Review of Rogue Protocal by Martha Wells

Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells. ★★★★ Hooray, more Murderbot! Seriously, if you’re expecting this review to be much more than that, you’re not going to get it. Sorry, that’s just the way it is. I am a complete Murderbot fangirl. If you’re not familiar with this excellent novella series, go read All Systems Red right now. After the events…

Throwback Thursday: Bone and Jewel Creatures by Elizabeth Bear

Bone and Jewel Creatures by Elizabeth Bear. ★★★★ This little novella is probably one of my favorite things Elizabeth Bear has ever written. Bijou the Artificer is a wizard of Messaline, and she has remained such for over eighty years. Now, near the end of her life when she only wants to create her fantastical metal animals in…

Review of Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers. ★★★★ I think Record of a Spaceborn Few is my favorite story yet from Becky Chambers. Although set in the same universe as her novels A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit, Record of a Spaceborn Few is an independent story with its own setting and cast. When Earth…

Review of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. ★★★★1/2 The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a delightfully twisty murder mystery with speculative elements. Aiden is repeating the same day over and over again. He has eight tries to solve the mystery of Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder… or his memory will be erased and he will repeat this…

Review of A Ruin of Shadows by L.D. Lewis

A Ruin of Shadows by L.D. Lewis. ★★★★ I loved this story! A Ruin of Shadows is a very quick novella; I read it in an hour, but wow does it make an impression. General Daynja Édo has spent decades building the Boorhian Empire. With her “army” of seven shadows (assassins), she has spent her life in brutal violence. Now,…

Review of Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys

Review of Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys. ★★★★ Like its predecessor, Deep Roots is a lovely, slower-paced novel working with Lovecraftian mythos. While I do think you should read the previous book, Winter Tide, before Deep Roots, this review will largely avoid spoilers for Winter Tide. Aphra Marsh and her brother Caleb are the only survivors of the United States government’s raid…

Review of Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace. ★★★★ Have you read Archivist Wasp? If you haven’t, you really should. It’s a striking, post-apocalyptic, ghost-hunting body novel that tells a deeply intense story without even a hint of romance. Latchkey is a follow-up, taking place three years later. I strongly suggest reading Archivist Wasp first, and this review will contain spoilers for Archivist Wasp. The girl once…

Review of The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine Faris King

The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine Faris King. ★★★★ Imagine a retelling of the frame story of One Thousand and One Nights, where Scheherazade tells stories each night to avoid death. I’ve seen retellings of this tale before, but Catherine Faris King may have written my favorite. The Ninety-Ninth Bride is a young adult fantasy novel that reads like a cross between The…

Review of Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. ★★★★ Prime Meridian is a lovely, quiet science fiction novella. Amelia is a lonely woman, drifting through an unsatisfying life in Mexico City. She’s wound up living with her bossy older sister and her two nieces in one cramped apartment, while she works a series of odd temp jobs, mostly as someone…

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…