Review of Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston

Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston. ★★★1/2 Will Do Magic for Small Change feels like Octavia Butler crossed with Charles de Lint. It mixes genres, with aliens and magic, and explores themes such as race, gender, sexuality, and family history. It’s one of the most original SFF novels I’ve read in years. Will Do Magic…

Review of The Uncrowned King by Michelle West

The Uncrowned King by Michelle West. ★★★★ The Uncrowned King is the second book in a six book epic fantasy series that starts with The Broken Crown. You need to read this series in order, and  there may be some spoilers for the first book in this review. While this series is a hefty time investment (six books, each…

Review of The Neon Court by Kate Griffin

The Neon Court by Kate Griffin. ★★★1/2 The Neon Court is the third book in Kate Griffin’s Matthew Swift series, which starts with A Madness of Angels. In my review of the second book, The Midnight Mayor, I mentioned that I was particularly interested in seeing where Oda’s character would go. Which, apparently, is into the grave in the first…

Review of On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette De Bodard

On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard. ★★★★ On a Red Station, Drifting is an excellent little science fiction novella. In the far future, a galactic empire is crumbling and Linh is a refugee, fleeing to Prosper Station, run by Mistress Quyen. The two women are very different, and it was interesting to read their opinions…

Review of Burning Bright by Melissa Scott

Burning Bright by Melissa Scott. ★★★1/2 Burning Bright was fun and a good enough way to pass the time. When Lioe arrives on the world of Burning Bright, she’s not thinking about anything other than the Game: the continous video game RPG which is popular with humans across the known universe. However, when Lioe uses character templates of…

Review of The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin. ★★★ The Broken Kingdoms is the second in Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy. Despite that, I believe that you could read The Broken Kingdoms independently of its predecessor, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. However, I did like The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms better, so I would suggest starting with that book. The plot springs from Oree Shoth, a blind artist, taking in a…

Review of Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. ★★★★ Firefight is the second book in Sanderson’s Reckoners series. It is absolutely crucial that you read the first book, Steelheart, before you read Firefight or this review. By the very nature of things, this review will contain spoilers (and fairly big ones) for Steelheart. If you haven’t read Steelheart, I’d go look into it, especially if you…

Review of Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb. ★★★★ Ship of Destiny is the final book in Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy, which starts with Ship of Magic. Most of this review is very general to avoid giving away any spoilers for the ending. Overall, I found this a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. With epic fantasy, that can be a rare…

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 A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin ★★★1/2 A Feast for Crows is the fourth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. If you haven’t read the first three, please head over to my review of those. The series starts with A Game of Thrones. While writing the fourth book, George R.R. Martin realized that it…

Review of A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. ★★★★1/2 A Storm of Swords is the third book of the Song of Ice and Fire series. You really need to read the first book, A Game of Thrones, first. This review may contain spoilers for the first two books. While I was still at the beginning of this book, someone…

Review of Marking Time by April White

Marking Time by April White. ★★★1/2 I was debating with myself what rating to give this. Maybe four for the first half, three for the second? Before I get any farther, I should not that I read the second half in various planes and airports, which might be related to my lessened involvement with the book. Marking…