The Last Human Reviw

A five star review from me, but probably a 4.5 star review overall, simply for the fact that this book will not appeal to everyone.

Sarya is the galaxy’s worst nightmare: a Human.

But most days, she doesn’t feel like the most terrifying creature in the galaxy. No, most days, she’s got other things on her mind. Like hiding her identity among the hundreds of alien species roaming the corridors of Watertower Station. Or making sure her adoptive mother doesn’t casually eviscerate one of their neighbors. Again.

And most days, she can almost accept that she’ll never know the truth about why humanity was deemed too dangerous to exist, or whether she really is – impossibly – the lone survivors of a species destroyed a millennium ago. That is, until an encounter with a bounty hunter leaves her life and her perspective shattered.

Thrown into the universe at the helm of a stolen ship, Sarya begins to uncover an impossible truth. Humanity’s death and her own existence might simply be two moves in a demented cosmic game, one that might offer the thing she wants most in the universe – a second chance for herself, and one for humanity.

The Last Human by Zack Jordan is a unique book. For the very reasons this story was a breath of fresh air for someone who’s read every book in existence (plus or minus a few million), some reviewers were bashing it on Goodreads.

And you know what? I get where they’re coming from, I really do. This book was strange.

The novel started off in a normal fashion. We are introduced to Sarya, the galaxy’s only known human, who must pass herself off as a simple, less intelligent alien species to survive. She lives on a water mining station with her adoptive mother, a terrifying, mass murdering giant sentient spider who lives for the pleasure of the hunt and the kill.

In other words, a typical coming of age story.

However, about halfway through, the book…changes.

As it turns out, with the existence of millions of sentient species in the galaxy comes millions of varying levels of intelligence. What this means is, as a typical member of an average species, you could believe that it was luck that brought you a good trade deal, or a beautiful spouse of indiscriminate gender.

It was not.

Because guess what? To a being twenty times less intelligent than you, your machinations and schemes would seem like the hand of fate itself.

As the story progresses, young Sarya discovers this fact as she’s pulled into the schemes of some of the most intelligent (known) beings in the universe.

This story does not follow the typical model of a YA or New Adult book. It is not the well polished arc with perfectly placed plot points that one would expect in a popular novel.

It is tempting to look at this fantastical space opera delving into the very nature of free will written by what is obviously a giant nerd with just the right amount of crazy and get annoyed that it doesn’t fit into the typical paths of a normal novel.

Artist’s rendition of Zack Jordan

It spends pages and pages exploring esoteric concepts. The plot is not linear AT ALL. The beginning and the end of The Last Human do not only seem like different books, they seem like different genres.

And yet, as soon as I finished, I wished I could go back and read the thing all over again. This book made me think. It was unexpected. After finishing the last page, I felt richer for the experience.

If you devour novels and are looking for something more than yet another notch on your bookshelf, give The Last Human a try. I can’t guarantee it will be your cup of tea, but if it is, you will never forget it.

Bonus: The author has collaborated with an artist to create a webcomic prequel to the book, which is where the pictures in this review came from. You can browse them here.

Covid Testing is NOT Supposed to Hurt

I have heard, time and time again, of people avoiding Covid testing because they don’t feel like having a q-tip shoved up into their brain by a sociopathic nurse, Egyptian mummy style.

This is understandable. It hurts. It’s gross. It’s invasive.

But, guess what? Covid tests are NOT supposed to hurt. The swab that you use only has to be put up your nose until it meets resistance, similar in depth to a good nose picking.

In fact, I swab myself twice a week for Covid and the worst pain I felt was a particularly aggressive sneeze.

So why are there reports of nasal violation in testing, when this kind of invasive Q-tipping is so unnecessary?

As it turns out, to swab for the flu, you need to get a sample from deep within your nose. In the beginning of the pandemic, nurses did this due to the lack of information about the virus and, perhaps, as a way to exclude the flu back when Covid was less common.

However, today, only a gentle nose swabbing is necessary. You don’t even need a medical professional. To do it yourself, simply grab the swab (without touching the tip), and stick it up your nose until you meet resistance. Don’t force it. Rotate the swab around the first nostril four times, then repeat with the second nostril. Place the swab in the tube you will be provided with, and close the lid. Voila!

