Throwback Thursday: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. ★★★ Before anything else, I’ve got to talk about the context in which I read The Golden Compass. I’m course tutoring a first year seminar on gender and leadership in YA fantasy, and I completed all the assigned readings so I’d best be able to help the students with their papers….

Review of Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron

Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron. ★★★ Sea of Strangers is the sequel to Erica Cameron’s YA, survival oriented fantasy Island of Exiles. This is a series you definitely need to read in order, so head on over to my review of Island of Exiles if you’re not familiar with it. While  Sea of Strangers had a bit of middle-of-the-trilogy slump, this is…

Review of Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy

Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak. ★★★ Where the Stars Rise is a short story anthology that didn’t quite meet my high expectations. Where the Stars Rise collects twenty-three short stories from authors living in Asia or who are part of the Asian diaspora. I was already familiar…

Review of Provenance By Ann Leckie

Provenance by Ann Leckie. ★★★1/2 Provenance is a new, stand alone novel set in the same world as the Imperial Radch trilogy, a stunning space opera story that begins with Ancillary Justice. However, you absolutely do not have need to have read the Imperial Radch trilogy. Provenance takes place on a new planet and has a new cast. Readers who found…

Review of Like a Boss by Adam Rakunas

Like a Boss by Adam Rakunas. ★★★1/2 Like a Boss is the sequel to Adam Rakunas’s rousing sci-fi novel, Windswept. I’m not sure if I enjoyed it quite as much as the first book, but it was a good companion when I was sick in bed with a cold. Former Union organizer Padma Mehta has finally achieved her dream:…

Review of Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz. ★★★ Unfortunately, Autonomous did not live up to my hopes. This vision of the future is a corporate dystopia that’s sometimes a bit too eerily close to our lives today. After the creation of self aware AI’s, laws changed to allow them to be legally indentured until they’d worked off the price of their creation….

Review of Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter

Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter. ★★★1/2 For the last century, companies have been creating and exploiting gems — genetically modified people. Gems have recently been granted freedom from the corporations, but questions as to their legal status and place in society still have to be answered. The European Union is holding a conference to determine how the law…

Review of Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis by Andy Weir. ★★★1/2 Confession: I didn’t finish The Martian. Look, I blame it on the audio book, okay? I might have done better if I’d read it as text. Anyway, the good news is that I got more enjoyment out of Andy Weir’s second novel, Artemis. Sure, it’s not without its flaws, but after a somewhat slow…

Review of Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey

Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey. ★★★1/2 Cibola Burn is the fourth book in The Expanse series, a sci-fi series that’s getting increasingly more “space opera” like. If your not familiar with the series, you should head over to my review of the first book, Leviathan Wakes, because there have been some huge developments since the start of the…

Throwback Thursday: Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane

Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane. ★★★ Diana Duane’s written some of my favorite stories, but even though she’s got her hits, Omnitopia Dawn also shows she’s got some misses. Essentially, Omnitopia Dawn is the story of feuding CEOs. Dev Logan used to run a company with his friend Phil. But after a bitter argument, Dev left the company and the two…

Review of An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard. ★★★1/2 An Unkindness of Magicians might not have been quite as good as I’d hoped, but then again, I had a lot of hopes for this new stand alone fantasy from Kat Howard. In New York City, houses of magicians rise and fall during the Turning, a series of duels that…

Review of The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: Self harm The Murders of Molly Southbourne is a story that works perfectly for its novella length. Whenever Molly bleeds, a copy of herself is created. The Mollies may be friendly at first, but within a few days, they’ll inevitably turn vicious and try to kill the…