Realistic dystopia sparks thoughts about the far reach of social media

Somewhere between Amazon and Facebook, The Circle is a social media platform that offers users around the world countless convenient and helpful services — many of which are seemingly great ideas (i.e. a way to find missing children to reduce numbers of assault, rape, and kidnapping worldwide). Like Amazon’s Alexa, the services offered by The Circle start to get just a little creepy, and soon protagonist Mae Holland finds herself in the public eye via wearable camera literally 24/7.

King compels with short-story collection

I LOVED this collection. Stephen King is one of my favorites, but sometimes his novels are longer than I think necessary and I get a little discouraged in the middle (I’m thinking of ‘Salem’s Lot). But this paperback collection of four novellas (that happen to have inspired some of my favorite movies) was the perfect pace.