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Book Review: “Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story”

Cracked-High-Resolution-188x300As an armchair anthropologist, I’m all about how speculative fiction and urban fantasy allow us to explore human cultures by taking us outside of our own comfy and taken-for-granted universe. Cracked! by Janine A. Southard, is a perfect example, giving us a fabulous and funny insider’s exploration of Seattle youth-geek culture.

I don’t know if Southard actually did this, but as I was reading, I formed an image in my mind of her starting page one by making a 300-point list of culture elements she wanted to work into the plot and then just relaxing back into the seat and letting the culture elements steer the story like a Google self-driving car.

In the hands of a lesser writer it wouldn’t have worked, but Southard pulls it off with almost-casual brilliance. I laughed out loud. I loved it. And now, every time I visit Seattle, I’ll have this story in mind as my guidebook to the city’s unseen mysteries.

Highly recommended.

Note to Portland peeps: Janine Southard will be reading at the SWFA Pacific NW Authors Reading Series on May 7th.

Next book on deck for review… Cat Rambo’s Beasts of Tabat.

April 9, 2015

Categories: Book reviews

About T.K. Greenleaf

TK Greenleaf is the author of the science fiction novel DUO. A self-described “armchair anthropologist,” she writes character-driven science fiction that explores the future of human (and sometimes non-human) culture.