Some people are skeptical about giving themselves Covid tests. However, there is no need to worry!

You will never get a false negative by not swabbing well enough. Covid tests use a control, a gene found in all human beings, to make sure you got a good sample. If that marker is not in your sample, then you will be asked to provide a new one. Simple as pie.

So don’t be afraid to get a test. Order one from a testing company to be shipped to your house, if you don’t feel like going to a testing center. It’s always better to know.

Switch to my new site

Finally, after much craziness and many tears of frustration, I have switched my Blog over to a new hosting platform. While many of you will be redirected, sadly, any followers who follow this blog through will need to subscribe again. If you like. If you remember subscribing in the first place.

Anywho, the new blog’s domain is the same, you can see it here.

Goodbye beautiful rainbow themed blog and hello to the new and improved, gold themed monstrosity that I am still attempting to organize. I hope you will join me on this incredible journey of pain and many, many calls to the Godaddy Helpline.


YA and Adult Novels: Top Ten Recommendations

Do you ever find yourself bored to death and in need of non-crappy book to read? Well look no further. Here are some books to try out if you find yourself in need of a thought provoking novel, or a simple, enjoyable YA. Feel free to post any good recommendations of your own!

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Tell the Wind and Fire Review


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Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.

Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Sarah Rees Brennan’s Tell the Wind and Fire is loosely based on A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. In her world there are two versions of New York. Light new York, a place of wealth and beauty, where the light magicians and their relatives live, and Dark New York, where the dark magicians reside. However, Light New York is reliant on Dark New York to survive, as, without the Dark Magicians, the Light magicians would die.

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Random Blog Post Number Three. (Genetics, baby!)

Hello readers, and welcome to another day of random fact blog posts. So far we’ve covered archery and cooking. So, following this trend, today will be about genetics! (Just kidding, there is no logic, life is anarchy). Today, we will be learning how to understand your own DNA, some facts about the human genome, and how to destroy the world with some time and a $300 Crispr kit!


Hear me out. Genetics are literally the source code of all life as we know it. And yet, some people know absolutely nothing about what makes them tick!


Okay. We will start at the basics. DNA.


DNA is the stuff that tells your body what proteins to produce and basically dictate how your body works. The entirety of the coding part of DNA is made up of four nucleotides that we call T,C,A, and G. Sort of like binary. Four different amino acids may not sound like enough options to code for all life as we know it, but human beings have three billion pairs of these in our genome. That allows for a lot of variation. Trust me.


On a side note, those fun little $75 ancestry DNA tests that are all the craze nowadays (I did them, they are really cool) only sequence about 900,000 base pairs depending on the test, so don’t put too much stock in the results when it comes to diseases. Many illnesses are influenced by many different genes, so just because one might say you are 2x more likely to get diabetes doesn’t mean that’s necessarily true, as you could have five other genes that state the opposite. If you really want to know, get your whole genome sequenced or go home. The price is really affordable now. It’s gone from $3 billion to a few thousand dollars in just the fifteen years since the first human genome was sequenced! That’s quite a reduced rate!


Back to understanding DNA. You have three billion base pairs in your genome. This means that you have three billion base pairs of DNA in each cell. Crazy right? That’s the equivalent of 700mb of data stored in each human cell, or roughly 70 Zetabytes of data in the human body. That’s nuts. That is more than the entirety of data used by human beings. More than every movie, every website, every image and secret government AI ever created in the history of the digital age. In one human body. Insane.


As a side note, as the entire human genome can fit in 700 mb, all of what makes you you can be stored on a CD. Hilarious. Of course, most genomes are so similar, we could probably compress it down a lot further than that, but why? A CD costs next to nothing at Best Buy .


Alright, now we’re going to discuss Autosomal dominant and recessive traits. Autosomal simply refers to DNA not inherited from the sex chromosomes.


