Book Review: Semiosis, Sue Burke

Book Review: Semiosis, Sue Burke Science Fiction: Semiosis, Sue Burke Semiosis is a beautifully written, deeply thoughtful book tracking several generations of humans colonizing a new planet. Sue Burke has created a richly imagined world full of intriguing characters trying to figure out how to live together with each other and with the dominant sentient […]

Book Review: Heart Berries, Terese Marie Mailhot

Book Review: Heart Berries, Terese Marie Mailhot Memoir: Heart Berries, Terese Marie Mailhot Terese Marie Mailhot is many things. A writer. A member of a First Nation who grew up on a reservation. A survivor of sexual abuse. A single parent. A foster child. Someone who has lived with mental illness, including hospitalization, pharmacological treatments, and therapy. […]

Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction, Britt Wray

Book Review: Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction, Britt Wray Science: Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction, Britt Wray Several months prior to starting Scintilla.Info, I encountered a brilliant book exploring the possibilities of restoring extinct species. When my wife proposed and began Scintilla, I […]

Booklist: Black History Month February 2019

Celebrate Black History Month February 2019 African American and other black authors on Scintilla from April, 2018-February, 2019   Book Review: An Unkindness of Ghosts, Rivers Solomon   Book Series Review: Binti, Nnedi Okorafor        Book Review: Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse   (NOTE: Rebecca Roanhorse primarily identifies as Native American, but she does […]

Book Review: Heads of the Colored People, Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Book Review: Heads of the Colored People, Nafissa Thompson-Spires Story Collection: Heads of the Colored People, Nafissa Thompson-Spires Heads of the Colored People is a powerful collection of short stories exploring concepts of identity, class, race, body-image, and love among African Americans. Sometimes funny, sometimes gut-wrenching, always provocative, Nafissa Thompson-Spires uses powerful and piercing language […]

Book Review: Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor

Book Review: Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor Fantasy: Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor   “My name is Sunny Nwazue and I confuse people.”   That may be one of the best lines I’ll ever read introducing a character. Sunny is many things. An American girl growing up in Nigeria, the daughter of two Igbo parents. An albino. And as […]

Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi

Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi   Fantasy: Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi Zelie’s mother was killed because she had magic. Many people were killed during The Raid, when magic disappeared from the world and those who once had used it were targeted by the king. Since that fateful night all those […]

Book Review: Invisible,  Stephen L. Carter

Book Review: Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster,  Stephen L. Carter Nonfiction History/Biography: Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster,  Stephen L. Carter Stephen L. Carter is a novelist and a law professor at Yale. That […]