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 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…

Review of The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark. ★★★★ What a great story! The Black God’s Drums is a steampunk novella following Creeper, a girl in the free and neutral city of New Orleans. She’s a street urchin living in a hidey-hole near the airfield, watching the airships come and go and dreaming of seeing the world. When…

Review of The Dreaming Stars by Tim Pratt

The Dreaming Stars by Tim Pratt. ★★★★ Tim Pratt’s The Wrong Stars was exactly the sort of book I was looking for — a fun space opera with some truly great aliens and queer protagonists. The Dreaming Stars is everything I could ask for from a sequel. However, if you haven’t read The Wrong Stars I suggest you go pick up a copy…

August SFF Short Fiction: The Uncanny Dinosaur Issue

Today’s short fiction all comes from one place: the Uncanny Magazine dinosaur special issue! Most of you probably don’t know this, but growing up I was a dinosaur fanatic. I’ve still got a plastic T-Rex that lives on top of my bookcase. So when I heard Uncanny was doing a dinosaur themed issue, I was…

Review of The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams

The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams. ★★1/2 Do you love action sequences? If so, then this is the book for you! The mysterious Pulse swept across the universe, infecting worlds with various levels of technology-killing radiation, putting some planets pre-spaceflight or even pre-electricity. But alongside the Pulse, something else happened… children started to be born with…

Review of Bookburners: “Alexandria Leaving” by Max Gladstone

Bookburners: “Alexandria Leaving” by Max Gladstone. Season four, episode 10. The final episode of the season is upon us. Team Three heads to Alexandria, where they’ve got to protect the Library from an imminent invasion. Spoilers for previous episodes of Bookburners will follow. The Team’s all ready to defend the Library of Alexandria, but how…