Do Androids Really Dream?

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My husband bought me an incredible book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick. Ever since watching Season 1 of Electric Dreams on Amazon Prime, we have become addicted to his stories and was surprised by this gift which I hear inspired the movie Blade Runner.

After reading this book, I understand the lyrics and Janelle Monae’s style even more. She appears in Electric Dreams! I am so happy for her!electric lady

In the book, bounty hunter Rick Deckard “retires” andys(androids) for a living. He feels no shame in killing them because they are machines. His wife disagrees with his profession, but then again, his wife is addicted to the emotion box where a person can download feelings(so I guess this like a new drug. Pick an assortment of emotions per day). Eventually, Deckard finds himself in a moral quandary that could prove fatal for his journey as a bounty hunter and a husband…as a person.

He wondered, now, about her, too. Some female androids seemed to him, pretty; he had found himself physically attracted by several and it was an odd sensation, knowing intellectually that they were machines...”(Electric Dreams, pg. 88, 2017, 1968)

What tripped me up good in the book, is that anyone could be an android. Opera singers, sales associates. You just never know. In order to figure this out, Deckard had to test them and some would become enraged that they are being tested.

What really makes this an exceptional work are the many messages displayed within the work. At some point I think the message could simply be: we are what we have to be, when we need to be it.

Then, another message towards the end could be: What is loneliness?

If androids can have sex, eat, drink, and rationalize…can they dream also?

What is the symbol of the electric sheep?

The problem with reading this book is you must sip it slow like wine. You could miss some intricate part of the message and it may get lost in the “kipple”, but when you step back and look over at the big picture you will question what it means to live- as the androids often do.

There are several pieces of backstory involved as well which serves as reminders of the world Deckard lives in. First off, nothing is alive, so when you find a live insect or animal you can sell it for a very high price. The electric sheep Deckard has on his rooftop is a reminder of the last living sheep he used to have.

Then there is the chickenhead J.R. Isidore, who lives alone in an apartment complex and is not very bright. He cleans up dead animals from roads and unwittingly “befriends” androids who are escaped from Mars.

I would go into more detail, but I must say the way the show Electric Dreams is filmed and directed, you get the same feel from this book.

So can androids really dream?

I think so  😉

Then again, I’m kinda weird…

I highly recommend this book for science fiction readers, speculative readers and fans of Electric Dreams.

Have you read any of Philip K. Dick’s books?

~The Write Web


‘The Two of Us’ by Victoria Bylin #SoulBookSunday

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Pick up The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin

Published by Bethany House (2017)

ISBN: 978-0-7642-1738-8(Paperback)

*Provided free for an unbiased review from Bethany House

The Two of Us is one of those Christian romances that defines exactly how a Christian romance should be written. The main character Mia Robinson is a nurse practitioner who already had two broken engagements in her life, and when she meets Jake Tanner, even with his relaxed manner and handsomeness-  she protects her heart. Jake, ever the patient man has experienced loss in his life but the two of them will discover they have a lot more in common than they thought.

From the first chapter, I was engaged with the story. Mia represents women who already know the power of heartbreak and does not want to experience it ever again. She puts her trust totally in the Lord and believes that the doors opening for her as far as missionary work overseas, is a sign from God.

Jake Tanner, from the moment he laid eyes on Mia, knew she had a story. So does he. As a former cop who lost a partner in a terrible accident he wants to do all he can to prove he can continue to help save lives, but the one life before him needs saving in a new way. He falls for Mia but will he ever conquer her heart? Will he be the one man to prove that not all men are after one thing?

There were a few subplots going on in this story worth mentioning. All of them demonstrate the power of holding on to God while understanding we are all human too. Mia’s sister Lucy is the opposite of her- Lucy grabs life by the horns while Mia assesses a situation first, then plan. Then there was the problem of Jake wanting to honor his partner’s memory by starting a camp for teens, but with increasing violence in the town, the community clashes with Jake’s plans to bring more troubled youth there.

I can share a million thoughts on the direction that was taken but just know if you are looking a sweet, Christian romance that has all the power of real love embodied by God’s enduring love for us, pick this up.

Stay tuned for more books like this on Soul Book Sundays!

A Man Questions His Dreams in ‘The Between’

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Cover Image by: Harper Torch(1995)


“We’re always closest to death, when we’re asleep…”(from The Between by Tananarive Due, 1995)


Where to begin with such great writing!

In The Between, Hilton James has bad dreams that seems so real it could quite possibly be. When he was little, his grandmother saved him from drowning in Virginia Key Beach and now that a racist lunatic wants to murder his family, Hilton’s nightmares from childhood returns and this time they are making him question his own sanity.

