Review of Bookburners: “Wax” by Andrea Phillips

Bookburners: “Wax” by Andrea Phillips. Season four, episode 7. Apologies for this review being late! Somehow I keep running behind. Before I dive into this episode, if you’re not familiar with Bookburners, it’s an urban fantasy serial story that I’m quite a fan of! You can see my review of Season One here. Note, this review will…

Review of Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers. ★★★★ I think Record of a Spaceborn Few is my favorite story yet from Becky Chambers. Although set in the same universe as her novels A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit, Record of a Spaceborn Few is an independent story with its own setting and cast. When Earth…

Review of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. ★★★★1/2 The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a delightfully twisty murder mystery with speculative elements. Aiden is repeating the same day over and over again. He has eight tries to solve the mystery of Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder… or his memory will be erased and he will repeat this…

Review of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Lee

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Lee. ★★★1/2 I kept hearing about this YA contemporary fantasy! By the time I picked it up, I’d completely forgotten what I’d heard, at least when it came to what the story was about. For all I knew, the main character was actually a genie! (Guess what: she’s not). So while…

Review of Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie. ★★★ Maybe my expectations were too high, but Hullmetal Girls was a bit of a let down. In the far future, humanity exists on a fleet of generation ships, traveling in search of a habitable planet. The fleet government is determined to maintain unity in the face of a rebellion seeking to split…

July 2018 Short Fiction Reading Part I

Hello everyone! I may have actually read some of these in June (I continue to procrastinate horribly on reviews), but better late than never. “The Wild Ride of the Untamed Stars” by A.J. Fitzwater “The Wild Ride of the Untamed Stars” is a cute story, but I don’t know if it made a lasting impact…

Review of Bookburners: “O’er the Deep Blue Sea” by Margaret Dunlap

Bookburners: “O’er the Deep Blue Sea” by Margaret Dunlap. Season Four: Episode 6. I’ve realized that I haven’t spent a whole lot of time talking about Grace/Sal and queer representation in Bookburners. Today’s episode has a lot of Grace and Sal’s relationship, and I have thoughts to share! But before I get into it, here’s the…

Review of The Future Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente

The Future Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★ I tend to find Valente’s work hit or miss. I cannot emphasize enough how much I adore In the Night Garden, but then I wasn’t able to finish The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. The Future Is Blue thus represents a microcosm of my feelings about Valente’s work: some stories I enjoyed, others…

Review of Bookburners: “Hell Gate Bridge” by Brian Francis Slattery

Bookburners: “Hell Gate Bridge” by Brian Francis Slattery. Season four, episode 5. So much happened in this episode. Like, way more than I expected! I was all like, “Oh yes, this is where the episode will end and this plot thread will be picked up next episode.” And then more happened! So this episode was…

Review of A Ruin of Shadows by L.D. Lewis

A Ruin of Shadows by L.D. Lewis. ★★★★ I loved this story! A Ruin of Shadows is a very quick novella; I read it in an hour, but wow does it make an impression. General Daynja Édo has spent decades building the Boorhian Empire. With her “army” of seven shadows (assassins), she has spent her life in brutal violence. Now,…