Review: Heart of Granite by James Barclay

Heart of Granite by James Barclay is the first book in the Blood & Fire series. It’s more sci fi than I thought it would be, (as in…completely) but that doesn’t throw me off as much as it would have years ago.

Plot:

War has torn the world apart, and there are no signs that the war is going to end anytime soon. Max Halloran is a hunter-killer drake pilot of the behemoth Heart of Granite, and if you were to ask the man himself, the best of the best. He is a part of Inferno-X, and his glamorous life consists mostly of getting praise, piloting his drake Martha, fighting the enemy, and sleeping with his girlfriend. He’s living the dream and partying hard, knowing that a drake pilot’s life tends to be brief. Either you die on the wing, or you Fall. But then Max hears something he shouldn’t, something that turns his world upside down. And he refuses to let it go.

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Short essay – Cory Doctorow

I decided to publish my short essays on the readings from the Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World course syllabus. The course started on the 1st of June and finished on the 14th of August. The essays were supposed to be around 270-320 words a piece. Today, I publish the essay that I wrote after reading Cory Doctorows Little Brother. This is the last essay of the course.

* These are my views and interpretations only

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Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother gives a frightening view of one of the possible futures of the U.S.A. and the world. Continue reading

Short essay – Ursula K. Le Guin

I decided to publish my short essays on the readings from the Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World course syllabus. The course started on the 1st of June and finished on the 14th of August. The essays were supposed to be around 270-320 words a piece. Today, I publish the essay that I wrote after reading Ursula K. Le Guin‘s The Left Hand of Darkness.

* These are my views and interpretations only

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It’s no wonder that Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness is cited having a very strong impact on the science fiction genre. It was Le Guin’s chance to truly explore the idea of a sexless and genderless society, something that had never been done like that before. Continue reading

Short essay – Ray Bradbury

I decided to publish my short essays on the readings from the Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World course syllabus. The course started on the 1st of June and finished on the 14th of August. The essays were supposed to be around 270-320 words a piece. Today, I publish the essay that I wrote after reading Ray Bradbury‘s The Martian Chronicles.

* These are my views and interpretations only

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If there’s one thing that became clear after finishing Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, it’s that we humans should stay far, far away from Mars. And not just because it’s a dangerous place for humans to be (as evidenced by the first few rocket landings and the fates that befell those crews), but mostly because humans would ruin Mars. Continue reading

Short essay – Edgar Rice Burroughs & Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I decided to publish my short essays on the readings from the Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World course syllabus. The course started on the 1st of June and finished on the 14th of August. The essays were supposed to be around 270-320 words a piece. Today, I publish the essay that I wrote after reading Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ A Princess of Mars and Charlotte Perkins Gilman‘s Herland.

* These are my views and interpretations only

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A Princess of Mars felt quite like the usual story of a Princess being saved by a ‘white knight’ – in this case the narrator John Carter himself – and Herland was more to my liking. Though both stories are narrated by men, and both men try to explain their surroundings to their audience, the similarities end there. Continue reading

Short essay – H.G. Wells

I decided to publish my short essays on the readings from the Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World course syllabus. The course started on the 1st of June and finished on the 14th of August. The essays were supposed to be around 270-320 words a piece. Today, I publish the essay that I wrote after reading H.G. WellsThe Island of Dr. Moreau, The Star, The Invisible Man and The Country of the Blind.

* These are my views and interpretations only

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As I read The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man and The Star by H.G. Wells, I was struck by the similarity of those works to the chuanqi. Continue reading