Review of Bookburners: “Time Capsule” by Mur Lafferty

Bookburners: “Time Capsule” by Mur Lafferty. Season Three: Episode 5. This week’s Bookburners was a lot of fun! First off, the Orb is pulsing. There’s not a current magical threat, but something is coming. And Menchú thinks he knows who is behind it all… Meanwhile, Sal’s got a problem of her own. Her parents are visiting Rome. She…

Review of The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu. ★★★1/2 While I never made it through The Grace of Kings, I’ve discovered that I quite like some of Ken Liu’s shorter fiction. The Paper Menagerie is an anthology of his shorter fiction, much of which has science fiction or fantasy elements. The stories tend to be concept focused rather than…

Review of The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember. ★★★ I wanted to read The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember, so when I saw she had another book on Netgalley, I went and requested it. Lesson learned: when you want to read one book by an author, don’t pick up a completely different book instead. You’d think this would be obvious, but…

Abaddon’s Gate Read Along Part Two

Wow, so much happened this week that I’m not sure I can process it all. But backing up, let’s get through the weekly house keeping before we dive into the fun stuff. This is the second part of Abaddon’s Gate in our read along of The Expanse series, and you should check the tag for prior posts in…

Review of Bookburners: “All in a Day’s Work” by Brian Frances Slattery

Bookburners: “All in a Day’s Work” by Brian Francis Slattery. Season Three: Episode 4. It’s getting to the point where it’s hard to avoid some spoilers for season two and some prior episodes. Just read with caution, all right? Ashanti’s decided to test the limits in this newest episode of Bookburners, the serialized urban fantasy series…

Review of After the Crown by K.B. Wagers

After the Crown by K.B. Wagers. ★★★ I had a lot of fun with the fist book in the series, Behind the Throne. By comparison, this second book felt like running head first into a brick wall. I lost all sense of fun I had from the first book and had to slog my way through. I spent…

August and September 2017 SFF Releases

New books! I’m about at the end of the 2017 summer releases, so it’s time for a new list of upcoming science fiction and fantasy books. Here are some of the stories I’m excited about.

Review of Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey

Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey. ★★★★ Guess what? The protomolecule’s back! Despite an iffy start, I ended up having a lot of fun with the first book in The Expanse series, Leviathan Wakes, so I decided to delve straight into the second book, Caliban’s War, A.K.A. The Return of the Protomolecule. While this book has its own plot line, I…

Abaddon’s Gate Read Along Part One

The Expanse Read Along continues with book three, Abaddon’s Gate! For my prior posts in this read along, check the tag. To see everyone else’s posts and even join in the discussion yourself, head over to the Goodreads group. This week’s questions are by Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow and cover from the prologue through…

August 2017 SFF Short Fiction Reading Part One

I’ll admit, I read most of these stories in July, but my posting schedule didn’t leave me with a free day for short stories any sooner. Many of these are from the recommendations for queer short stories I received on Twitter (I’m still going through them!), although I’ve been exploring other stories as well.

Review of Bookburners: “Hard Bargain” by Andrea Phillips

Bookburners: “Hard Bargain” by Andrea Phillips. Season Three: Episode 3. The annual invitation to the Market Arcanum has arrived, but Ashanti’s still barred from fieldwork. With Liam and Menchú still recovering from last episode, it’s up to Sal to represent Team Three. Only, she won’t be going alone. Fox assigns Grace to join her. “Hard Bargain” feels…