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…

What TBR Pile Books Should I Take to College?

Hello everyone! It’s getting to be the time of year when I pack up my things and move back to Agnes Scott for the school year. Every year, this brings the question: which books will I take with me? I’ve found that in prior years, I’ve tended to bring too many books. Since I am…

Monthly Recap July 2017

Hello everyone! These monthly recaps are a chance for me to go over what books I’ve reviewed this month, what my non-review posts were (here and elsewhere), and what I’ll be reading and reviewing next month. This month, I didn’t have any DNF’s, so I’m going to get straight into what I’m reading and reviewing…

Review of Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer

Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer. ★★★ This short fiction collection contains some of Naomi Kritzer’s short stories from 2011 or before. Unfortunately, I think I prefer her more recent short fiction. That said, I enjoyed seeing her progress as an author. A lot of the stories in the collection involve religion…

Review of The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist

The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang. ★★★1/2 If a queer retelling of The Little Mermaid is of interest, then you should check out The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang. Only, think the Hans Christian Anderson original, not the happily ever after Disney version. Dr. Cadence Mbell has devoted her life to studying the atargati, the sentient, deep sea…

Caliban’s War Read Along Part Four

Things come to a head in this final week of the Caliban’s War read along! Lisa provides this week’s questions, which cover from Chapter 43 to the end of the book. 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. As always,…

Review of The New Voices of Fantasy Edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman

The New Voices of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman. ★★★★ What a great collection! The New Voices of Fantasy is a collection of recent (2010 or later) fantasy short stories by emerging authors, as selected by Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn. I picked the collection up because I already recognized some of…

Review of Bookburners: “Faces of the Beast” by Margaret Dunlap

Bookburners: “Faces of the Beast” by Margaret Dunlap. Season Three: Episode 2. The Orb has flared yet again… but it’s showing signs of magical activity in two different locations: the sea off of New Zealand and a small town in Spain. Team Three’s splitting up to deal with the new threat, with Liam and Father Menchú heading…

Interview and Giveaway with Author April Daniels

I am so excited to bring you an interview with author April Daniels, author the young adult superhero book Dreadnought. Today we’re talking about the sequel, Sovereign, which has just been released. Scroll to the end of the interview for information about the giveaway!

Review of Runtime by S.B. Divya

Runtime by S.B. Divya. ★★★ In a future where America’s class system is even more stratified, Marmeg Guinto is determined to run in the Minerva Sierra Challenge, a day-long race across the Sierra Nevada where all the contestants have cybernetic enhancements. But most of the contestants also have the newest gear and corporate sponsorships. Marmeg has none of these….