Review of The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova. ★★★1/2 I have no idea why I didn’t like The Alchemists of Loom more. It has a lot of the elements I want out of a book… but for whatever reason, it just never landed. Once Loom was a free world, but then it was conquered by the Dragons in the world…

Caliban’s War Read Along Part Three

Welcome back to our read along of The Expanse series! This week we’re reading chapters 28 to 42 of Caliban’s War, the second book in the series. My prior posts for this read along can be found in “The Expanse Read Along” tag, and the other participants can be found in the Goodreads group. I’ve provided…

Author Interview: Sarah Beth Durst

Earlier this month, Sarah Beth Durst returned to the world of Renthia with the new novel, The Reluctant Queen. Today she’s joining us for an interview about her fantastical Queens of Renthia series.

Review of Bookburners: Bubbles of Earth by Max Gladstone

Bookburners: “Bubbles of Earth” by Max Gladstone. Season Three: Episode 1. That high school art history class pays off, with the new Bookburners episode taking us to the Lascaux caves! It appears there’s a considerable time gap since the end of season two, but I’m not sure by how much. At least six months. Maybe a year?…

Review of The Best of Subterranean edited by William Schafer

The Best of Subterranean edited by William Schafer. ★★★ Short fiction collections always have stories that are a mix of quality and taste, but by and large I found The Best of Subterranean to be disappointing. The majority of stories didn’t work for me at all. By far my favorite story in the collection was by Ted Chiang, which…

Review of The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi. ★★★1/2 The Collapsing Empire is a promising start to a new space opera series. Relative to the rest of the genre, it’s also fairly short and easy to read. In the future, far flung human settlements are united by one thing: the Flow. While not well understood by scientists, the Flow is…

Review of Bookburners: The Complete Season Two

Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Brian Francis Slattery, Andrea Phillips, Mur Lafferty, and Amal El-Mohtar. ★★★★ I’ve finally caught up with season two of Bookburners! This urban fantasy series by Max Gladstone is a Serial Box story. Serial Box creates serial fiction akin to television seasons. Various different “episodes” make up seasons. Each episode has it’s own…

Caliban’s War Read Along Part Two

Mysteries await in the second week of the Caliban’s War read along! Check the Goodreads thread for everyone else’s posts and “The Expanse Read Along” tag for my prior posts in this read along. This week covers chapters thirteen to twenty-seven, and questions are provided by Imyril at x+1. Spoilers below the cut!

Review of Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner. ★★★1/2 At last, the fifth book in The Queen’s Thief series! While this book can theoretically be read independently, the previous books are good too so why not start with them? The series starts with The Thief, but the second book, The Queen of Attolia, remains my favorite. After the debacle in…

Review of Sovereign by April Daniels

Sovereign by April Daniels. ★★★1/2 Danny is back in this sequel to YA superhero book Dreadnought. Sovereign has it’s own plotline, but it continues the threat of Nemesis and Danny’s character growth. Thus, I’d recommend reading the series in order. Nine months after Danny debuted as Dreadnought and publicly came out as lesbian and transgender, she’s stretched to the breaking…

Review of Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. ★★★1/2 Leviathan Wakes had been languishing on my TBR pile for at least a year before I picked it up for a read along. And I’m glad I finally got to it. While it has room to be improved, Leviathan Wakes is a darn good, rollicking science fiction story. Several hundred years in the…