Review of Bookburners: “O’er the Deep Blue Sea” by Margaret Dunlap

Bookburners: “O’er the Deep Blue Sea” by Margaret Dunlap. Season Four: Episode 6. I’ve realized that I haven’t spent a whole lot of time talking about Grace/Sal and queer representation in Bookburners. Today’s episode has a lot of Grace and Sal’s relationship, and I have thoughts to share! But before I get into it, here’s the…

Review of Bookburners: “Hell Gate Bridge” by Brian Francis Slattery

Bookburners: “Hell Gate Bridge” by Brian Francis Slattery. Season four, episode 5. So much happened in this episode. Like, way more than I expected! I was all like, “Oh yes, this is where the episode will end and this plot thread will be picked up next episode.” And then more happened! So this episode was…

Review of Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley

Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley. ★★★1/2 One of my all-time favorite anti-heroines is Kameron Hurley’s Nyx: a hard-hearted, brutal mercenary and former assassin living in the perpetually war-torn matriarchy of Nasheen. Nyx steals the show in Kameron Hurley’s Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy (start with God’s War), and I was thrilled that Hurley was returning to her with this short…

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 Bookburners: “Man About Town” by Andrea Phillips

Bookburners: “Man About Town” by Andrea Phillips. Season four, episode 4. So… what now? The big plot arc of the last few weeks has been resolved, and Team Three doesn’t have any pressing goals. I mean, besides the general, “save the world” thing, which it’s hard to come up with a concrete plan for. Oh,…

Review of Born to the Blade Season One

Born to the Blade by Michael R. Underwood, Marie Brennan, Malka Older, Cassandra Khaw. ★★★★ Born to the Blade is a political fantasy way up high in the sky, where humanity lives on floating islands and casts magic by inscribing signals with swords. Born to the Blade is also a serial story produced by Serial Box, which specializes…

Review of Bookburners: “Alexander Norse” by Margaret Dunlap

Bookburners: “Alexander Norse” by Margaret Dunlap. Season four: episode 3. In the newest episode of Bookburners, the murder investigation continues. Welcome back to my weekly Bookburners reviews! If you’re not familiar with Bookburners, it’s an urban fantasy serial story written by an amazing team of authors. Also, since I’m not several seasons in, this is not the place to…

Review of City of Lies by Sam Hawke

City of Lies by Sam Hawke. ★★★★ City of Lies will likely be one of my top debut novels of 2018. It’s an incredibly well written fantasy novel that has everything I love about fantasy and also feels like a breath of fresh air. The comparisons to Robin Hobb and Naomi Novik are not off base… but I…

Review of Bookburners: “The Blood-Dimmed Tide” by Mur Lafferty

Bookburners: “The Blood-Dimmed Tide” by Mur Lafferty. Season four: episode 2. This week’s Bookburners‘ episode picks up where the last one left off… quit reading now if you don’t want spoilers! I believe that a good sequel should expand the story — both the relationships between characters as well as the world itself. That goes as…