Review of I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis

I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis. ★★ I requested this novella on Netgalley because of how much I’d enjoyed some of Connie Willis’s other work, namely To Say Nothing of the Dog and The Doomsday Book. That turned out to be a mistake. Jim is in New York to talk to publishers about a…

Review of Head On by John Scalzi

Head On by John Scalzi. ★★★★ While Head On is a sequel to Scalzi’s earlier science fiction novel, Lock In , it’s a stand alone mystery story. Still, I would suggest starting with Lock In so you can get to know the world and characters before diving into Head On. FBI Agent Chris Shane is watching a live game of hilketa, where players…

Review of Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys. ★★★★ What a lovely novel. It took me a while to get into Winter Tide, but once I did, I enjoyed it immensely. Aphra and her brother Marsh are the only survivor of the government’s 1928 Innsmouth. In the desert camps, Aphra watched family, friends and neighbors die, far from the sea and the…

Author Interview: Emma Newman on Before Mars

Hello everyone! Three years ago, I read a book called Planetfall. It was amazing. Wonderous. Superb. I still consider it to be one of the best science fiction novels I’ve ever read. And then the author, Emma Newman, released another science fiction book, After Atlas. And guess what? It was also incredible. On April 17th, Emma Newman…

Review of The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. ★★★★★ TW: self harm, sexual violence, war crimes I loved this book. I cannot get over how amazing it is. The best comparison I can think of is N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, which really says something, doesn’t it? Rin is an orphaned peasant girl in the backwater Rooster Province, but despite all…

Review of The Heartreader’s Secret by Kate McIntyre

The Heartreader’s Secret by Kate McIntyre. ★★★★ The Heartreader’s Secret is the third in Kate McIntyre’s Faraday Files series, a queer fantasy mystery series. I do suggest reading the books in order, so starting with The Deathsniffer’s Assistant. I don’t think I can fully avoid spoilers for the previous two books in this review, so head on over to The…

Throwback Thursday: Serpentine by Cindy Pon

Serpentine by Cindy Pon. ★★★ I was not a fan of Cindy Pon’s debut book, Silver Phoenix, but I also figured, “It’s a debut book, and her writing will probably improve over time.” With that in mind, I finally checked out Serpentine from the library. And guess what? I liked it better than Silver Phoenix! Skybright is sixteen-years-old and handmaiden…

Author Interview: Kate McIntyre on The Heartreader’s Secret

Nearly two years ago, I hosted my first ever interview, which was with Kate McIntyre on The Timeseer’s Gambit.  Now Kate McIntyre talk is back to about the third book in her fantasy mystery series, The Heartreader’s Secret! The Heartreader’s Secret will be released on April 12th. If you’re unfamiliar with the Faraday series, you should immediately find yourself a…

Review of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12 edited by Jonathan Strahan. ★★★★ Do you like short fiction? Short SFF? Do you feel like you’ve fallen behind with last year’s stories? Then this is the collection for you! Buckle up your seat belts, because you’re in for a long ride. I mostly skipped over…