September SFF Short Fiction

As with books in general, I haven’t been reading as much short fiction this month. Life is busy, ya’ll! But I did read a few stories, and I’m pleased to share those with you.

Review of The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken

The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken ★★1/2 There are two things you should know about me: I love science fiction and fantasy novels… and I also adore heist stories. So stories that combine the two? I have a desperate desire for. That being said, The Quantum Magician should have been a slam dunk. A far-future sci-fi story about…

Review of Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction

Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction edited by Irene Gallo. ★★★★ I’ve been generally impressed with Tor.com’s fiction, but I’m always running behind on their short stories. When I saw this “Best of” anthology up on Netgalley, I thought it was the perfect chance to catch up. And so far, Worlds Seen in Passing is…

Review of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. ★★1/2 I have so little to say about The Hazel Wood. Largely, this review will come down to this comment, “All style, no substance.” Alice has spent most of her life traveling the road with her mother, driving out of town whenever bad luck hits. But after the death of her grandmother,…

Review of A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna. ★★★★ Years ago, I read Sangu Mandanna’s debut novel. While I wasn’t exactly blown away, I thought it’d be worth returning to her work later on in her career. So when I heard about her second book, A Spark of White Fire, a young adult sci-fi novel inspired by the Mahabharata,…

Review of Daughters of a Forgotten Light by Sean Grigsby

Daughters of the Forgotten Light. ★★1/2 Do you ever read a book and feel like you might have liked the storyline better if it was written by someone else? That’s sort of what I felt about Daughters of Forgotten Light. In a future devastated by an unexpected ice age and constant war over resources, mothers have total…

Review of Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews. ★★★★ Magic Triumphs is the last book in the Kate Daniels series, my all-time favorite urban fantasy series. What am I going to do without more Kate Daniels books to look forward to? As with any last book in a beloved series, reading Magic Triumphs was a bittersweet experience. In the prologue to Magic Triumphs,…

Review of The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. ★★★★ I’d really loved some of Mary Robinette Kowal’s short fiction, but I’d yet to find a novel of hers I quite as much adored. The Calculating Stars changes that. The Calculating Stars takes an alternate history route to the United States’ space program; in the 1950’s, a giant meteorite obliterates Washington, D.C….

Author Interview: Tade Thompson on Rosewater

In January 2017, I read a mindblowing science fiction novel: Tade Thompson’s Rosewater, published by the small press Apex Book Company. Yesterday, Rosewater was re-released by Orbit books, and I hope you will all take the opportunity to discover this fantastic novel! I am also honored to bring you this interview with the author of Rosewater himself, Tade Thompson.

Review of Shades Within Us: Tales of Migration and Fractured Borders

Shades Within Us: Tales of Migration and Fractured Borders edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law. ★★★1/2 As you can tell from the subtitle, Shades Within Us is a speculative fiction short story anthology about migration, immigration, and refugees. The collection mixes authors I’m already familiar with (Karin Lowachee, Seanan McGuire, S.L. Huang, Rich Larson) with plenty of…