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Across the Universe by Beth Revis
The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
Afterparty by Daryl Gregory
All Clear by Connie Willis
Cherry Heaven by L.J. Adlington
The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by DuBose Heyward
Curses! Foiled Again by Jane Yolen
Ghostbusters: Total Containment by Erik Burnham
The Girls from the Revolutionary Cantina by Mike Padilla
Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book by Grumpy Cat
The Hidden Spring by Clarence Budington Kelland
Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
How to Paint a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Journal of a UFO Investigator by David Halperin
Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer
Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Simon's Cat in Kitten Chaos by Simon Tofield
The Summer Experiment by Cathie Pelletier
Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
3 Below by Patrick Carman
Touchstone by Laurie R. King
Under the Dome by Stephen King
The Vampire's Visit by David A. Poulsen
xxxHolic Volume 13 by CLAMP

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Afterparty

Afterparty: 08/17/14

cover artAfterparty by Daryl Gregory is a Canadian near future speculative fiction. When a teenage girl under arrest for using Numinous — a mind altering drug sort of like a mixture of Flash (see Continuum) and Spice (Dune). But Numinous has permanent side effects, something its creator is living with each and every day.

Most of Afterparty is a detective fiction in a science fiction setting. There's a crime &mdash the illegal distribution of Numinous. There are clues to hunt. And there's a detective — Lyda Rose. But Lyda Rose, as the creator of the drug and ex-user of the drug, she has her own personal angel, a smart mouthed woman named Gloria (who I pictured as an older and sassier version of LeShawna (Total Drama Island).

With a main character who talks to her own personal angel and has some other problems with reality, there's no reliable narrator. In this regard, the mystery unfolds a bit like Memento or Vertigo, but dressed up with all sorts of near-future technology (like micro-farming and 3D printers that print pharmaceuticals).

For me, it was a slow (ten pages a night) but satisfying book. It took about two months to read and another couple to mull. It was well worth the effort though.

 

 

Five stars

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