Review of Atlas Alone by Emma Newman

Atlas Alone by Emma Newman. ★★★ I ultimately found Atlas Alone to be disappointing. Part of this is that the previous three books have set a high bar, the other part is that I wasn’t happy with the novel’s asexual representation. The majority of this review is devoted to Atlas Alone‘s depiction of asexuality. Atlas Alone is the fourth novel…

Review of The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones

The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones. ★★★★ Are you interested in a historical fantasy lesbian romance? Then you should read Heather Rose Jone’s Alpennia series, which starts with Daughter of Mystery. The Mystic Marriage is the second installment in the series and introduces two new women as a new romantic plotline. I suggest reading Daughter of Mystery first, as both The…

Review of The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling. ★★★★ When I was reading this, I was seriously thinking that it feels like a (100% queerer) version of Annhilation crossed with something like Sandra Bullock’s Gravity… and then I saw that was the official comp! So I apparently wasn’t alone in thinking that. I’d heard a lot of positive buzz about The Luminous…

Breaking the Bubble: Non-SFF Reading in March

Breaking the Bubble is a feature where I do mini-reviews of some books outside of science fiction and fantasy. The aim of this series is to familiarize myself with other genres and what books are currently big. This month, I’m covering everything from the hit memoir Educated to some young adult titles.

Review of A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. ★★★★ A Memory Called Empire is sure to be one of the standout sci-fi debuts of 2019, and I can totally see where the comparisons to Ancillary Justice are coming from. Ambassador Mahit Dzmare’s small station wants to maintain its independence from the ever-ravenous Teixcalaanli Empire, which is constantly conquering and expanding…

Review of The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore

The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore. ★★★★ Like the sound of queer fantasy assassins? Then The Perfect Assassin is the book for you. Amastan’s family has an important place in the city of Ghadid. They protect it from the shadows, assassinating criminals who need to be taken care of quietly. Amastan has just earned his place as the…

Review of The True Queen by Zen Cho

The True Queen by Zen Cho. ★★★★ Do you want a delightful and charming Regency-era fantasy novel with a diverse cast and a f/f romance subplot? A story focused on sisterhood? Dragons with manners? Then you need to read The True Queen, a loose follow-up to Zen Cho’s previous novel, Socerer to the Crown! Muna and Sakti…

Review of Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction

Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction edited by K.M. Szpara. ★★★1/2 This inaugural anthology collects the best transgender science fiction and fantasy short stories of 2015. I’ve been wanting to pick it up ever since I saw the author line-up; there’s a ton of great trans authors working in science fiction and fantasy, and this…

Review of Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve

Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve. ★★★★ Do you want a YA novel about a lesbian werewolf and a genderqueer zombie becoming friends? You bet you do! And Out of Salem is just that book! In a horrible accident, Z’s entire family died. And so did they. Only, they’re still walking. Z’s looking at a new, uncertain future…