Philosophical Science Fiction: When Mother Nature Fights Back

Sneak Peek Parasitic worms burrowing into eye sockets, oceans filled with man-eating, snake-like monsters, and fields of eyes are just small proof that Mother Nature is pretty pissed off at mankind. Caught in this murderous world is Mr. David S. Sparks, but he has no idea how he landed here. Who is he? Where he is? When is he? And how is he?  Shit, WHAT IS HE? In William Aicher’s latest philosophical science fiction thriller, The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks, David attempts to recollect and piece together snippets of his memory from a seemingly normal past.  At the same time, he must fight a system overload and shutdown of his present situation. David is the most important man in the world, after all. David can barely pledge allegiance to one side. The Progressives, drone-like businessmen, kill others for their own selfish gain but promise to restore his…

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How Not To Write A Book About Race: A Book Review of A Mentor and Her Muse

A Book Review of A Mentor and Her Muse by Susan Sage When offered a free copy for review by both the publisher and independently from the author, A Mentor and Her Muse had a deceptively enticing story. Marketed as a psychological thriller with racial and sexual tensions juxtaposed with the art of writing, I wanted to know more. Unfortunately, not only did the title fall short in interest, but I also found myself sick to my stomach with the poor discussion and depictions of race. Over and over again, I questioned the stereotypes and information provided.  I had not seen many other reviewers bring up issues with the portrayal of black characters in the book—although I saw plenty of less than stellar reviews–so I kept giving A Mentor and Her Muse a chance. Towards the end, a paragraph reinforced that this book has made fatal, tragic flaws. Why I continued…

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