“There Used to Be Olive Trees” by Rich Larson
Review , sci-fi , short stories / February 15, 2017

“There Used to Be Olive Trees” by Rich Larson is published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction‘s January/February 2017 issue Summary: In post-apocalyptic Spain, our hero is trying to prove his town that is a prophet. And by prophet we mean being able to speak to the AI gods with the means of a rare artificial implant. To do that he escapes the town’s fortress but he faces a dangerous wilder. Another man who is trying to save his people. Remarks: Pros: + Great world-building. We see an after world with two different types of human towns and also the AIs. + Concise dialogue between the characters, resulting to an unexpected bonding. + The action, described in a great way holding you at the edge of your chair. Cons: – The story ends suddenly. Would like to see the consequences of their decisions.

Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
audio-books , books , sci-fi / January 13, 2017

Review for the “Wolf Road” by Beth Lewis Summary: In a post-apocalyptic western-like world 17 year old Elka is raised by a killer in the wilderness. She runs away when she discovers his identity, and in her way to find her parents she acquires the friendship of a wolf and another young woman.  However, the man that raised her and the enemies she created because of him will hunt her until she confronts them. The actual review: Pros:   + The voice. It’s all about the heroine’s voice. It grabs you from the beginning of the book and it doesn’t let you go until the end. It’s gritty, gravelly, but also a strong female voice that starts from a little scared girl and ends up being an intimidating huntress. + The narrator of the audiobook. Actress Amy McFadden, really gives justice to the book. Gives life to all characters and makes everything more realistic. + The world. A world similar to the American West in the 18th century. You will visit the towns, the countryside, and walk through the dangerous woods. It doesn’t have that gray color that you might have noticed in McCarthy’s the Road. (Check the book’s similar title –…

Western Heaven
sci-fi , short stories / December 28, 2016

by Chen Hongyu, translated by Andy Dudak In an Wall-E world an artist robot and its companion start their “journey to the West”. What they discover is their selves. What I like in this story is that it doesn’t end when the robots reach their goal. Another story in a away unravels after that which helps the robots to evolve in a away.