The Titan Strain: Dystopian literature’s newest addition

Why has the dystopian genre for young adults seem to have blown up in recent years? While this genre has been around for decades, it certainly seems to have blown up and taken the world by storm throughout the past ten years or so. It seems as if there are new additions to this genre rising up every single day. But what is it about this genre that has its readers fascinated and entangled in these foreign worlds? Maybe it’s because the world these novels paint aren’t so foreign after all.

In many dystopian novels, they showcase the protagonist fighting against a corrupt government or other societal power. Skipping over all the details that vary from book to book, this is general overview of dystopian literature. Any society anywhere in the world at any point in time can relate to corruption and disagreements with general authoritarian power. Despite dystopian literature being sometimes fantastical in nature, the basics are always something that readers can have a relation with.

The Titan Strain by Virginia Soenksen is a prime example of the Science Fiction/Dystopian literature that has taken over the young adult genre. The book’s the protagonist, Liane, is a young woman who has been trained by the government to be a genetically trained assassin. She is the perfect secret agent to help carry out the oppressive laws created by the government. However, when she saves the life of and forms an unexpected friendship with a police officer, Seth, they join forces to investigate the dark, underground organizations in their society. The closer they get to uncovering the dark truth about their world, they increasingly become closer to incredible danger.

Perhaps the most prevalent characteristic of dystopian young adult literature is the pervasive concept of young people rising up against authoritarian evil. This is so uplifting and brings hope to many of its readers, who are young people themselves. This type of literature gives its readers strong examples of what people can really do when they are up against problematic forces of control.

Another tremendous aspect of this novel is that the protagonist happens to be a female, which is so uplifting for young female readers. Girls and the heroic roles they play in many dystopian novels are so important because they teach young women that they can change the world too. Strong female protagonists such as Katniss in The Hunger Games series, Tris in the Divergent series, and now Liane in The Titan Strain (part one in the Genetics Chronicles series) are all examples of young women who take power into their own hands and strive for more out of their lives. Dystopian literature is so popular and so important in the young adult genre because it promotes the youth of society standing up for what they believe in and knowing that the power to make positive changes in the world is in their hands.

Virginia Soenksen’s first novel, The Titan Strain, is such an accomplishment and a beautiful accompaniment in the realm of dystopian young adult literature. Any fans of this genre will greatly appreciate this novel on their bookshelf as another addition to this intriguing and inspiring genre.

Jack the Ripper suspect discussed in Hawley’s latest release

Jack the Ripper has been an object of fascination for well over a century. The legacy of this premier serial killer has inspired many works of fiction, art, and media coverage. The murders he committed in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888 were unlike no other. While the exact number of murders are unknown, there were a series of five women (“the canonical five”) who are said to be linked, as their deaths have compelling similarities. These murders are characterized by deep throat and abdominal lacerations with their internal organs taken out, leading officials to believe that Jack the Ripper must have had some experience with anatomy and/or the practice of surgery.

As a result of this, many Jack the Ripper suspects are doctors. Going back to the canonical five, all the victims were attacked at night, around the end of a week, and also around the end of a month or the very beginning of the next month, which also links the murders together. Again, while they very well may have been other murders done by the Ripper, these five women are the most similar, making them the most widely-accepted and known victims. Whoever the identity of the Ripper was, it was clear he had a strong prejudice against women.

The real terror of the infamous Jack the Ripper is that he got away with every murder and his identity remains a mystery to this day. While there have been hundreds of suspects for who supposedly carried the true identity of the Ripper, none have ever been confirmed. An American doctor, Dr. Francis Tumblety is an extremely likely suspect for the Ripper, though he was not a true medical doctor; he was a fraud who claimed to have expertise in medicine and anatomy, selling his patients herbal-based medications and performing surgical techniques. Tumblety was quite the man of criminality in many aspects of his life, being arrested for pick-pocketing at one time and even thought to have been an accomplice in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

There are many suspicions that connect Tumblety to the Ripper murders. For one, he had a strong misogyny against women based off of a failed marriage to a prostitute. He was also traveling Europe and staying in a boarding house in the Whitechapel district during the time of the Ripper murders. Tumblety was arrested for an unrelated crime in November 1888 and this was the first time police officials considered him as a real suspect for the Ripper murders. However, Tumblety was able to escape to France and then back to the United States in avoidance of these accusations. Other evidence for Tumblety’s relation to the Whitechapel murders is extensive, intricate, and can be found in Mr. Michael Hawley’s book, Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety.

In his latest release, Jack the Ripper author and enthusiast, Michael Hawley, discusses one of the most prominent suspects for the identity of the heinous murderer. Hawley is considered a “ripperologist”, an informal term used to describe those who intensely study and analyze the Ripper murders and possibly identities. While the identity of the infamous Ripper may never be truly known, the prominent and pervasive legacy he left behind will never be forgotten, especially not by authors such as Michael Hawley who have dedicated an exuberant amount of time and research into spreading this historical awareness.

The Legacy of Chef Paul Bocuse in Alberoni’s Latest Release

The art of cooking and presenting beautiful dishes has been a topic on the minds of many. One reason for this could be the loss of some amazing chefs this year, with Mr. Anthony Bourdain being the most recent. Another legendary chef who passed away not too long ago was Mr. Paul Bocuse, a world-famous french chef who passed away this past January.

Bocuse was an extremely esteemed chef, winning numerous awards and teaching other admirable chefs. He transformed cooking culture by further popularizing the cooking style nouvelle cuisine, which is essentially a type of cooking characterized by delicate-looking dishes that focus on pristine, beautiful presentation. It shies away from heavy, rich ingredients and instead focuses on lighter, fresh dishes. So, while this type of cooking has a distinct fresh taste, there is also a visual aesthetic that is a focal point for this style as well. This movement piqued during the 60s and 70s because it was a modern version of traditional french cooking.

Bocuse created many signature dishes such as his Soupe V.G.E., which is a truffle soup and foie gras in chicken broth which is then covered in puff pastry. His innovation in the kitchen is what granted him his celebrity status as a renowned french chef who was, and still continues to be, revered by cooking experts around the world.

As well as this, Bocuse was incessant about self-promotion. He felt it was significantly important to make sure his presence was known in the media and news so that himself and his cooking stayed relevant in a fast-moving world. His focus on promoting his art and his efforts in the realm of cooking are what helped modern chefs be seen as celebrity figures in today’s society. Bucose truly shaped the way we look at chefs and how cooking is viewed as an art form. He was even named “chef of the century” by the Culinary Institute of America. While he became widely known and was a prominent figurehead in the realm of cooking, he remained grounded in his french roots and stayed consistent with his placement near Lyon, France.

Anthony Bourdain, celebrated American chef, said of Bocuse: Paul Bocuse. A hero to me from my earliest days as a cook. A great, great chef who was very kind to me. To have spent time with him was an honor and a dream come true.”

The cooking biography, Happiness is in the Kitchen by Giulio Albertoni, is not only a biography of the nouvelle cuisine style of cooking, but also of one of its main champions, Mr. Paul Bocuse. This is the last interview Bocuse did before his passing in January, making this biography even more special. Published under the imprint Brown Posey Press, this biography discusses the art of modern french cooking and the cultural phenomenon the movement turned into while also showcasing the story of one of France’s (and the world’s) greatest chefs of all time.