Drawing Battle Lines | Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King BOOK TALK

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Illustration by Vincent Chong

 

In the quest for the Dark Tower, the gunslingers are drawn into a conflict where a town is being terrorized by wolves from the land of Thunderclap. Our heroes are reminded of the humanity they are fighting for and the terror that lies at the end of their journey. Spoilers ahead.

Dreams of a Better World – The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin BOOK TALK

 

 

Seriously good fantasy fiction ahead, light spoilers included.

The end of the Earth is happening, again, and maybe for the final time. Some humans, who are more than human, are realizing they may have the power to change their planet’s fate, but it is an odyssey filled with pain and uncertainty. Ancient truths from dead civilizations are starting to surface and a war waged for eons may finally be nearing its end.

Gritty Good Fun | Star Wars: Aftermath Life Debt by Chuck Wendig BOOK TALK

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Does it keep with the Star Wars spirit? Yes. Is it Empire Strikes Back good? No, but it could have been.

Han is still a scoundrel, the new crew earns their keep, and the intrigue with the empire continues. But there are missed opportunities in the liberation of Kashyyyk, Chewie’s home planet and one of the best parts of Star Wars lore.

Last Humans Survive Outerspace and Each Other | Seveneves by Neal Stephenson BOOK TALK

REIGN Book Talks – We highlight our book reads and share what made us fans of the story. (aka spoiler cliffnotes)

In Seveneves, Stephenson addresses how to keep a planet calm when the end is near (he alludes to lots of couplings), he immerses us in the technical challenges of space flight (orbital mechanics are geeky cool), and he creates major conflict as well as haunting scenes of daring and loss.

Spoilers ahead.