THE BOOK OF DUST, VOLUME ONE: LA BELLE SAUVAGE: A Long Wait to Return

Set ten years before Lyra Belacqua and her dæmon Pantalaimon set off on their journey to end destiny and the cosmic war between Lord Asriel and the Authority, La Belle Sauvage follows the son of a tavern owner named Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon Asta. Curious, kind, and helpful, Malcolm unknowingly enters deeper into a world of conspiracy and oppositional forces.

THE BOOK OF DUST, VOLUME ONE: LA BELLE SAUVAGE: A Long Wait to Return

ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS: If Only You Could Hear the Miracles

Bicho Raro, Colorado is not much of a town but what happens there is truly miraculous. The Soria family draw in pilgrims from across the country and each pilgrim is looking for a miracle. The Sorias can all perform miracles, but it is their Saint, Daniel, who does it best. Pilgrims expect the first miracle, but they do not know that there is a second miracle and a long-standing taboo prevents the Sorias from helping with the second taboo for fear of unleashing a miracle on themselves.

ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS: If Only You Could Hear the Miracles

ORIGIN: Where Is This Going?

Robert Langdon travels to Spain to attend a presentation being given by one of his first students and dear friend Edmond Kirsch. Kirsch, a billionaire tech-genius and futurist, plans to unveil a scientific discovery that he says will answer two of humanities fundamental questions.

ORIGIN: Where Is This Going?

ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS: Back to the Present

Tom Barren lives in 2016, in the 2016 that was born out of limitless energy and technological innovation that started in 1965 with the invention of the Goettreider Engine by Lionel Goettreider. In this utopian world, Tom Barren’s father is on the verge of inventing a time machine that will send a chrononaut back in time to the moment when Lionel Goettreider first activated his world-changing device.

ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS: Back to the Present

ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT: A Quest for Understanding

Jeanette Winterson lives in the North of Britain with her evangelist mother and is accustomed to understanding the world in absolutes. As time goes on, Jeanette realizes the world is not exactly as she believes it is and “there are different kinds of treachery, but betrayal is betrayal wherever you find it” (153).

ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT: A Quest for Understanding

ARMADA: We've Been Here Before

Zack Lightman is really good at video games. Like, really good. Specifically, he is in the top ten players for a video game called Armada in which an intense and aggressive alien invasion is thwarted by human members of the Earth Defence Alliance using reverse-engineered combat drones.

ARMADA: We've Been Here Before

RUIN AND RISING: The Final Summons

Weakened by her last encounter with the Darkling as he laid siege to the capital of Ravka, Alina and her people work to escape from the underground and the holy armies of the Apparat so that they can seek out the final amplifier.

RUIN AND RISING: The Final Summons

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING: What We All Long For

There is a full medical test and physical. There is a decontamination shower. There is an airlock. Once you’ve passed all of these tests you can stand across the room from Madeline Whittier and talk with her for half an hour.

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING: What We All Long For

RAGDOLL: A Wolf By Any Other Name

Detective Sergeant William Oliver Layton-Fawkes’ reinstatement to the force is already fraught with controversy. After all, “Wolf” was suspended following his attempt to murder a man, even though that man was found not-guilty of a series of horrific immolation killings.

RAGDOLL: A Wolf By Any Other Name

FIERCE KINGDOM: Disappear, She Whispers

On an ordinary day, Joan and her four-year-old son, Lincoln, are at the zoo. It is getting close to closing time and they can here something like fireworks going off nearby. As they hurry back towards the entrance to the zoo everything changes. Joan sees the man with the gun.

FIERCE KINGDOM: Disappear, She Whispers

THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH: A Journey to Porcu-Find Yourself

Displaced from the disconnected New York environment he’s grown up in, Carson Smith and his mother fly to Billings, Montana to take care of Carson’s dying father, despite the fact that his parents’ marriage ended fourteen years earlier.

THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH: A Journey to Porcu-Find Yourself

THE HANDMAID'S TALE: Into the Darkness Within; or Else the Light

For those out there who for one reason or another are unfamiliar with the subject of this review -  and you’ll find no judgement or criticism for that herein – I’ll begin with a simple introduction to The Handmaid’s Tale

THE HANDMAID'S TALE: Into the Darkness Within; or Else the Light