Review of The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang

The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang. ★★★★ When I read The Red Threads of Fortune, I was blown away by the intricacy of this fantasy novella. The Black Tides of Heaven was released at the same time, and both novellas stand alone. That said, The Black Tides of Heaven takes place before The Red Threads of Fortune. The story starts out…

Persepolis Rising Read Along Part 1

Hello everyone! I’m participating in a read along of James S.A. Corey’s Persepolis Rising, the seventh book in the Expanse series. However, I’m running behind a bit, so don’t count on consistent posting. If you want to join in (there’s still time!), visit the Goodreads group. Be forewarned — spoilers await below the cut. This week…

Throwback Thursday: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. ★★★ Scalzi’s books can be hit or miss for me, but at least I always find them to be fairly entertaining. On his 75th birthday, John Perry visits his wife’s grave. Then, he signs up to join the Colonial Defense Force, the military branch that protects all of human space from…

Review of No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron. ★★★★ No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished solidifies my love for this urban fantasy series. I went out and got the fourth book practically as soon as I finished. This book is the third installment in the series (go to Nice Dragons Finish Last if you’re just starting), and it’s a series you really…

Review of The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. ★★★1/2 This YA dystopia is pretty different from the rest of its subgenre, in a good way. Frenchie is on the run. His parents and brother have already been taken, grabbed by government agents, shoved in a white van, and driven off to the schools. After years of ecological devastation, a…

Review of Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey

Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey. ★★★★ While it doesn’t match the intensity of Nemesis Games, Babylon’s Ashes is another solid entry into the Expanse series. If you’re unfamiliar with the Expanse, it’s a space opera where humanity has colonized Mars and the asteroid belt. Political intrigue, war, and some extraterrestrial discoveries make this a very exciting series. I’ve been…

Review of Tremontaine: “A City’s Favor”

Tremontaine: “A City’s Favor” by Racheline Maltese, Tessa Gratton, Joel Derfner, Karen Lord, Ellen Kushner, and Paul Witcover. Season three, episode 13. Welcome to the final episode of Tremontaine, season three. It’s been one heck of a ride, and I’m going to miss these weekly posts. Before I get too weepy about the end of the…

Review of The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler

The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler. ★★★★1/2 The last book in Wexler’s Shadow Campaign series, The Infernal Battalion doesn’t disappoint. Look. I can’t talk about The Infernal Battalion without talking about the previous books. The series starts with The Thousand Names, and it only improves from there. It’s a military fantasy series that is super great about including queer characters and female…

2017 Reading Overview and Statistics

I read 167 books this year, which is about thirty less than last year. I’m not sure if there’s a reason for the decline, although I suspect that 167 is about normal for me and that 2016 was just a strangely high number of books read. Anyway, this post will be some statistics about my…

Review of Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus

Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus. ★★★1/2 Buffalo Soldier is a steampunk style novella that had a fun world but might have benefited from more focus on plot and characters. Former secret agent Desmond Coke is on the run from his own government, who are hunting him after he rescued a boy, Lij Tafari, they were keeping and using for their…

Review of Between Worlds by Martha Wells

Between Worlds: The Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories by Martha Wells. ★★★1/2 Between Worlds collects various stories set in Martha Wells’s worlds of Ile-Rien and Cineth. Ile-Rien was introduced in Martha Wells’s first published book, The Element of Fire (it’s also the setting of one of my favorite Wells’ novels, Death of the Necromancer). In the novel The Wizard Hunters, Martha…

Review of Tremontaine: “Surrounded” by Joel Derfner

Tremontaine: “Surrounded” by Joel Derner. Season three, episode 12. “Surrounded” may very well be my favorite episode of season three. Unless episode thirteen pulls out some really spectacular moves, that is. The action of “Surrounded” centers around an attack on Rafe’s school.  The university students who’ve been graffiti his walls and breaking his windows have…