To the Future! (The Time Machine – A Book Review)

The Time Machine
Author: H.G. Wells
Published: 1895

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A brilliant time traveler holds a dinner to tell his tale of a harrowing journey he just returned from. He tells his guests of the people he met and the places he saw with incredible detail when he visited the year 802, 701.

I think that at the time none of us quite believed in the Time Machine. (p. 11)

The time traveler describes those he meets as ‘exquisite creatures’ of ‘futurity’. He goes on to describe their elfin and china-like features and how innocent and delightful they are. Honestly, I kept thinking about Minions since the people of this community that the time traveler landed in all look alike.

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Soon enough the time traveler comes to miss an important part to his machine that prevents him from getting home. More so, Morlocks, who I pictured to be a creepy rendition of skeletal ghost-like creepies, dwell in the tunnels beneath the oasis that is right where London used to be. While trying to get home, the time traveler tries to protect his new friends.

Author of War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells created an entire futuristic world of complete awe. His attention to detail is phenomenal and this tale is all being told in the past tense of having happened already. That’s what really made me like this so much. The point of view was unlike anything I’ve read so far. This classic Sci-Fi piece is an adventure and a unique and beautiful look into the future.

 

Quotables:

“We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity, an, it seemed to me, that here was that hateful grindstone broken at last!” (p. 29)

“Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life.  thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future. I thought of the great precessional cycle that the pole of the eart describes.” (p. 54)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Science Fiction/Double Feature from The Rocky Horror Picture Show….It just came on and I pressed repeat.

Yoo-hoo and a Woo-hoo, It’s Summertime! (Summer book-list)

Yep, you guessed it. Another book list, my bookworms.

During my time at my local bookstore (I’m just as shocked as you that they still exist, but very glad they do) I’ve seen several different books for the those lounge around Summer reads. So, with a mixture of picks from myself, friends and my regular customers, I’ve made a list. Some of these are currently popular while others are just timeless. From YA to Fiction to Romance and more, I present a list.

 

The Stieg Larsson Trilogy aka The Millennium Series
Published: 2012-
Author: Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

And I know this breaks the trilogy rule…

  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web

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And apparently, there will two more on the way, one of which is coming out this year according to TIME. Keep an eye out!

 

IT
Published: 1986
Author: Stephen King

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It’s become more popular in the last year or so and with the remake of the movie coming out this year, people are grabbing their copies fast. Me? I don’t do clowns. No, thank you.

 

Fifty Shades Trilogy
Published: 2011-2012
Author: E.L. James
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • Fifty Shades Freed

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Not going to lie. I read the series in college. I can’t say I enjoy the movies completely though. My feelings about this series are complicated.

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy or as I call it, The Lara Jean Trilogy
Published: 2014-2017
Author: Jenny Han
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • S. I Still Love You
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean just came out this month. This trilogy is so lighthearted and really delves into the teenage heart with first loves and the difficulties of high school. I also recommend The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by her.

 

I Know What You Did Last Summer
Published: 1973
Author: Lois Duncan

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If you don’t recall, this was adapted to film in 1997 starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. This is definitely for those who like suspense and horror.

 

Percy Jackson Series
Published: 2005-2009
Author: Rick Riordan
  • The Lightning Thief
  • The Sea of Monsters
  • The Titan’s Curse
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • The Last Olympian

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An adventure following two kids of Greek Gods and a satyr out to save the world from the rise of Kronos. It’s lot of fun even for us older kids. And I can’t wait to read the Apollo Trials.

Confessions: The Murder of an Angel
Published: 2015
Author: James Patterson

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A part of the Confessions series.

 

Guardians Trilogy
Published: 2015-2016
Author: Nora Roberts
  • Stars of Fortune
  • Bay of Sighs
  • Island of Glass

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Mermaids. Magic. Stars. Who doesn’t love mermaids? Follow the journey of six guardians who search for stars and so much more.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale
Published: 1985
Author: Margaret Atwood

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Just been re-released since it’s become a series on Hulu.

