Book Review: Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, Adam Frank

Book Review: Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, Adam Frank   Nonfiction: Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, Adam Frank   Light of the Stars could possibly be described as “speculative science.” I don’t know whether that’s a legitimate literary category, but it […]

The Consuming Fire, John Scalzi

Book Review: The Consuming Fire, John Scalzi The Interdependency, Book 2 Fiction: Consuming Fire, John Scalzi Emperox Grayland II is in deep. Most believe she is in over her head. She is the unexpected, unprepared ruler of the Interdependency, a series of worlds held together by their mutual need for each other and their connection through […]

Book Review: Heroine’s Journey, Sarah Kuhn

Book Review: Heroine’s Journey, Sarah Kuhn Book Review: Heroine’s Journey, Sarah Kuhn Book 3 of the Heroine Complex series   Bea Tanaka is not just the little sister of superheroine Evie Tanaka. She has super powers of her own: the ability to project emotions onto others and the ability to channel intense anger into a “sonic scream” […]

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng Fiction: Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng I went into Little Fires Everywhere blind. I had read no reviews. I had seen no summaries. I knew it was highly regarded: book of the year according to several sources, NY Times bestseller. Nothing, though, could have prepared me for just how good […]

Book Review: How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics, Eugenia Cheng

Book Review: How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics, Eugenia Cheng Nonfiction: How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics, Eugenia Cheng I like to challenge myself in my reading. How to Bake Pi definitely challenges me. Eugenia Cheng is a woman of extraordinary talents. Scientist in Residence […]

Book Review: Trigger Warning: Short Fiction and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman

Book Review: Trigger Warning: Short Fiction and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman Fiction: Trigger Warning: Short Fiction and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman has won many literary awards, including the Newberry, Carnegie, Hugo, and Nebula. He is known for his comics, his novels, his screenplays, and his short fiction. When it comes to putting pen to paper (or more […]

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 Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy, Paige Williams

Book Review: The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy, Paige Williams Nonfiction: The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy, Paige Williams Eric Prokopi loves fossils. Even as a child he was taken with hunting fossils. After graduating from college, he created a business buying and selling fossils. […]