You Have the Right to Remain Innocent by James Duane

You Have the Right to Remain Innocent by James Duane is a 154-page nonfiction book/set of essays scheduled for publication by Little A in September 2016. I received the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

You Have the Right to Remain Innocent coverThroughout the book, James Duane explores why someone–especially someone innocent–should never talk to the police (and instead should repeat “I want a lawyer”). The content of the book is a bit dry–he uses case histories of people who have been wrongfully convicted or have given false confessions. But Duane livens up the content with some excerpts from his lecture, “Don’t Talk to Police.” More

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Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer is 432-page speculative fiction novel, published by Tor in May of 2016. I received the book from NetGalley for review.

Too Like the LightningI requested this novel from NetGalley because I loved the cover and the title font. So yes, I judge books by their covers. Luckily, I wasn’t burned–Too Like the Lightning turned out to be a slow-burning, thought-provoking story.

The beginning of the novel crawls a bit since the narrator, Mycroft Canner, is actually a historian from 2454 who sets up the reader for a history that takes place in the reader’s past (see the first line of the book below). It took a few chapters to get used to Mycroft’s manner of speaking and story telling–there are plenty of “thee”s and “thou”s in the book, thanks to the future’s use of language (they’re also partial to using Latin). The payoff for this slow build is absolutely worth it. More

Sue’s Fingerprint by Andrew D. Carlson

Sue’s Fingerprint is a 236 page science fiction book by Andrew D. Carlson. I received this newly edited and re-released book from Andrew to review in honor of his beginning to write the third book in the Sue trilogy (the second is called Sue’s Vision, the third has no title to my knowledge). I got the choice of ebook or physical book, so of course I chose physical.

The plot focuses on the GOO. Cases of a strange gooey substance behaving oddly appear in many states across the U.S. have come to the attention of the government. When coming into contact with animals, as tested with mice in labs, the goo clones animals to produce two fully functioning animals. This baffles scientists and also the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Ted, a man who works for the DHS, communicates between the scientists and his higher-ups. Everyone involved is concerned with what will happen if (and when) the goo comes into contact with humans. This is the fundamental issue behind Sue’s Fingerprint.

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