At some point, Hilton seeks hypnotherapy from a trusted friend  and this uncovers some strange things, but it isn’t until we as the reader truly understand the supernatural-ness of what’s happening that the heart begins to pound in fear and anticipation.

Tananarive Due told such a good story I was literally upset the book was over. The book does cross all racial lines and instead has a nicely brewed blend of supernatural/horror/psychological thriller appeal to it and for this to have been her first book, is quite an accomplishment.

I feel that The Between is a hodgepodge mixture of conversations we’ve all had with ourselves and others before. In a creative way the book shares a story we all try to rationalize: Are we dreaming what is real, or really dreaming? Does a dejavu prove something more?

If a person almost dies, what can that change in their present life and is there a consequence?

I love the Final Destination movies, but I think The Between was much, much more profound.

Highly recommended!

~The Write Web


‘Rooted in the Earth’ Our Kinship with the Earth Explained #BlackHistory

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Purchase Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage

Dianne D. Glave

ISBN: 978-1-55652-766-1(paperback)

Cover Design: Rachel Madison


  • In the early 2000s, we heard about Michael Vick from “Bad Newz”, allowing dog fighting in his home and he was punished for it, spending up to 23 months in prison.
  • In 2014, the drinking water in Flint, Michigan changed. Due to insufficient water treatment, over 100,000 residents were exposed to water with high lead content. Flint is mostly made up of blacks, could that be the reason the situation was neglected?[source]
  • Finally, in 1978 there was a man-made toxic spill that spread across the North Carolina counties…in predominantly African American areas.

Is there any wonder that African Americans’ relationship to fauna and flora is pretty strained?

From our ancestors’ ability to pick off the boll weevils on cotton, to understanding the taste of soil and which is good for planting and then the brutal history we have with dogs and sharks vying for a taste of our dark meat.

Dianne D. Glave walks us through our African roots and the kinship we naturally have with the green earth and its waters.

When we pick up a Better Homes and Gardens magazine or watch gardening and design on television, it is not our black selves represented, when in fact enslaved black women tended to the gardens and then as free women. My own aunt knew a lot about natural herb remedies than I do.

Glave makes sure to educate us about the many clubs(such as the 4-H) dedicated to helping the youth learn about nature. Hampton Institute-now Hampton University, held majors which taught about vegetables, farming, and more.

What I gleaned from the book is that as African Americans, we have strong aversions(not all of us) to nature. Much of it may not be our fault. However there is so much good in nature. In the past, water was how we got here, on slave ships but water also offered freedom to marry as well and freedom from laws of the land. The woods we ran to and away from bloodthirsty hounds, yet it also symbolized escape.

This is a terrific book perfect for study of African American culture and how we relate to nature. A very interesting read indeed!

Stay tuned for more book reviews and remember that Black History is everyone’s history and all year long! 🙂

~The Write Web






Sycorax’s Daughters #BlackHistory #BlackHorrorWriters





Sycorax’s Daughters Edited by Kinitra Brooks, PhD., Linda D. Addison, and Susan Dorris, PhD. With a Forward by Walidah Imarisha-Various writers

Cedar Grove Publishing(2017)

Get Sycorax’s Daughters on Amazon today!

CHOCOLATESWelcome back to the Chocolate Reading Experience!

Today, I wanted to share my thoughts on Sycorax’s Daughters, an anthology of the most thought provoking, horrifying, skin chilling works. It also lends to a deeper discussion about black writers in the area of science fiction and horror. That will definitely be another post.

Speaking of which, did you see the Kendrick Lamar and Sza video called “All the Stars” for the Black Panther movie? It had African Spritualism, Afrofuturism and more in that lovely motion picture!

Warning! Read slow! Sip on the words in this book or you will get lost!

For now, the question is. Who are Sycorax’s Daughters and her significance to the anthology?

For you Shakespeare fans, Sycorax was the silent but powerful witch in Shakespeare’s Tempest(1611). According to the book, she invoked fear in the white male characters. In fact, in Walidah’s powerful forward, the idea for this anthology, sprouted from the AstroBlacknessII conference a few months after the non indictment of Michael Brown’s murderer.

Sycorax’s Daughters is more than a collection of “horror” stories ladies and gents. The poetry is mind provoking and I swear some stories were so beyond me, my soul interpreted the matter before my brain could.

“In the morning you will erase her from existence. You will let the day’s drudgery make a meal of your heart. You will stroke your hardness, you will come in silence, consumed by dread.” (from Sycorax’s Daughters: The Malady of Need 2017).

