Review of Company Town by Madeline Ashby

Company Town by Madeline Ashby. ★★★1/2 Company Town‘s plot didn’t make a whole lot of sense, but I nevertheless enjoyed reading it. Hwa’s a bodyguard for a sex workers’ union on a future city built around an oil rig. The city’s being bought out by a single family owned business, and Hwa is offered a new job: guard Joel, the…

Review of Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer

Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer. ★★★1/2 Acceptance is the final book in the Southern Reach trilogy, which starts with Annihilation. You definitely need to have read the prior books before picking up Acceptance. This review will also contain some inevitable spoilers for the previous two books.

Review of The Empty Hourglass by Cornelia Grey

The Empty Hourglass by Cornelia Grey. ★★1/2 My problem with The Empty Hourglass is that I kept waiting for things to start happening. Around 80% of the way through I realized, this was it. This was what I was getting. And it just wasn’t enough. The Empty Hourglass is a steampunk leaning story about a toymaker named Thomas Escott who lost…

Review of The Deathsniffer’s Assistant by Kate McIntyre

The Deathsniffer’s Assistant by Kate McIntyre. ★★★1/2 The Deathsniffer’s Assistant is a very promising start to a series by a debut author. It’s a fantasy mystery story set in a semi-Victorian world with a fairly unique magical system. I’m docking it half a star for a spoiler near the end, but other wise it easily would have gotten four….

Review of Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes. ★★★1/2 Zoo City is one of the most inventive urban fantasies I’ve read. It was an engrossing book with plenty to keep me interested, although I found the ending to be weak. Zinzi is an animalled – a person for whom the shadows rise up out of the earth to give an animal…

Review of Huntress by Malinda Lo

Huntress by Malinda Lo. ★★★ Huntress is a low stress, fairly simple young adult book about two girls who go on a quest to save their kingdom and happen to fall in love with each other along the way. The book starts with Taisin, a seventeen year old training to be a sage, having a vision. She sees herself…

Review of Shadows by Robin McKinley

Shadows by Robin McKinley. ★★1/2 If you’ve read any other Robin McKinley books, Shadows will be very familiar. An animal loving girl goes to have her mystical climatic encounter that draws upon her unexplored magical heritage, all the while accompanied by a practical herd of random animals. Shadows is written in the stream of conscious, first person style that McKinley…

Review of Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner

Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner. ★★★ On the plus side, the writing quality was good. On the bad side, there was no drive to the plot (if there was a plot). From the blurb, I’d assumed that it’d mainly be about Thomas after fairy land dealing with only being able to speak the truth, but…

Review of Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith. ★★★ I didn’t hate Orleans, I didn’t love it, it was just okay. I will not be rereading it, and my copy will most likely get sold to a second hand bookstore. Part of my problem was that I was in the mood for a different sort of book. So, let me…

Review of Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. ★★1/2 I really do not know what rating to give Perdido Street Station. It started out oh, so well. The descriptions were lovely, the setting vibrant, the characters intriguing, but the farther I read, the more the cracks started to show. However, first I should describe what this book is actually about….