Review of Bookburners: Bubbles of Earth by Max Gladstone

Bookburners: “Bubbles of Earth” by Max Gladstone. Season Three: Episode 1. That high school art history class pays off, with the new Bookburners episode taking us to the Lascaux caves! It appears there’s a considerable time gap since the end of season two, but I’m not sure by how much. At least six months. Maybe a year?…

Review of The Best of Subterranean edited by William Schafer

The Best of Subterranean edited by William Schafer. ★★★ Short fiction collections always have stories that are a mix of quality and taste, but by and large I found The Best of Subterranean to be disappointing. The majority of stories didn’t work for me at all. By far my favorite story in the collection was by Ted Chiang, which…

Review of Bookburners: The Complete Season Two

Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Brian Francis Slattery, Andrea Phillips, Mur Lafferty, and Amal El-Mohtar. ★★★★ I’ve finally caught up with season two of Bookburners! This urban fantasy series by Max Gladstone is a Serial Box story. Serial Box creates serial fiction akin to television seasons. Various different “episodes” make up seasons. Each episode has it’s own…

Review of Sovereign by April Daniels

Sovereign by April Daniels. ★★★1/2 Danny is back in this sequel to YA superhero book Dreadnought. Sovereign has it’s own plotline, but it continues the threat of Nemesis and Danny’s character growth. Thus, I’d recommend reading the series in order. Nine months after Danny debuted as Dreadnought and publicly came out as lesbian and transgender, she’s stretched to the breaking…

Review of The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst

The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst. ★★★★ While you can theoretically read The Reluctant Queen as a stand alone, I suggest reading Queen of Blood first. Six months ago, Daleina became queen after all the other viable heirs were killed by the spirits. Now, she’s dying. A diagnosis of a fatal disease gives her three months to find an heir…

Review of The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden. ★★★1/2 The Prey of Gods combines futuristic South Africa with hallucinogenic drugs, ancient demi-goddesses, and AI revolts. It’s an eclectic collection that makes for a truly unique science fiction story. The best comparison I can think of is Neil Gaiman crossed with Lauren Beukes. Sydney’s a demi-goddess who thrives off…

Review of The Harbors of the Sun by Martha Wells

The Harbors of the Sun by Martha Wells. ★★★★ The fourth Raksura book, The Edge of Worlds, left off on a cliffhanger. The Harbors of the Sun, the fifth and final Raksura book, picked up where it left off. To read The Harbors of the Sun, you need to have at least read The Edge of Worlds, if not have started…

Review of The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss. ★★★★ In The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss mixes together some popular literature of the 19th century (particularly science fiction and horror) with an emphasis on female characters. The story opens with Mary Jekyll burying her mother. Her mother’s death has left her penniless, and she…

Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. ★★★★ Trigger warning: Sexual assault Parable of the Talents somehow manages to be even darker than the first book, Parable of the Sower. Of course, I knew it’d be dark. Octavia Butler’s work is always intense. But even prepared for it, Parable of the Talents was difficult to read in places. Like it’s predecessor, Parable…

Review of The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★1/2 Catherynne Valente tackles gendered superhero tropes with this collection of six stories. The girls of the Hell Hath Club are dead, but they’ve found each other for company is the strange expanse of Deadtown. They gather together, drink Styx water, and commiserate about their lives and deaths. Superheroines,…

Review of Shattered Minds by Laura Lam

Shattered Minds by Laura Lam. ★★★★ Shattered Minds is a near future, science fiction thriller set in the same world as Laura Lam’s False Hearts. However, it’s a completely separate story with its own plot and cast of characters. The two books can be read in any order. Carina’s mind is unraveling. Once a talented neuroscientist, she’s now a…

Review of Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee. ★★★★ Last year, I read and loved Ninefox Gambit, a stunning military space opera. This year, I had the pleasure of reading the sequel, Raven Stratagem, and may have loved it even more than the first book. I highly encourage you to read these books, but they need to be read in order….