I cannot select just one as my favorite because the 566 page tome had so many exciting stories! One in particular is called Cheaters by Tish Jackson. About a woman who just can’t stand cheaters and mysteriously, any cheater she has been with, is no longer in existence…

Another favorite, probably my absolute FAV is  the The Monster by Crystal Connor. What does a shape shifting monster, the KKK, and a lone military trained black woman with a pistol, have in common? Yeah, you got to read that one for yourself. It was so good I told my husband all about it. He was intrigued.

The anthology is a powerful testament to black women but to black culture as a whole. Using horror to reflect the pain and injustices we often go through is a creative bounty these writers possess.

I highly HIGHLY recommend reading Sycorax’s Daughters. In the meantime, I will be posting up thoughts on black culture, horror, and science fiction literature we should all be checking out.

~The Write Web




The Chocolate Reading Experience Presents: Sexy/Dangerous by Beverly Jenkins

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Click here to grab Sexy/Dangerous by Beverly Jenkins

HarpersCollins Publishers(2006)

ISBN: 978-0061751578

The guns. The fights. The thrills. The sex.

This one has it all!

Side note: This book has straight up five stars on Amazon. I’m just sayin’.

Beverly Jenkins proves she not only has a gift for writing historical novels, but writing an amazingly hot and sexy contemporary romance is within her powers also.

Maxine “Max” Blake is hired to protect Dr. Adam Gary, a black scientist who may have just created a prototype that will put the oil industry out of business. When Max meets the sexy, intelligent scientist she is surprised he doesn’t like her, and he is downright rude. The two butt heads constantly but when the “ice” begins to break….

It kept my eyes glued to the page. Let me tell you. I had a sty on my eye, needed rest, needed to get back into reality, but when I read a Beverly Jenkins story I am caught in and it takes a while for me to come up for air.

That is what this book did for me.

Not only does Max remind you of  Storm from X-Men(but with green eyes), her resolve her strength and her humility is infectious. Dr. Adam Gary needed more people skills but you grow a soft spot for him when you learn of his past and his love for science. Plus, the fact that he knows how to turn up the heat on lovin’ helps a bit!

So, let me gift you with a passage from the book so you’ll know what I mean, then afterwards get the book post haste if you haven’t already.

Warning! The following brief passage will elicit a slow burn in your heart. Take those antacids!

“If I don’t see you anymore today, what do you want for breakfast in the morning?” she asked.

“Eggs, bacon, toast.”

“All yours.”

Adam wished she were. The look in her eyes and the tone of her voice made him take a deep mental breath…Blame it on his celibacy, blame it on her, blame it on whatever, but he was hard as a rock.”(from Sexy/Dangerous, Jenkins, 2006).

See what I mean?

So click on the link above in this post(there are affiliate links here folks).

Stay tuned for even more chocolaty reading! Let me know if I am providing enough of it LOL

Thank you for reading!  🙂

~The Write Web


The Chocolate Reading Experience Presents: ‘The Sisters Are Alright’

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The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris

Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. (2015)


The worst thing in the world, for a little girl is to feel invisible…by no fault of her own.

If you are black, you face certain hardships your white counterparts would scratch their heads at.

But if you are black and female. The problems double and quadruple. With messages that your natural God given hair is somehow wrong. Earning degrees is wrong. Reacting to pain is wrong.

It is little wonder that black women of all ages have a chip on their shoulders.

In Tamara Winfrey Harris’s The Sisters Are Alright, you will glimpse the stories of real life black women from all economic levels, all shades and sizes- but amazingly no matter how meek they are, or how strong they are, they see the messages in media all day long, that for some reason black women are- wrong.

Perhaps the most complex thing about being a black woman, can be summed up with this quote from the book:

“The world does not love us, at least not in the way black women deserve to be loved.”(pg. 11)

One black woman from a popular reality television show said when she was meek and mild, the producers did not see her making it another season. To rev up views she had to become loud and bossy. Downright ghetto and mean like a stereotypical Sapphire. The loud black woman that everyone loves to hate and hate to love but it garnered the views needed right?

So, was this book worth reading?

To be fair most of the commentary about how black women are viewed, I knew from looking at YouTube comments and comments made across the blogs, news stations, personal conversations, etc.

The personal interviews with each black woman was so heartfelt and heart wrenching, I felt an instant connection to all of these women without even knowing them. There are several uplifting quotes too and here is one I’d like to leave with you:

“So what is wrong with black women?”

Not a damned thing.( from The Sisters Are Alright)


I highly recommend this book for all men and women no matter the shade or age because what happens to one group of people, affect us all.

Stay tuned for more book reviews and reports this month concerning African/African American writings!

Here’s to chocolates and love!