Mar 142018

Cover of Stone Mad: A Karen Memory Adventure by Elizabeth Bear.Booklist: Karen and Priya are out for a night on the town when Karen’s irrepressible curiosity gets them entangled with a pair of spiritualists, a stage illusionist, and a riled-up tommy-knocker kidnapped from its mine.

The spiritualist Arcade sisters start it off with a bit of table knocking, but it could be a real “haint”—there’s a story, Karen tells us, about a man returned from Alaska who murdered everyone in the place. Then again, it could just be a grift. Priya, more cautious, is having none of it—which leaves Karen in the hotel with the Arcade sisters and Mrs. Horner, the illusionist, when the hotel starts shaking. The Arcade sisters have gotten the attention of something much more dangerous with their tricks.

Karen is an affable narrator and an enthusiastic investigator, and the story is an excellent adventure as well as a genuinely touching narrative about relationships and compromise; Bear’s (The Stone in the Skull, 2017) narrative skill and flair for both plot and character continue to impress.

Mar 092018

Cover of Lake Silence by Anne Bishop.RT Book Reviews: Although award-winning Bishop’s amazing new UF book is not about beloved characters Meg and Simon, it is thankfully still set in the world of the Others. Bishop moves the action and story to a tiny village adjacent to Lake Silence. The richness of the world that Bishop has created is truly impressive, and the perspectives of the Others, including their view on humanity, makes these stories unique and unforgettable.

While this reviewer is still hoping for additional Meg and Simon books, visiting Sproing and its fascinating inhabitants is also habit-forming! Bishop delivers again!

Mar 082018

Cover of Always Never Yours by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley.Kirkus: Bold senior Megan Harper is known for directing student theater productions and being a self-proclaimed boy-crazy flirt. But Megan isn’t ever “the one”: Most of her seven ex-boyfriends have met their true loves right after leaving her…

Charming characters and an enchanting exploration of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy make this husband-and-wife duo’s debut a must-read.

Mar 022018

Cover of Lake Silence by Anne Bishop.Syfy Wire: The world Anne Bishop created in LAKE SILENCE, the sixth installment in her bestselling The Others series, is as unpredictable and possibly volatile as it is fascinating.

Bishop’s mythical realm of Thaisia is a legend waiting to happen. Read the feature article here.

Mar 012018

Cover of Artificial Condition by Martha Martha Wells is an amazing writer, whose work I’ve generally loved since first encountering THE ELEMENT OF FIRE. When her novella ALL SYSTEMS RED came out last year from Publishing, it was a delight to see Wells turn her considerable talents to original science fiction­ – space operatic science fiction with a sense of humour and a deep well of kindness. This year will see two sequels published, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION (May) and ROGUE PROTOCOL (August), and­—not a word of a lie—they’re both really good.

Wells brings a strong sense of character to Murderbot. Deeply socially anxious, immensely awkward about talking to Actual People, and constantly insisting that they don’t care (when it becomes obvious that they do), Murderbot is a very human sort of bot­—despite their occasional assertion that they’re not really a person.

Wells’ pacing is sharp, and the world of the Murderbot Diaries is atmospheric and filled with cool shit. And the individuals who appear on the pages of these stories, however briefly, all feel like fully-rounded people. These are delightful books, and I sincerely hope that Wells writes many more of them­—because I definitely want to find out what happens next.

Feb 262018

Cover of Lake Silence by Anne Bishop.Booklist: Bishop’s newest installment in the bestselling Others series (after Etched in Bone, 2017) is nothing short of nail-biting fun…One human bridging the gap with the Others is Vicki DeVine, a strong but battered woman who received a rustic resort near Lake Silence in a recent divorce settlement from her abusive ex-husband. Vicki restores the resort, and her business provides a safe haven for the Others and humans to learn about one another on neutral ground. But when Vicki’s ex and his cronies set a dangerous plot in motion to take back the resort, the humans quickly realize that the Others are in control—and will go to any lengths to remove the human threat.

What follows is a fast-paced story unfolding against a fantasy backdrop that readers looking for a little bit of mystery to unravel will enjoy.

Feb 212018

Cover of The Selfie Generation by Alicia Eler.New York Times: Eler’s book alights on the source of the selfie’s power: It is the easiest way to assert one’s humanity in our hyper-networked world.

Feb 152018

Cover of Missing at 17 by Christine Conradt.Booklist:…Peppered with plot twists that will keep readers on their toes.

Conradt succeeds at creating well-rounded main characters that complement one another, filling their stories with drama reminiscent of quick-moving made-for-TV movies. Romance fans will gobble up Candace and Toby’s story, rooting for them to be together despite the odds stacked against them.

A thrilling romance sure to entertain.

Feb 142018

Cover of Neogenesis by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.Publishers Weekly: This enjoyable latest installment of the long-running Liaden space adventure saga, featuring the ever-resourceful Clan Korval and their eclectic allies, picks up on the simultaneous and parallel story lines of ALLIANCE OF EQUALS (2016) and THE GATHERING EDGE (2017)…

As always, this intelligent space opera focuses on matters of manners, honor, duty, and clever repartee; violence is rarely the solution, and subtlety wins out over overt force. For returning fans, it provides thoroughly satisfying progression or resolution for multiple threads and will feel comfortably familiar for fans of Korval’s escapades.

Feb 082018

Cover of Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.Kirkus: Ireland takes the [zombie] genre up a notch with her deft exploration of racial oppression in this alternative Reconstruction-Era America.

With a shrewd, scythe-wielding protagonist of color, Dread Nation is an exciting must-read.