 

The Princess Diarist
Published: 2016
Author: Carrie Fisher

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The late princess of Star Wars herself drops secrets and recounts her time during the famous Sci-Fi trilogy.

 

The Raina Telgemeier Set
Published: 2010-2016
Author: Raina Telgemeier
  • Sisters
  • Smile
  • Drama
  • Ghosts

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Beautiful graphic novels that handle tough yet typical situations that middle -schoolers can understand and in some cases relate to.

 

1984
Published: 1950
Author: George Orwell

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Dystopian novel about the nightmarish & negative future. This book has been sold off the shelves and even leaped to the top of the Amazon bestseller’s list in this past year. *cough* I wonder why…*cough*

 

Freeks
Published: 2017
Author Amanda Hocking

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Looking to go to go to the travelling carnival? You don’t even need to leave your couch or cozy blanket now.

 

The Cabin
Published: 2016
Author: Natasha Preston

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The Wattpad author skyrocketed with The Cellar. A group of teens go to a cabin to party, but it end up in horror when two of them turn up dead.

 

The Hunger Games trilogy
Published: 2008-2010
Author: Suzanne Collins
  • The Hunger Games
  • Catching Fire
  • Mockingjay

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The Girl on Fire, Katniss Everdeen, fights for her sister and ends up fighting for the freedom of everyone.

 

The Identicals
Published: 2017
Author: Elin Hilderbrand

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It will be released next month. Others of hers that are out are: Here’s to Us, The Rumor, and Beautiful Day.

 

Outlander Series
Published: 1991-
Author: Diana Gabaldon
  • Outlander
  • Dragonfly in Amber
  • Voyager
  • Drums of Autumn
  • The Fiery Cross
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  • An Echo in the Bone
  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood

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Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone will be the ninth book in the series and will be released later this year, but for now, get lost in this historical, time-twisting romance if you haven’t already.

 

Into The Water
Published: 2017
Author: Paula Hawkins

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The same author who brought you The Girl on the Train. Follow yet another story full of twists and turns.

 

Beach Town
Published: 2015
Author: Mary Kay Andrews

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Tiny town, Cypress Key becomes the epicenter of drama and possibly true love for Greer Hennessy?

 

Midnight, Texas Trilogy
Published: 2014-2016
Author: Charlaine Harris
  • Midnight Crossroad
  • Day Shift
  • Night Shift

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Jump back into Harris’s world of the supernatural in the small town of Midnight where nothing is what it seems if you stick around instead of pass right on through. If you loved Sookie Stackhouse then definitely have a read.

 

LUX
Published: 2011-2015
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Obsidian
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Origin
  • Opposition
  • Oblivion– Which is a spin-off novel of Obsidian

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For those who love romance and Sci-Fi and the occasional pop cultural reference.

Throne of Glass Series
Published: 2012-
Author: Sarah J. Maas
  • Throne of Glass
  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  • Queen of Shadows
  • Empire of Storms
  • Tower of Dawn

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Number seven will be released sometime in 2018. Follow Celaena Sardothien as she fights to be the royal assassin to Prince Dorian and discover that this kingdom to which she serves champion has many deadly secrets.

 

Blood and Chocolate
Published: 1999
Author: Annette Curtis Klause

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A YA novel about a young female werewolf who moves to Maryland after tragedy and falls in love with a regular boy or as her family like to call him, a meat boy.

 

A Dirty Job & Secondhand Souls
Published: 2006 & 2015
Author: Christopher Moore

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A fun and hilarious story about the father of a seven year old girl who has two hellhounds and is known as the Big Death. San Francisco has its hands full with this one.

 

And there you have it. Have a Summer read that’s not on the list? Share and I’ll put it on mine!

 

More to come soon…

K.

 

P.S. Today’s song? Boys of Summer by The Ataris.

