Have you been watching Orphan Black on Netflix? The fifth and final series airs on 11th June and I’m going to miss it so much when it’s over. I’ll loved watching the escapades of Sarah Manning and her sestras as they unlock the secrets of their own clone biology.
As the series is now coming to an end, I thought I’d look for something to fill the void and have come up with 10 bio-punk books well worth reading if you loved Orphan Black!
The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G Wells
We couldn’t talk about Orphan Black and bio-punk without a mention for the book that is integral to the series. If Jules Verne had no idea what steampunk was, then we suspect H.G Wells also had never heard of bio-punk, but that doesn’t stop The Island of Dr Moreau topping the genre for us.
Leviathan – Scott Westerfield
If Steampunk was the new genre of the 20th century then bio-punk is the new genre for the 21st century. Leviathan combines the two in the first book of this brilliant trilogy full of steampunk machines and genetically modified monsters.
Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
Maybe Orphan Black’s big appeal is that the genetic engineering plays second place to the story, of family, lives, and love. If you agree then it’s likely you’ll love Oryx and Crake, adventure romance with a side of bio-punk.
The fantasy-comedy novel is the story of the birth of the Antichrist (the son of Satan), and the bringing about of the End of Times. Written in a way that only Pratchett and Gaiman can- with wit, humour, and intelligence, the novel has previously been adapted for BBC radio.
Over the years there have been talks about a movie version of Good Omens, directed by Terry Gilliam, but after issues with funding (or lack thereof), and red tape with Hollywood ‘suits’, the film unfortunately never came to fruition.
Especially that scene where Mr Darcy is all damp from his swim… *swoon*
Anyway, good news everybody! British television company ITV have announced they are producing another remake of the classic book, with a few adjustments to the frills and corsets we all recognise from period dramas.
The family restaurant, Bob’s Burgers, is run by the whole family and everyone helps where they can from refilling napkin dispensers to repeatedly sitting on new chairs to release the squeaky fart noises before customers can use them.
The previous instalment, A Dance With Dragons, was published in 2011, and fans eagerly await the next book, The Winds of Winter. Meanwhile the television series based on the books, A Game of Thrones, has taken on a life of its own…