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INTO THE DARK: ALL THAT WE DESTROY, A No Spoiler Review

By Susi Jensen | October 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

ALL THAT WE DESTROY is a Hulu original written by Sean Keller and Jim Agnew, directed by Chelsea Stardust. The series, INTO THE DARK, is a Hulu concept, a horror anthology series in the vein of The Twilight Zone, though each production is as long as a feature film. In the show’s first season, Hulu…

SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN, A No Spoiler Review

By Susi Jensen | October 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN, written by Gene Luen Yang and drawn by Gurihiru was released exactly one week ago, Wednesday the 16th of October and understandably, it is moving off the shelves fast. I highly recommend this first installment in the three part series. I rate this series PG and would encourage parents to read…

ALMOST HUMAN, A No Spoiler Review

By Susi Jensen | October 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

So…I’m on an airplane and thinking it’s my chance to watch something new. Yay! I turn on my personal tele, flip through the film and television options. I see a TV series called ALMOST HUMAN. It looks scifi enough and I see JJ Abrams’ name attached to it. I decide to try an episode. I…

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2019. Worthy of a Post. Worthy of Purchase.

By Susi Jensen | October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Good friend, LaShawn Wanak, wrote a lyrical, dreamy story that was picked up for the BEST OF anthology (see link below…it was first featured in APEX magazine). Writes editor John Joseph Adams…”The BEST AMERICAN SERIES is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works…

KINDRED, A No Spoiler Review

By Susi Jensen | October 1, 2019 | 1 Comment

KINDRED, perhaps the most admired novel written by the late, great Octavia Butler is a nearly perfect novel. I rate this novel PG-13 for the violence that is shown, though not celebrated, against black slaves. I plan to write a separate post for educators after this general review of the novel. Short Review…3 Reasons to…

Fighting Screen Addiction and Getting Your Teen to Read

By Susi Jensen | August 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s August, which means we’re almost done with summer, but it is not too late to steer your teen away from screens and toward reading. I have a soft heart for parents of teens. I have two kids and know well the battle parents wage relentlessly to engage their teens with anything other than their…

10 Reasons You Want to Watch BLADE RUNNER, The Original

By Susi Jensen | July 22, 2019 | 2 Comments

I rewatched BLADE RUNNER last night in a friend’s home-theater with a group of folks in their 20s and 30s. For some, it was their first time viewing the film. I consider myself one of the lucky ones to have seen the original BLADE RUNNER on the big screen during its first weekend release. I…

Three Gripping Summer Reads For Teens

By Susi Jensen | June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

The List…Quick and Clean. FEED, by MT Anderson. This is still one of my favorite YA books. Anderson writes what I think is one of the best first lines in YA literature. We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck. Click here to read my review of the novel. It…

BINTI, A Review Without Spoilers

By Susi Jensen | June 7, 2019 | 1 Comment

BINTI, by Nnedi Okorafor, is a novella about a young woman from a desert tribe on Earth. Her people are called the Himba people and they make a vital piece of technology on Earth called an astrolabe. Binti is the name of the main character. The story, told in first person, begins with Binti climbing…

Writing Dynamic Non-Humanoid Aliens, Part 4 of 4

By Susi Jensen | May 22, 2019 | 3 Comments

The Hive Brain Alien (Spoilers Galore) Writing non-humanoid aliens who don’t speak a human language is no easy task. This post is preceded by three others. If you want the earlier insights, link to to Part 1,  Part 2, and Part 3. It occurs to me that I ought to define dynamic. That word is in…

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