The Classic Hybrid

Classic Literature is a staple in every bookworm’s life. While they tell a beautiful story of either love, tragedy, loss of sanity or death (or all of the above), they also show underlying themes that relate to the real world—the wish to turn back time, the destruction through paranoia, and the obliteration of families. And, let’s not forget, self-discovery. That’s a big one.

And now, there are versions of classics that have been morphed into something brand new (well not totally new, but you understand what I’m getting at) by including the infamous supernatural genre, creating a hybrid of sorts. I believe that the addition of zombies or vampires in a classic piece doesn’t entirely destroy the book, but instead tries introducing and involving new generations that are infatuated with the supernatural genre to them.

This new hybrid isn’t just for introducing future bookworms to classic literature though. Nope. Having read both The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim, I can say that there’s also a joy in having more fun to a classic novel, which is the primary reason I’m writing this entry (I enjoy werewolves, ghosts, witches and vampires, remember?). These types of books are fantastic for hooking a classic reader or a supernatural reader.

Down below are a list of ten classic books that while still spin the beautiful yet tragic stories of beloved classics they also give a dose of something wicked:

 

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Author: Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith

Based off of the Jane Austen novel, the Bennet sisters have more to be concerned about than just experiencing the pressure of marriage, love, and going to balls. Zombies are afoot and these women take to the battlefield of the undead. A film came out based on the novel in 2016.

 

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim

Author: Mark Twain, W. Bill Czolgosz

A strange, mutant type of tuberculosis comes to nineteenth century America and it’s bringing its victims back to life. Huck Finn and his best, undead friend, Jim, go on the run when his abusive father comes home. Then, the virus mutates again…

 

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Android Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy, Ben H. Winters

Taking place in a dystopian society, this tale of true love and jealousy, is surrounded by AI in a steampunk world. Anna Karenina, Alexei Vronsky, Konstantin Levin and Kitty Shcherbatskaya try to find love as their high tech, high society lifestyle is threatened. Can they salvage it?

 

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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Author: Jane Austen, Ben H. Winters

You’re not going to find mermaids in here. If that’s what you’re seeking in this twisted classic novel then turn back. There are however octopi, giant lobsters and even two headed serpents among this retelling of the Dashwood sisters’ journey to find true love.

 

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The Meowmorphasis,

Author: Franz Kafka, Coleridge Cook

Why morph into a startling, crunchy beetle when you can morph into a cute, fluffy kitten? That’s exactly what happened to Gregor Samsa one day when he wakes up late for work.

 

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Author: Ian Doescher

It’s Star Wars. That automatically makes it a classic, not to mention it’s Shakespeare rendition. Doesn’t that make it a double classic?

 

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Jane Slayre

Author: Charlotte Bronte, Sherri Browning Erwin

Enter Jane Slayre, a demon-slaying orphan. Enter Mr. Rochester, the master of the estate that she suddenly inherits. Both have a few secrets, including being raised by vampyre and a werewolf in the attic, but their love isn’t one of them. Will they get their happy ending?

 

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Grave Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens, Sherri Erwin

Blooming, wolfy, Pip fights alongside zombies in this classic twist, until suddenly he is mysteriously shipped off to a school for the best werewolves and away from his beloved Estella which may be a good thing because she has a couple secrets of her own.

 

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The Vampire Count of Monte Cristo

Author: Alexandre Dumas, Mathew Baugh

This story twists and turns as Edmond Dantes is falsely imprisoned and taken away from his fiancée, the lovely Mercedes. While imprisoned, Edmond makes a dark pact with dark magic be set free? The pact? He died and came back a vampire.

 

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Little Vampire Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott, Lynn Massina

The March sisters are dealing with a lot more than just sisterly squabbling in this book. They’re also avoiding hunters that threaten their immortal existence.

These can be found at Amazon.com, Quirk Book and Barnes and Noble

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. One day, I hope that one comes out about Moby Dick, the demonically possessed whale.