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…

Throwback Thursday: Ring of Swords by Eleanor Arnason

Ring of Swords by Eleanor Arnason. ★★★1/2 Ring of Swords is a classic feminist science fiction novel from 1994. In terms of gender and sexuality, it shows its ages in ways you would expect, but it still holds up as an intriguing first contact novel. Humanity has made contact with only one other sentient people, the Hwarhath, but…

Review of Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens by Eleanor Arnason

Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens by Eleanor Arnason. ★★★1/2 Hwarhath Stories is a truly unique collection. The framing for this short story collection is that humans have made contact with only one other sentient species: the hwarhath. The hwarhath are an alien species with very strict views on gender and sexuality. Their society is divided between men and…

Review of The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt

The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt. ★★★★ It feels like forever since I’ve had so much fun with a book! Callie and the rest of the crew of The White Raven exist far out on the edge of the solar system, doing salvage runs and acting as the closest thing to a police force. Then on a routine salvage…

Review of The Innkeeper Chronicles Volume One by Ilona Andrews

The Innkeeper Chronicles: Volume One by Ilona Andrews. ★★★1/2 I’ve long been a fan of Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniel books, but The Innkeeper Chronicles was the first time I’ve checked out some of their other work. This edition is the first three books in the series bound into one volume. For plot specific commentary, I will divide this review…

Review of This Other World by A.C. Buchanan

This Other World by A.C. Buchanan. ★★★★ What a lovely science fiction novella! It’s a quiet story, and a short read (I read it in under an hour). Because of that, this review will be a bit shorter than normal. Vonika’s an autistic engineer who chose to immigrate to an alien planet. She has built a career…

Review of Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Rosewater by Tade Thompson. ★★★★ Rosewater is one of the most inventive science fiction novels I’ve read in a long time, and I dearly hope it gets more attention. Nigeria, 2066. Kaaro lives in the city of Rosewater, a settlement that grew up around an alien biodome. He spends his days providing psychic protection for a bank, but secretly,…

Review of Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach. ★★★1/2 I was in the mood for something fast paced with a lot of action and preferably explosions. Fortune’s Pawn was a perfect fit. It’s sort of like Guardians of the Galaxy crossed with Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series. Basically, a lot of fun. Devi Morris wants nothing more than to join the elite unit of…

Review of Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson

Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson. ★★★ Trigger warning: Rape Tan-Tan is a young girl living on the Caribbean planet of Toussaint. But the world she lives in is only one dimension of the planet. What happens when she and her father fall into the wilderness of New-Half Way Tree, the alternate dimension where Toussaint sends criminals and exiles?

Review of And All the Stars by Andrea K. Host

And All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst. ★★★1/2 And All the Stars is one of the better YA apocalyptic novels I’ve read. Towers have sprouted from cities around the world, spreading a strange dust. Those who encounter the dust either die or transform… Madeleine Cost is a fifteen year old artist who’s skipping school to go paint a…