Blog Update for October 2017

CCLaP Links Not Working? Since 2012 I have reviewed books for the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP). Recently CCLaP has moved its website to a new WordPress platform. If you haven’t already, you should check out the New Look. Unfortunately, during the transition the old links couldn’t be transferred over. What does this mean? I will have to change the links for every book review and related post. This will be a long-term summer project on my end. I ask for your patience and understanding in this matter. In the mean time I have included a new CCLaP … Continue reading Blog Update for October 2017

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On Being Human Redux: Killswitch (Cassandra Kresnov, Book Three), by Joel Shepherd

An essay on the science fiction novel “Killswitch” by Joel Shepherd and what it means to be human. Continue reading On Being Human Redux: Killswitch (Cassandra Kresnov, Book Three), by Joel Shepherd

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On Being Human Redux: Frankenstein Underground, by Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck

When I wrote “On Being Human,” I wrote an essay on Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy.” “Frankenstein Underground” expands on Mignola’s pulpy universe, giving us a fun graphic novel about Frankenstein’s monster. Continue reading On Being Human Redux: Frankenstein Underground, by Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck

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On Being Human Redux: Notes on “Orphan Black”

An occasional series that is a continuation of my essay anthology, On Being Human: critical looks at books and movies that examine the question of humanity. (Buy the limited edition hardcover, Kindle version, or download it for free at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography.) Via Orphan Black: Season 3 will be premiering on April 18, 2015 on BBC America. Below are a series of notes on Seasons 1 and 2. Due to the nature of these essays, they contain many spoilers, major and minor. If you haven’t seen the series, I would suggest watching it before reading these … Continue reading On Being Human Redux: Notes on “Orphan Black”

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On Being Human Redux: Breakaway (Cassandra Kresnov, Book Two), by Joel Shepherd

Continuing with this week’s theme, I’ll be looking at Breakaway (Cassandra Kresnov, Book Two). The book follows fast on the heels of Crossover, where we are introduced Cassandra Kresnov, an artificial human and former super-soldier of The League. Continue reading On Being Human Redux: Breakaway (Cassandra Kresnov, Book Two), by Joel Shepherd

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On Being Human Redux: Crossover (Cassandra Kresnov, Book One), by Joel Shepherd

I revisit the question, “What does it mean to be human?” with On Being Human Redux, looking at Joel Shepherd’s cerebral actioner, “Crossover,” introducing us to synethetic human Cassandra Kresnov. Continue reading On Being Human Redux: Crossover (Cassandra Kresnov, Book One), by Joel Shepherd

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