Dec 142017
 

Cover of Windhome by Kristin Landon.Library Journal: This striking tale of survival and fortitude in an icy, alien world is recommended for readers who enjoy character-driven stories.

Dec 132017
 

Cover of Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer.NPR: When someone pulls [Urban Fantasy] off as well as Molly Tanzer in her new novel, Creatures of Will and Temper, it’s worth checking out just to see the restraint and careful worldbuilding gymnastics required. She has created a Victorian England which is…the mother of our modern world, by turns smoky, smutty, gross and backward, then beautiful, wondrous and louche with the turn of a corner.

Tanzer [has] exceptional grace with writing complex female relationships…The three women at the center of Tanzer’s story each entered into it looking for something. They’re each more than they appear at the start, and less of the worst things you think of them.

By the end, none of them will find (or be) exactly what you expect.

Dec 082017
 

LA Times: The first in a four-part series called “The Murderbot Diaries,” Martha Wells’ novella follows a self-aware robot, who calls itself (you guessed it) Murderbot. The artificial being, which hacked itself to achieve autonomy, is tasked with protecting a team of scientists on a distant planet from an unknown threat.

This book wastes no time in getting to the action. It’s a testament to Wells’ talent that this book’s plot and its characters feel as well fleshed out as any full-length novel. It’s hard not to immediately sympathize with a misanthropic robot, can’t we all understand the desire to just binge-watch TV instead of dealing with people? Wells imbued Murderbot with extraordinary humanity, and while this is a fun read, don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s not a profound one.

Dec 072017
 

Cover photo of Look For Her by Emily Winslow.Publishers Weekly: Winslow’s kaleidoscopic narrative technique, employing first-person accounts from multiple characters, makes for engaging reading.

Dec 062017
 

Cover of In The Shadow of Agatha Christie...by Les Klinger.Publishers Weekly: Klinger’s stellar fourth In the Shadow Of reprint anthology (after 2015’s In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe) educates readers about genre history and introduces them to talent that’s mainly obscure today.

This is a must-have volume for classic crime fans.

Dec 052017
 

Cover of The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson.Kirkus: Readers who appreciate relationship-driven novels will have much to savor. Elena’s bisexuality is refreshingly unproblematic—simply another aspect of her nature that is accepted by those around her—an echo of the deft treatment of differences among the diverse cast of characters. A creative and original tale shot through with quirky humor that entertains while encouraging readers to ponder questions of free will and social responsibility.

  •  December 5, 2017
  •  Tagged with:
Dec 012017
 

Cover of The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer.RT Reviews: If earlier installments of this engrossing, heady political SF epic were thrilling in some small part because it seemed near impossible for Palmer to keep such a volatile mix compelling as she went forward, by the time of this third book of four, it is increasingly clear that we are in the hands of a new master of the genre.

As events bring this future (too flawed to be utopia, too promising to be dystopia) to the brink of possible disaster and ruin, the narrative is just as meaty and satisfying as before, the narrative voices just as cleverly chosen and implemented, the turns just as surprising and logical, the characters just as vivid and complex.

There’s a resonance and richness to the Terra Ignota series that is like almost nothing else being written today, and the finale ought to be a thing of wonder.

Nov 272017
 

Cover of The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden.Kirkus: Nicky Drayden’s debut novel The Prey of Gods is a surprising cornucopia of genres and characters taking place in a futurist South Africa and with seemingly disparate, multi-layered storylines that slowly progress toward each other­–just as the characters do. It’s a little bit surreal, a little bit weird, a lot of fun and wholly impressive.

In a world that is constantly bombarding me with evil and awful news, reading something so queer, so beautiful, so hopeful, so cool­–well, do you wonder why I wanted more?

Nov 222017
 

Cover for Yoon Ha Lee's Ninefox Gambit.B&N SFF Blog: This is one of those books that can’t be adequately described; better to silently hand it to someone and nod sagely, implying with your expression that this is the book that will change everything.

Describing the universe Lee creates here isn’t easy, but here’s a go at it: it’s a consensus reality, shaped by the shared and very rigid belief of the inhabitants, belief is controlled by numbers, equations, and other mathematical processes. Reality itself is therefore governed by an accepted application of formula ­but what happens if there’s a rebellion of thought? In our own world, cutting-edge math and physics are merely disturbing. In Lee’s, they upset the very fabric of reality.

Nov 202017
 

Cover of Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.Booklist: Ireland delivers a necessary, subversive, and explosive novel with her fantasy-laced alternate history. America is changed forever when the dead begin to prowl battlefields during the Civil War.

A smart, poignant, thrilling novel that does the all-important work of exploring topics of oppression, racism, and slavery while simultaneously accomplishing so much more. From page one, Jane is a capable, strong heroine maneuvering through a world that is brilliant and gut-wrenching.

Dread Nation will take readers on a breathless ride from beginning to end.