Author Interview: Lara Elena Donnelly

I loved Lara Elena Donnelly’s debut novel Amberlough, and I loved the sequel, Armistice, just as much. To celebrate the release of Armistice (May 15th!), I’ve brought Lara Elena Donnelly over to talk about Armistice, the Second Book Curse, and writing grief in fiction.

Review of The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst

The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst. ★★★1/2 The Queen of Sorrow is the final book in Durst’s Queens of Renthia trilogy, which you should really read in order. If you’re not familiar with the books, they’re fantasy where humans struggle to survive in a world dominated by cruel and capricious nature spirits. The characters are adults…

Review of Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh. ★★★1/2 I’ve had a lot of bad luck with YA dystopia, but Rebel Seoul turned out to be a gem of the genre. In Neo Seoul, everyone is drafted into the military upon coming of age. Lee Jaewon’s escaped his past as a gang member in the slums of Old Seoul and now attends a…

Review of Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells. ★★★★ If you haven’t read Martha Wells’ All Systems Red, you’re really missing out. This novella series follows Murderbot, a delightfully snarky and anxiety-ridden SecUnit who’s hacked its governor module and gained autonomy over its own actions. Artificial Condition is the second novella in the series, and I would suggest reading in order. Also, this…

Wyrd and Wonder: 10 Queer Fantasy Short Stories

As part of the Wyrd and Wonder blogging event, I want to go through some of my favorite queer fantasy short stories. There’s such a wealth of great short fiction out there, and writing the Queership short fiction column introduced me to so many great queer fantasy short stories. Some of these stories I featured…

Review of Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh

Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh. ★★★★ Since I loved Vandana Singh’s short story collection The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories, I made the decision to read Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories. And what a wonderful decision it was! Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories contains fourteen stories and novelettes. These stories are futuristic…

Wyrd and Wonder: Review of Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly

Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly. ★★★★ In this stunning sequel, Lara Elena Donnelly returns to the shadowy world of her debut novel Amberlough. Be forewarned, I can’t entirely avoid spoilers for Amberlough. Armistice takes place three years after Amberlough, when the Ospies (a fascist regime) have succeeded in taking over Gedda. Armistice follows three expats from Gedda in a nearby country, Porachis: Aristide, Cordelia,…

Wyrd and Wonder: Review of Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Vicious by V.E. Schwab. ★★★1/2 If every villain is the hero of his own story, is every hero the villain of someone else’s story? In Eli, Victor recognized a shared darkness. The college roommates started working together, researching into the origins of extraordinary abilities. A clear pattern emerges: supernatural abilities develop after near death experiences. From theory,…

Author Interview: Emily Devenport on Medusa Uploaded

Ever since I read Emily Devenport’s short story “Postcards from Monster Island,” I knew I had to read more of her work. And then I heard she was having a new science fiction book released, one with a fantastic concept! Medusa Uploaded will be released on May 1st, and I’ve brought Emily Devenport herself in to chat…

April 2018 Monthly Recap

Hello everyone! In this post, I’ll be going over what I read and posted in April and give a preview of what’s to come in May. Before we dive in, I want to note that I’ll be traveling in May and probably won’t be able to respond to comments. It’s not that I don’t care…

Review of Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation. Edited by Ken Liu. ★★★★ I don’t read nearly enough works in translation, so when I heard about Invisible Planets, I knew it was something I needed to read. And overall, I thought it was a pretty great collection! Invisible Planets introduces seven different contemporary Chinese authors, all…