Travel Reads: 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die

Are you looking for a definitive list of the best of the best science fiction films? This small, illustrated tome claims to be just what you’re looking for. Stats Title: 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die Editor: Steven Jay Schneider Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: Apple Press (October 1, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: […]

Travel Reads: Doctor Who: The American Adventures

Written for readers aged 9-12, this collection of new adventures set in the United States pits the 12th doctor against aliens, robots and alien technology attempting to muck up history. Stats: Title: Doctor Who: The American Adventures Author: Justin Richards Age Range: 9-12 years Grade Level: 4-7 Hardcover: 192 pages Publisher: Penguin Group (UK) (October […]

Travel Reads: The End of the World

This collection of apocalyptic tales, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, features 19 stories originally published between 1944 and 2007. Summary The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse gathers a wide variety of perspectives on how the world will end, from a bang to a whimper and everything in between. Authors of these tales […]

Travel Reads: Visions of Tomorrow

Can science fiction stories predict the future? With Visions of Tomorrow: Science Fiction Predictions That Came True, editors Thomas A. Easton and Judith K. Dial gathered tales by such science fiction luminaries as H.G. Wells, Charles Sheffield, Gregory Benford and Murray Leinster that all have one thing in common … they (in some way or […]

Travel Reads: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zombies

This basic guide to all things zombie in fiction, film and other media, is part of the Complete Idiot’s Guide series of books. It is a thin, easy-to-read volume written by the same person who brought you The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Werewolves and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Paranormal – Nathan Robert Brown. […]

Travel Reads: The Thin Executioner

Inspired by Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Darren Shan‘s The Thin Executioner takes you on a journey that is part mythological quest and part coming of age story. Summary When young Jebel Rum feels humiliated by his father, the revered executioner of Wadi, he impulsively decides to go on a quest to the […]

Travel Reads: Procession of the Dead

Bestselling young adult novelist Darren Shan makes his first foray into adult fiction with an urban fantasy trilogy that begins with Procession of the Dead. For me, this novel felt like a cross between an old style gangster story (you half expect James Cagney or Edward G. Robinson to appear around the corner) and a […]

Travel Reads: Star Trek Reader’s Reference to the Novels: 1990-1991

First, let me be totally honest … I did not read this book from cover to cover. Who would? It would be like reading a volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica from cover to cover. Who does that? Ultimately this isn’t really a “travel read” but it is a very good, well-researched reference work on the […]

Travel Reads: Changeless

The second book of Gail Carriger‘s The Parasol Protectorate trilogy is a delightful supernatural steam punk novel with a sharp British wit. Summary As Changeless opens, Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarbotti, has been Lady Woolsey for about three months. Her werewolf husband is having a heated discussion with the castle’s ghost, waking her at some […]

Travel Reads: Ship Breaker

Set in a dystopic future where global climate change has caused rising ocean levels to flood much of the Gulf Coast of the U.S., Paolo Bacigalupi’s young adult novel Ship Breaker tells a story of choices, loyalty and the real meaning of family. Summary Nailer is a teen who works on the ship breaking yards […]