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…

Review of Not So Stories edited by David Thomas Moore

Not So Stories edited by David Thomas Moore. ★★★1/2 Not So Stories is a collection that’s working off the legacy of Kipling’s famous Just So Stories, which is a classic children’s book deeply rooted in colonialism. Not So Stories addresses this problematic legacy by creating an anthology of fable-like stories all by authors of color, from the colonized nations Kipling was…

Review of Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller. ★★★★ Blackfish City is an incredibly immersive science fiction novel that’s likely to be one of my favorite books of 2018. In an ecologically devastated future, floating cities are created to house refugees from flooded nations. One such city is Qaanaaq, situated near the Arctic Circle. The city is governed mainly by various…

March 2018 Monthly Recap

Hello everyone! March continues to be super busy for me, and it’s looking likely that April and May will be the same way. I took a week hiatus this month to catch up on reviews, so posts were a little bit scanty. I’m happy to say that April will be getting back to three reviews…

Review of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. ★★★1/2 The night of the Raid, magic disappeared and the king took the chance to kill all mages, including Zélie Adebola’s mother. Zélie and other diviners (mage-born children who’s magic has not woken) were left orphaned and brutally oppressed. Any diviner who cannot pay the ever increasing diviner specific taxes…

Serial Box Updates! Tremontaine! Bookburners!

Remember how I reviewed each episode of season three Tremontaine and Bookburners? Well, they’ve now been bundled together into omnibuses! Head over to the Serial Box site for more information. Seasons one of Tremontaine, Bookburners, and ReMade are also going to be on sale through April 5th. I’m not that familiar with ReMade (though I know it’s young adult science fiction),…

Review of The Sisters Mederos by Patrice Sarath

The Sisters Mederos by Patrice Sarath. ★★★ While I ultimately wished for more from The Sisters Mederos, the strong pacing did keep me entertained. Yvienne and Tesara Mederos are the daughters of a fallen merchant house. Their family was once one of the wealthiest and most prominent in Port Saint Frey, but after an uninsured ship is lost at…

Review of The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard. ★★★1/2 Are you interested reading a gender-bent version of Sherlock Holmes? Where Watson is also a sentient spaceship? Then I suggest you get yourself a copy of The Tea Master and the Detective, a novella by Aliette de Bodard. The Shadow’s Child has lost most of her family and…

Review of Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron

Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron. ★★★★ As the last in a five book series, I would not suggest coming into Last Dragon Standing unfamiliar with the preceding books. Although Last Dragon Standing didn’t entirely live up to my expectations, the Heartstriker series remains one of my favorite urban fantasy series out there. If you haven’t read it, I would strongly…

Review of Regeneration by Stacey Berg

Regeneration by Stacey Berg. ★★★ Regeneration is the sequel to the post-apocalyptic novel, Dissension. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Regeneration as much as its predecessor. As Regeneration starts where Dissension left off, I think this is a series that needs to be read in order. Also, I can’t figure out a way to do any sort of plot synopsis without spoiling Dissension. So be warned, spoilers follow from…

Review of Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. ★★★★ I already considered Carmen Maria Machado to be one of my favorite short fiction authors, and this collection just confirms that opinion. The stories in Her Body and Other Parties are queer, sexual, innovative, and feminist, usually with some sort of speculative fiction element, although not one that can…