Review of Robots vs. Fairies Edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. ★★★★ After The Starlit Wood, I had high expectations for any anthology edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. Thankfully, Robots vs. Fairies lived up to those expectations. In this anthology, authors are asked whether they’re Team Robot or Team Fairy. Each writes a story involving robots or fairies (or…

December 2017 Recap

Goodbye to 2017! I’ll be having an official, end of the year recap post up soon, but for now, you’ve got this recap for the month of December. Somehow the interesting links section ended up super small this month. I don’t know if I’ve been reading less interesting articles or if I’ve just forgotten to…

December 2017 SFF Short Fiction Reading IV

More short stories! I’m trying to get through some of my 2017 bookmarks to have a more expanse list of recommendations for the year. Let’s see how it goes. I mean, there’s no way I’ll ever be able to read all of the short genre fiction published in 2017.

Favorite 2017 SFF Releases

While 2017 hasn’t been a great year in a lot of ways (oh so many ways), it has been a pretty good year for books. Especially science fiction and fantasy. As always, it’s incredibly hard to narrow it down to a list of favorites, but I’m giving it a go. All of these books are…

Review of Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer. ★★★★ I’m so glad I finally got around to reading Borne. In fact, I think I liked it even more than Annihilation. Rachel is a twenty-six-year-old woman making her living as a scavenger in a nameless city. The city once played host to the Company, which created all sorts of biotech. Ultimately, the Company created…

Throwback Thursday: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. ★★ Like The Golden Compass, I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as part of my job as a course tutor for a college first year seminar on gender and leadership in young adult fantasy. This context obviously effected my experience of the book and this resulting review….

Review of An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King

An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King. ★★★★ The Handmaid’s Tale is an apt comparison for An Excess Male, a dystopic sci-fi novel that extrapolates the results of China’s One Child Policy. An Excess Male centers around one family and Wei-guo, an “excess male” who hopes to join that family. In the future imagined by King, China has turned to polyandry…

Review of Monstress: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

Monstress: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda. ★★★★ TW: Childhood abuse You know what I love? Stories! Know what else I love? Art! Those two things being true, it’s really surprising that I don’t end up reading more comic books and graphic novels. As it stands, I really love the ones I do read. Then…

December 2017 SFF Short Fiction Reading Part III

Hello! I’m mixing it up a little bit more this week. Some of these are from the Quick Sips Rec list, some are stories I had bookmarked, and some I chose on the spur of the moment. I want to make my own “2017 Recommended Short Fiction” list so I’ve got a lot of reading…

Review of The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin. ★★★★1/2 The Stone Sky is a phenomenal end to one of the best fantasy trilogies I’ve ever read. Seriously, this series is amazing. If you haven’t read The Fifth Season (aka book one), then you need to get on that right now. And yes, this is a series you need to read in…

Review of Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns

Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns.  ★★★1/2 Interested in a novel where lesbian space pirates fight a rogue AI? Then Barbary Station is the book for you. Adda and Iridian decided that the best hope for their future lies in piracy. How else could they pay off their student debt? So they concoct a plan to get in with a…

Throwback Thursday: The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. ★★★1/2 When I was growing up, everyone told me that I had to read Harry Potter. Being a stubborn child, I naturally resisted, until my sister’s copy was the only thing left to read on a family vacation. Turns out there was a reason everyone was telling me to read…