Review of Extraction by BR Sanders

Extraction by B.R. Sanders.  ★★★ Extraction is a loose sequel to B.R. Sanders earlier fantasy novel, Resistance. When I say “loose,” I mean it. You don’t need to have read Resistance first, since Extraction mostly focuses on new characters. It’s also set in the same world as B.R. Sanders’ most popular work, Ariah. Rethnali is a young (and newly appointed) captain of a…

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 Tremontaine: “My Life for Your Life” by Tessa Gratton

Tremontaine: “My Life for Your Life” by Tessa Gratton. Season three, episode 6. Break out the party hats! Rafe say’s he’s done with Florian! Now let’s just hope he sticks to it and doesn’t get swayed by Florian’s pretty face again. I think it’s fairly likely Rafe will kept to his “no more Florian” vow. For…

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 Tremontaine: “Every Face a Forgery” by Paul Witcover

Tremontaine: “Every Face a Forgery” by Paul Witcover. Season three, episode five. Lots happens in today’s episode! Rafe has some successes with his school; he’s found a possible building. He’s also realizing that Florian has got some issues. However, I don’t think Rafe yet has any clue of the depth and breadth of Florian’s “issues.”…

Review of Tremontaine: “Night of the Flames” by Joel Derfner

Tremontaine: “Night of the Flames” by Joel Derfner. Season three, episode 4. The siege of Riverside has ended, and everything is back to normal, or so it appears. This episode takes place during the night of the flames, a holiday I can recall from The Fall of the Kings. It’s a raucous celebration relating to life…

Review of Tremontaine: The Bridge by Karen Lord

Tremontaine: “The Bridge” by Karen Lord. Season three, episode 3. Riverside is still under siege. The residents had assumed that the City Watch would leave after a day or so, but nope. They’re still not letting anyone in or out. And the residents of Riverside are getting anxious — every day the siege continues, they’re…

Review of Jade City by Fonda Lee

Jade City by Fonda Lee. ★★★★ I had a lot of fun with Jade City! The story starts off slow, but by the second half, I was having trouble putting it down. Over twenty years ago, the island nation of Kekon won their freedom through the feats of the Green Bone warriors and their loyal Lantern Men. Now, Kekon…

Tremontaine: “The Siege of Riverside” by Tessa Gratton

Tremontaine: “The Siege of Riverside” by Tessa Gratton. Season three, episode 2. If last episode focused mainly on the hill, episode two brings the center of attention back to Riverside. The city watch has retreated, leaving destruction in their wake, but they’re not gone for good. Instead, they’ve barricaded all the bridges into Riverside and…

Review of Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman

Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman. ★★★★ Weaver’s Lament is the second installment in a series of novellas set in a fantastical alternate history, where magic meets Victorian England. If your not familiar with the series, the first book is Brother’s Ruin. I would suggest reading the series in order. When Charlotte receives a letter from her brother Ben begging…

Review of Tremontaine: “Ambition” by Ellen Kushner

Tremontaine: “Ambition” by Ellen Kushner. Season three: Episode 1. Tremontaine season three is live, and I’m going to be reviewing it episode by episode! If you’re not familiar with Tremontaine, it’s a fabulous queer fantasy of manners serial story set in Ellen Kushner’s Riverside. Picture political, sword fights, and a primarily LGBTQ cast. I do think it’s a…