So, each human has two sets of chromosomes, one inherited from the mother, one from the father. When you have a child, you only pass down one of your two chromosomes to your kids. It’s (mostly) random. This means that if you have a gene on one chromosome, say, for an extra finger, and one chromosome without that gene, you have a 50/50 shot of passing on that gene to your kid. If the child gets the gene from you, and a normal one from his father, and gains an extra finger, the trait is dominant. If the kid gets the gene from you, a healthy gene from his father, and only has five fingers, then the trait is recessive, meaning both genes need to have the same mutation to express it. Most diseases are recessive, as if you had a dominant disease in prehistoric times, you often didn’t survive to child bearing age, whereas if the disease is recessive, you could carry the mutated gene and pass it on without showing symptoms due to your other, healthy gene.


However, some autosomal dominant diseases, such as Huntington’s, do exist today. These diseases are often particularly horrible as many people don’t know they have it until after having kids and having a 50/50 chance of passing it on to them.


Now inheritance is usually a little more complicated than this. There usually isn’t a “blue eyed gene” or a “smooth skin gene”. Many genes factor into having one trait, and untangling them all is often confusing. In addition, recently scientists have begun to understand the effects the environment has on influencing what genes get expressed in your genome.


There was actually this really cool study done on twins where the genomes of two identical young twins were compared with the genomes of two old identical twins. It turns out that the older identical twins actually had fairly different genes being expressed, despite being genetically identical at birth, due to differences in what they ate, where they lived, ect. This is how one identical twin could be more likely to get cancer, or go bald a little earlier.


This environmental effect on gene expression actually explains a lot about why we can’t just insert a gene into someone and know the outcome, or why a person with a lower genetic likelihood of cancer might still get cancer.


However, despite all these crazy factors influencing our genes, scientists are getting closer and closer to cracking the human genome. In fact, there is a crazy cool new project being implemented where scientists are collecting one million human genomes through volunteers to help solve this mystery once and for all. I’m going to sign up. And no, I’m not afraid of government subsidized cloning, or insurance companies getting hold of my DNA because let’s be honest here, all it takes is a single skin cell to know your entire genetic makeup. In ten years, DNA tests will probably be so cheap, any Joe Shmo could pluck one of your hairs and get it sequenced for the price of a meal.

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So that’s the basics of genetics. We are only going to discuss one more really freaking awesome and slightly terrifying thing today and that is the idea of gene drives.


“What’s a gene drive?” you ask, as you’re not totally bored yet by my rambling. Well, remember how I said that the mommy and the daddy each pass down one gene? So if the mother has a gene for, say, invisibility and one for laser eyes, the child could get either one? Well, gene drives allow you to play God in that you can choose which gene will always be passed down. So you can design it so that invisibility will be passed down to all the kids, and all the kids’ kids, and so on forever until every person on the planet has invisibility. This is wicked crazy.


How a gene drive works is a little too complicated for a random fact post on a book blog, but let me grossly oversimplify it. Basically, scientists take, say, a mosquito and alter one of its genes with CRISPER/Cas9 (a cool new technology that lets us edit DNA). This new gene has whatever we insert in, plus a little segment that instructs the “normal” gene in the other chromosome to be cut out. So, after the normal gene is gut out, the broken chromosome needs to repair itself, and does so using the second, altered chromosome as a template, thereby copying the altered gene. As the mosquito has little nasty mosquito babies, the gene gets passed down to them, altering the other, healthy chromosome. Now, with two altered chromosomes, that trait is 100% likely to be passed down to the next generation. And on. And on


So think about it for a minute. If we were to use a gene drive to make all female mosquitoes infertile, the gene would rapidly spread via the males until every female mosquito is dead, and the entire mosquito population becomes extinct. I’ve also heard it hypothesized that with the rate of reproduction, rendering an entire mosquito species extinct by releasing a handful of altered mosquitoes would only take a few years. That’s it. A few years and a 300 dollar CRISPR kit to wipe out humanity’s #1 killer (other then other humans). Isn’t life insane?


So yes, genetics is terrifying, and complex, and it’s easy to shy away from it and not want to know or give anyone your genetic information, or use this technology on plants or animals. And you have a very valid point. However, for better or worse the genie is already out of the bottle, so if you really want to save this planet from humanity’s mistakes, make all research go through very public, government approved processes and pass preemptive legislation. Banning GMO’s and burying your head in the sand is more harmful than it is helpful. We all have a responsibility in this new age of unprecedented technological advancement to use our new tools with caution and respect, and the best way to make that happen is to educate yourself and encourage transparency. So let’s do it!


