Thursday, February 8, 2018

Daniel Jose Older / Shadowshaper / Fantastic YA Fantasy / New Magic

Daniel Jose Older rocks
With his use of language
Total cultural immersion

Shadowshaper will engage you
A young ‎Puerto Rican woman
Always painting something
Proud of her heritage
Proud of her wild hair
No, you can't

Wondrous build of a magic system
A protagonist to care about
Someone you want to spend time with

Lots and lots of praise
A Top Ten YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
A Top Ten ALA Quick Pick
A Kirkus Prize Finalist
An Andre Award Nominee
A New York Times Notable Children's Book
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Annalee Newitz / Autonomous / Amazing New Thinking / Delightful Writing

Annalee Newitz co-founded io9.
Her first novel is amazing
Autonomous re-thinks everything

AI robots are expensive to produce
Humans, not so much

Robots indentured to humans
Humans indentured to Robots
It gets even messier

Underlying current of the story?
Drug patents
Who can and can't afford meds
Who can hack patented meds
Produce them cheap for the poor

Free thinking hackers
Human and not
Hard working law personnel
Human and not

Who falls in love with who
Ya never know

All brilliantly written by an edgy Annalee
Attention holder, start to finish