8 Bio-Punk Books to Try if you Love Orphan Black

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.

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Unwind – Neal Shusterman

America, the second civil war and the pro-life and pro-choice armies have finally come to an agreement. Abortion is illegal, at least until the 51st trimester, the trouble is you’ll have a teenager by then!

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The Child Garden – Geoff Ryman

It’s future London and humans have evolved to photosynthesis, viruses are prevalent and few people live past 40. Meet Milena, like Sarah Manning she’s immune to it all looking for a place in the world.

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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.

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Octavia E. Butler – Dawn

Lilith awakes to find she’s been asleep for centuries and is aboard the vast spaceship the Oankali who have saved everyone from dying and are now ready to return the human race to earth, at a price!

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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.

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Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

Like Oryx and Crake, Never Let Me Go looks at the very human side of people bred or created solely for one reason, taking medicine to the next level it’s sure to break your heart.

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The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi

One of the New People, Emiko isn’t a normal girl, she’s genetically engineered and programmed to fill the whims of her client. New People are slaves, soldiers and toys of the rich, but is this right?

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HBO Currently Developing Watchmen TV Series

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Watchmen was a comic series that began its run in 1986 and followed a group of flawed vigilantes as they struggled combat evil in a gritty alternative version of New York. After finishing its run in 1987, the comics were compiled into a graphic novel which has since become widely regarded as one of the most important graphic novels of al time, Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, the story subverts comic book genres rules in a variety of ways and shows comics are by no means just for kids.

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Prison Book Club – The Books of OITNB Season 5

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The Prison Book club has become a bit of a For Reading Addicts tradition and we’ve had one for every season since the first. Books have traditionally always been a major part of the show, but season 5 saw a distinct change of pace!

I’m not going to review the season, but I will say it needed more books! Even the book mentions that did take place felt a little slotted in and unnatural to the show. With the tragedy of the librarian, Poussey’s death at the end of Season 4, maybe this was inevitable, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of this season overall. Read More

Books Inspired by Netflix Series Black Mirror to be Published!

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Charlie Brooker is proving to be a very busy man as of late. His science fiction series Black Mirror was first released on British television in 2011, then bought by Netflix in 2016. The latest news is that the series has now inspired a range of books.

The original production company, Endemol, described the series as: “a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected which taps into our contemporary unease about our modern world”.

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7 Books To Read If You Like Master of None

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If you haven’t seen Master of None, the American comedy-drama series on Netflix, then you must do so immediately.

Created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, it stars Aziz as a character named Dev Shah. Dev is a 30-year-old actor living in New York City with his friends Arnold, Brian, and Denise. Each episode guides us through Dev’s daily life and his professional, romantic, and cultural experiences.

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BBC Books to Publish first Doctor Who Poetry Collection

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With Illustrations by Russell T. Davies!

Books and Doctor Who go together like bread and jam. The Doctor is enthused by knowledge and learning and in his own words “Books, the best weapons in the world!” and so I’m pretty excited to hear the news that the first Doctor Who Poetry Collection is coming and will be published by BBC Books later this year. Read More



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