Review of Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. ★★★★ TW: child death Trail of Lightning is perhaps the most anticipated urban fantasy release of the summer, and I’m here to say that it doesn’t disappoint. When climate change caused the oceans to rise faster than anyone expected, Dinétah (once the Navajo reservation) was reborn. It’s gods walked back into the world, but…

Review of Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport

Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport. ★★★★ I really loved this book! It was just so much fun. My biggest problem is that so few people have read it! So go out and get yourself a copy immediately. Oichi’s parents are rebels. At an early age, they provide her with illegal, implanted technology that lets her access all…

Review of Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee

Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee. ★★★★ What am I going to do with my life now that this series is over? I suppose I’m left with no choice but to read everything else Yoon Ha Lee ever writes. Revenant Gun is the third and final book in Lee’s  military space opera, The Machineries of Empire trilogy. I…

Review of Before Mars by Emma Newman

Before Mars by Emma Newman. ★★★★ While Before Mars is the third book in Emma Newman’s Planetfall series, it has a completely new protagonist and functions as a stand alone. You don’t need to have read the prior two novels, but if you’re interested, they’re Planetfall and After Atlas. Anna Kubrin is a geologist, but that’s not why she’s sent to Mars;…

Review of Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. ★★★★1/2 At the battle of Gettysburg, the dead began to walk, changing history forever. Jane McKeene was born only a few days after that historic event, and she has never known a world where humanity isn’t threatened by the ravenous hunger of their own dead. Under the Native and Negro Reeducation Act, Jane and other…

Review of Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh

Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh. ★★★★ Since I loved Vandana Singh’s short story collection The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories, I made the decision to read Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories. And what a wonderful decision it was! Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories contains fourteen stories and novelettes. These stories are futuristic…

Wyrd and Wonder: Review of Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly

Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly. ★★★★ In this stunning sequel, Lara Elena Donnelly returns to the shadowy world of her debut novel Amberlough. Be forewarned, I can’t entirely avoid spoilers for Amberlough. Armistice takes place three years after Amberlough, when the Ospies (a fascist regime) have succeeded in taking over Gedda. Armistice follows three expats from Gedda in a nearby country, Porachis: Aristide, Cordelia,…

Review of Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation. Edited by Ken Liu. ★★★★ I don’t read nearly enough works in translation, so when I heard about Invisible Planets, I knew it was something I needed to read. And overall, I thought it was a pretty great collection! Invisible Planets introduces seven different contemporary Chinese authors, all…

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…

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…

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…