Review of Rituals by Roz Kaveney

Rituals by Roz Kaveney. ★★★1/2 Are you looking for queer, unconventional fantasy centered around female characters? Than Rituals by Roz Kaveney is for you. Before I get into a plot synopsis, I think it’s necessary to explain the unusual structure of Rituals. It’s almost more like a collection of novellas or novelettes than a standard book. There’s not really a…

Review of Bookburners: “Time Capsule” by Mur Lafferty

Bookburners: “Time Capsule” by Mur Lafferty. Season Three: Episode 5. This week’s Bookburners was a lot of fun! First off, the Orb is pulsing. There’s not a current magical threat, but something is coming. And Menchú thinks he knows who is behind it all… Meanwhile, Sal’s got a problem of her own. Her parents are visiting Rome. She…

Review of The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu. ★★★1/2 While I never made it through The Grace of Kings, I’ve discovered that I quite like some of Ken Liu’s shorter fiction. The Paper Menagerie is an anthology of his shorter fiction, much of which has science fiction or fantasy elements. The stories tend to be concept focused rather than…

Review of The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember. ★★★ I wanted to read The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember, so when I saw she had another book on Netgalley, I went and requested it. Lesson learned: when you want to read one book by an author, don’t pick up a completely different book instead. You’d think this would be obvious, but…

Review of Bookburners: “All in a Day’s Work” by Brian Frances Slattery

Bookburners: “All in a Day’s Work” by Brian Francis Slattery. Season Three: Episode 4. It’s getting to the point where it’s hard to avoid some spoilers for season two and some prior episodes. Just read with caution, all right? Ashanti’s decided to test the limits in this newest episode of Bookburners, the serialized urban fantasy series…

Review of After the Crown by K.B. Wagers

After the Crown by K.B. Wagers. ★★★ I had a lot of fun with the fist book in the series, Behind the Throne. By comparison, this second book felt like running head first into a brick wall. I lost all sense of fun I had from the first book and had to slog my way through. I spent…

Review of Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey

Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey. ★★★★ Guess what? The protomolecule’s back! Despite an iffy start, I ended up having a lot of fun with the first book in The Expanse series, Leviathan Wakes, so I decided to delve straight into the second book, Caliban’s War, A.K.A. The Return of the Protomolecule. While this book has its own plot line, I…

Review of Bookburners: “Hard Bargain” by Andrea Phillips

Bookburners: “Hard Bargain” by Andrea Phillips. Season Three: Episode 3. The annual invitation to the Market Arcanum has arrived, but Ashanti’s still barred from fieldwork. With Liam and Menchú still recovering from last episode, it’s up to Sal to represent Team Three. Only, she won’t be going alone. Fox assigns Grace to join her. “Hard Bargain” feels…

Review of Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer

Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer. ★★★ This short fiction collection contains some of Naomi Kritzer’s short stories from 2011 or before. Unfortunately, I think I prefer her more recent short fiction. That said, I enjoyed seeing her progress as an author. A lot of the stories in the collection involve religion…

Review of The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist

The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang. ★★★1/2 If a queer retelling of The Little Mermaid is of interest, then you should check out The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang. Only, think the Hans Christian Anderson original, not the happily ever after Disney version. Dr. Cadence Mbell has devoted her life to studying the atargati, the sentient, deep sea…

Review of The New Voices of Fantasy Edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman

The New Voices of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman. ★★★★ What a great collection! The New Voices of Fantasy is a collection of recent (2010 or later) fantasy short stories by emerging authors, as selected by Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn. I picked the collection up because I already recognized some of…

Review of Bookburners: “Faces of the Beast” by Margaret Dunlap

Bookburners: “Faces of the Beast” by Margaret Dunlap. Season Three: Episode 2. The Orb has flared yet again… but it’s showing signs of magical activity in two different locations: the sea off of New Zealand and a small town in Spain. Team Three’s splitting up to deal with the new threat, with Liam and Father Menchú heading…