fire dragons from the north ravaged the peaceful hamlet where she lived. The little girl and her dragon are the only ones who can bring peace and save the world from destruction.

The book is illustrated by great drawings by Luis Royo, a famous Spanish painter.

Miss Peregrine and the Particular Children (Volumes 1 & 2) – Ransom Riggs

The American bestseller! Remained 63 weeks at the first place of the literary classification of the New York Times, the first volume of this bewitching saga is being adapted by Tim Burton to the cinema.

It follows the story of Jacob, a 16-year-old American teenager who, throughout his childhood, listened to the stories told to him by his grandfather. However, one day, he dies under strange circumstances.

Jacob goes off the coast of Wales, to the island where his grandfather told him that he spent his childhood in a remote orphanage. Jacob wants to understand what happened there, and maybe find the children who shared his grandfather’s life. However, it will not be easy to disentangle the threads of the past…

The object books created by Ransom Riggs are already fascinating in themselves. Their appearance of old photo albums and the portraits scattered throughout the text give them an aura as disturbing as it is attractive.

Les Outrepasseurs (Volumes 1, 2 & 3) – Cindy Van Wilder

A favorite trilogy, the first series of novels for the author, which has already attracted thousands of young readers. The universe is abundant, very well documented and full of historical references.

Peter, a trouble-free London teenager, narrowly escapes an attack and discovers that the attack was directed at him. Taken to a substantial Victorian residence, he meets the members of a secret society, the Outrepasseurs. The revelations of the latter will change the course of his life…

Blacklisted – Cole Gibsen

It was when she found herself on the street at 17 with only her library books as a company that the author promised herself to write a book on teenagers.

A few years later, she delivers a poignant novel on an unfortunately omnipresent subject: school harassment. We discover Regan, a young girl who has everything she could dream of. Until the day his private internet messages are posted on school walls. In a second, she goes from princess to pariah.

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz.

The author already known and recognized by American critics signs his fourth youth novel. A moving story of rare accuracy.

Aristotle, 15, is an angry teenager whose brother is in prison. Dante is a boy of the same age, hyper-expensive, who sees the world in his way. When they meet at the pool, they seem to have nothing in common. They begin to spend time together and develop a deep friendship. One of those life-changing relationships that last forever.


Home Tech: Best Buy Books on Gadgets for Smart Homes and More

Smart homes are the future. Even you may not be able to afford the smart gadgets and home assistants today, you will be able to in the near future. Smart homes are becoming the norm and most of us will soon live in an automated home that can almost think for itself. Our list today is on the best home tech books.

Smart Home Hacks: Tips and Tools for Automating Your House by Gordon Meyer

If you have always wanted to create your own smart home, this is the book for you. Gordon Meyer explains how to turn wires, your computer, sensors, cameras, and other devices into a well-synced and convenient smart home system. The tips and tricks he shares can be implemented by anyone no matter what your level of technical or engineering experience. You will find this book very helpful if you want to increase the automation, safety, and convenience of your home.

Inside the Smart Home by Richard Harper

This book looks at the trend of making our homes smart to increase convenience and safety. It also takes a look at why this trend may not be as successful as we may think. The book takes a look at different aspects and the background issues that smart home technology involves.

Smart Homes for Dummies by Danny Briere

This book is for anyone who wants to try their hand at making their home automated and smart. You can learn how to install cameras, how to get your appliances to work with voice commands or remote controls, and how to play your favourite music across the whole house. Smart home technology offers endless options and you will spend many hours doing all kinds of things to get your home the way you want it.

Home automation is here to stay. These books help you do it yourself and also make you understand how it works and why we want it. Try it out and let us know how your smart home experience is.


Top Technology Publications for Tech and Gadget Junkies

If you like reading about technology, whether fiction or non-fiction, today’s top list is for you. Over the years, we have read novels about technology and what the future may look like. Today, some of those things have become reality and others still seem a bit far off. No matter whether you like the imaginary tech or the real-life tech, you will find a book you like on today’s list.

Ready Player One – This story is set in the year 2044 and is a close-sci-fi novel. It follows Wade through his adventures that will make the childlike inner-gamer squeak with delight. Ready Player One is sure to become a classic and is a favourite on the shelves of many tech and gaming lovers.

Weapons of Math Destruction (Cathy O-Neil) – Cathy O’Neil is a data scientist and in this book, she looks at the impact of algorithms on the world and humans. Many things work with algorithms today and it would be logical to think that they should bring about order. However, in this book, the author explains why it doesn’t bring order but rather vicious cycles and chaos.

The Industries of the Future (Alec Ross) – Alec Ross explores and explains the fields that will shape the future of economics. New job fields will be established as technology and the Internet expand. He looks at cybercrime, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, big data, and much more. He also looks at how we will adjust to these changes in the future and what security measures we will have to take to protect our children and our personal information.

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape Our Future (Kevin Kelly) – Kevin Kelly discusses the changes that we can expect in the coming decades. Many of the technological trends and changes that we expect have already been put into motion. He shares his thoughts and ideas on what the future of technology holds and how our lives will change with these trends.

These books will be enjoyed by tech junkies and non-tech junkies alike. When it comes to technology, we are all influenced and we all need to know what is going on. So, join the future and get these books to expand your mind and understanding of what the future may hold.


4 Best Home DIY and Improvement Books of 2017 for Idle Hands

 

A home is a place to express yourself and feel comfortable. This may often mean that you need to or want to make some changes around your home. These changes can be big or small and can require full renovations or simple DIY curtain-making. No matter what the size or project, you probably need a few ideas and guidance for getting started. I have quite an extensive collection of home and garden DIY books, so I want to share some of my favourites with you.

DIY Decorating on a Budget by Tiffany Brook

If you want to create your dream home, but have to do so on a budget, you need this book. It offers 19 simple and doable projects that will not break the bank or your spirit. Tiffany Brook hits the nail on the head with this one and you are sure to have some fun with her ideas.

101 Saturday Morning Projects by The Family Handyman

You will get a tonne of ideas from this fantastic book. None of the projects featured in this book will take you longer than 4 hours. It is perfect for weekend projects or when you get bored. You can revamp your whole home bit by bit by doing one of these projects every weekend.

Do It Yourself by Thomas Barnthaler

This book features 50 projects by designers and artists. This means that these guys know what they are talking about. The book offers a large variety of ideas on lighting, furniture, painting, etc. This is a great book to have on your shelf if you like DIY and weekend projects.

DIY Hacks Household by Patricia Benson

Everything you need to know about cleaning and organising your home you will find in this book. Patricia Benson offers helpful and surprising hacks and tips to make keeping your home organised a picnic.

These 4 books are some of my top favourites. If I had to share them all, you will be reading for the next 2 days. So, start with these and we will feature a few more favourites soon.