Book Review: Clade, James Bradley

Book Review: Clade, James Bradley Fiction: Clade, James Bradley Several months ago I was introduced to the term “Cli-Fi.” This breezy abbreviation refers to a subgenre of speculative fiction that tells stories of the world after climate change. BookRiot included several recommended titles in their article about Cli-Fi, several of which we have reviewed on Scintilla.   […]

Book Review: The Fifth to Die, J.D. Barker

Book Review: The Fifth to Die, J.D. Barker Fiction Mystery/Thriller: The Fifth to Die, J.D. Barker   He’s ba-a-ack!   Considering the cover of the book says this is a “4MK Thriller,” I’m not giving too much away by saying that The Fifth to Die, J.D. Barker’s sequel to The Fourth Monkey, features the return […]

Book Review: The Fourth Monkey: J.D. Barker

Book Review: The Fourth Monkey, J.D. Barker Fiction Mystery/Thriller: The Fourth Monkey, J.D. Barker Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil. Most of us are familiar with the three monkeys and their advice, often depicted with actual images of monkeys covering eyes, ears, and mouth. J.D. Barker’s book tells us about The Fourth Monkey: do […]

Book Review: Odds Against Tomorrow, Nathaniel Rich

Book Review: Odds Against Tomorrow, Nathaniel Rich Dystopian Fiction: Odds Against Tomorrow, Nathaniel Rich Mitchell Zukor lives in a phobopolis. A city of fear. Not an actual city; he has a Manhattan apartment and works in the Empire State Building for a company named FutureWorld. But his job mirrors his interior life. Zukor is a mathematician, focused […]

Book Review: The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty

Book Review: The City of Brass, S. A. Chakraborty   Fantasy: The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty The City of Brass is as lush a story as you will find in modern fantasy. S.A. Chakraborty has somehow managed to create a world that is as magical as Arabian Nights with characters that relate to a very […]

Book Review: Forsaken, J.D. Barker

Book Review: Forsaken: Book One, The Shadow Cove Saga, J.D. Barker Fiction Horror: Forsaken: Book One, The Shadow Cove Saga, J.D. Barker   Indie published in 2014, J.D. Barker’s debut novel Forsaken exploded onto the literary stage. Nominated for the Bram Stoker award for best new novelist, Barker was invited by Stoker’s family to cowrite a prequel […]

Book Review: Orleans, Sherri L. Smith

Book Review: Orleans, Sherri L. Smith Science Fiction: Orleans, Sherri L. Smith Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were only the beginning. Sea levels rose, hurricanes came with increasing force and frequency, and by the mid-2020s New Orleans and most of the south had been abandoned. Then came the plague, Delta Fever, which forced the remainder of the United […]

Book Review: No One Is Coming to Save Us, Stephanie Powell Watts

Book Review: No One Is Coming to Save Us, Stephanie Powell Watts   Fiction: No One Is Coming to Save Us, Stephanie Powell Watts Ava wants a child. Desperately. Achingly. Approaching her late 30s, married for many years to Henry, all she can think about is how much she wants to become a mother. Sylvia, Ava’s mother, […]