space opera

Friday, Dec 13, 2019

As part of my 2019 reading goals, I’m working my way through the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. So far, so good (read part one here). My progress is slow, but I’m back with part two of my reading challenge round-up.

Book Covers

The Illuminae Files

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Rated by
Tiffany R
Monday, Jul 15, 2019

The Illuminae Files Trilogy is like no trilogy you've experienced before. Stylistically it stands apart as the story unfolds via a dossier of compiled e-mails, video recordings, military documents, interviews, maps and medical reports that all combine to make for a heady mix of intrigue, political drama, romance, and space opera. In Illuminae, the first in the trilogy, Kady Grant's colony, Kerenza, is attacked by an unknown enemy.

mila kunis and channing tatum over the sky and cityscape

Jupiter Ascending (DVD)

The Wachowskis
Rated by
Amanda H.
Sunday, Oct 2, 2016

This movie is crazysauce, that’s all I can say. Crazysauce poured over an amazing sci-fi spectacular with a generous dose of cheese and a side of over-the-top drama, and those with a healthy sense of the ridiculous will eat it up with glee. If you are not a fan of campy fun, it may not be your cuppa.

Red cover with different typeface


Amie Kaufman and Kay Kristoff
Rated by
Stefanie E.
Friday, Nov 27, 2015

On the morning of their break-up Kady and Ezra are thrown together on an escape for their lives as their mining planet is torn apart by a company vying for its natural resources. As refugees they are separated onto two different ships and communication is breaking down between the crews. Kady is a skilled hacker and begins sifting through classified information to find some hard truths. There is so much I want to say about this story but can't because half the joy of reading it is in the mysteries revealed and conspiracies discovered.

Steven Universe (DVD)

Rebecca Sugar
Rated by
Rachel C.
Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015

Steven Universe is everything I never knew I wanted in a show.

Cowboy Bebop Remix

Shinichiro Watanabe
Rated by
Rachel C.
Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014

Originally airing in 1998-1999, Cowboy Bebop is widely regarded as an essential part of anime canon, with very good reason. The story of a group of down-on-their-luck bounty hunters in a gritty version of the future is a mixture of hilarity and tragedy, and worth a watch from almost anyone.