On a side note, happy May Day everyone!



The Belles Review

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Author: Dhonielle Clayton

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

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The cover of The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton is Barbie Dreamhouse pink, with sparkles and roses adorning the cover. Inside is a map of the fictional island setting, beautifully detailed in hot pink and white. On the front of the cover is a beautiful girl (although her eyebrows are a little scary) in fancy dress with a sultry expression. Okay, so I can’t say I’m a fan of the girl’s look on the cover, but, overall, I believe that this cover perfectly reflects the tone of the novel. It’s ornate, and so, so pink, enough to make me slightly uncomfortable picking up the book.the belles border 2.png Yet this was one of the factors that drew me to the novel, the sheer audacity of all that hot pink in anything but a middle grade novel about popularity and hot crushes. Yet, in a YA that professed to be about the dark side of beauty, the cover, and its choice to be so glaringly, overwhelmingly pink and flowery felt almost like a dare.the belles border 3.png

So I gave The Belles a read. And kept reading. I finished this book in less than a day, all 434 pages. It was flowery. It was ornate. And it was dark.



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Bridge of the Gods Guest Review

I received this book from the author. This is my honest review. Thank you to the author for letting read your work!
I am huge Percy Jackson fan. To be honest, I have not read the books, only watched the movies. When I was given the chance to read and review Bridge of The Gods, I was excited. The book blurb lead me to believe it would be similar to Percy Jackson. The only thing in common was the use of Greek mythology.
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Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Luthor McAlester is a teenage boy living in San Diego, California. His father died when he was a child. Leaving him to become man of the house, living with his mother and younger sister. On his 18th birthday he discovers a power that has been held dormant until now. He is unsure what to do with it in the absence of this father’s guidance. His best friend Gwen, who claims to be oblivious, knows more than she is telling. Can Luther figure out how to use his power and help the Gods like they ask with just the help of his best friend? Or will the lack of guidance from his father prove to be more than young Luthor can handle?

My Review:

*The Bridge of The Gods* was an awesome read. The author loosely uses Greek mythology to tell a wonderful coming of age story. Our MC, Luther, has no idea that he has special abilities until he turns 18. Then, he is approached by Zeus to help the major and minor gods. They face devastation if Luther can’t help them.

The story is a fun. Luther and his best friend run into all kinds of danger and meet lots of cool gods along the way. My favorite is Apollo. He tries hard to be smooth with the ladies but dead down inside he is a sweetheart.

There are a few twists to the story but it ends well. I can’t tell you more than that without revealing any spoilers. 😀

Tank and I give this a 3 paw rating.


I enjoyed it but it didn’t keep me up at night reading it.


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Bury What We Cannot Take Guest Review

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by Kirstin Chen

Genre: Historical Fiction
Published on: March 20th 2018 by Little A

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

**I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Great cover, great synopsis, awesome title. So why not read it?

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In Other Lands Review

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Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Publication Date: August 15, 2017

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            In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan is probably my favorite book I’ve read this year. So if you plan on reading just one of the books I’ve recommended this year, read this.

First I have to give a disclaimer. I was not intrigued by the plot summary. A boy discovers that he can see the Borderlands, a place where humans and mythical creatures live side by side. Yawn. Read it before. However here is what I didn’t factor in to the book, that I wouldn’t give a shit about the plot. That’s right. Sarah Rees Brennan has created a book where the characters are so amazing, hilarious, and wonderful that the plot could literally be about a sparkly vampire named Tedward Mullen for all I care.


Okay, where to start. Well, first there is Elliot, the main character. Unlike many novels, the main character is the best character. He is a freaking hilarious idiot genius with an IQ of about 180 and an EQ (Emotional intelligence) of about 60. Optimistically. He doesn’t play mind games, or use tactful diplomacy to get what he wants (until he learns to properly flirt with the elves), he just says what he thinks, and that’s that. So why is everyone mad at him all the time?

Elliot breaks stereotypes, and he breaks them with a bang.

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