Whether in Kira's struggle with the Soft Blade, the Wranaui and their reliance on replacement bodies, or the mad ramblings of fan favorite character Gregorovich, "To Sleep in a Sea of Stars" is a novel centered around ontology, particularly in its treatment of one's connection to the physical form.
This, the paradox: What happens when An irresistible force Meets an immovable object?
In the sands there was a singing, A song of tortured wonder, With a hunger that was stinging In the land of little thunder.
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry weaves a strange story of friendship between the most unlikely people. But slithering between the lines of this Victorian tale is a much darker theme—a theme that permeates much of today’s literature and film: that religion is the biggest threat to reason and progress. Set in London, 1893, The Essex…