Recommendation: Must Read
The Stone Sky, the final book in the The Broken Earth trilogy is a satisfying conclusion to the series, but not a feel good one. The underlying feeling of despair and fatalism remains. While the ending was positive, it was still dark and bitter. All of the story threads are neatly wrapped up, this is far from a fairy tale ending. It has a feeling of, “We passed this hurdle, but the race isn’t over.”
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5/5 Stars: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin is a wonderful, dark view of a world on the brink of collapse. She brings a unique perspective to the fantasy genre that you won’t find in any other author. While the book at the beginning is confusing and there are lots of pieces that you don’t necessarily understand, The Fifth Season tells a dark story of a desperate mother and desperate world on the brink of collapse–and it doesn’t pull any punches.
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City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
City of Miracles is everything I’ve come to expect from Robert Jackson Bennett–dark, entertaining, moving and altogether human in a way that most fantasy writing never achieves. A must-read unique story in a genre often defined by dogmatic tropes. I can’t wait for Bennett’s next project.
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Alright, so I’m a bit behind on this one – but last week Ars Technica featured entitled “Sociologists Invade World of Warcraft, see Humanity’s Future.” The post is a bit sparse on details, but features a series of blurbs about the various academic gaming literature currently available. I’ll be adding the books to the ‘Books’ page as I get it up and running.
Ars also gives a shout out to the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research in the article. It’s a good source of general information, most of it around SecondLife, but there are occasionally some other tidbits of academia that expand beyond it. It hits my gReader, so I think it’s worth a looksee.
Other than that, I’m not going to retype the article for you — click on over to Ars to check it out.