Throwback Thursday: Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane

Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane. ★★★ Diana Duane’s written some of my favorite stories, but even though she’s got her hits, Omnitopia Dawn also shows she’s got some misses. Essentially, Omnitopia Dawn is the story of feuding CEOs. Dev Logan used to run a company with his friend Phil. But after a bitter argument, Dev left the company and the two…

Review of Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. ★★1/2 This debut YA science fiction novel felt like a bunch of other YA science fiction novels all shoved in a blender. Particularly The Hunger Games and Ender’s Game. Emmett Atwater is one of ten teenagers recruited by the Babel Corporation to sent aboard a spaceship to an alien planet, where he will mine a new…

Review of Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner. ★★★1/2 At last, the fifth book in The Queen’s Thief series! While this book can theoretically be read independently, the previous books are good too so why not start with them? The series starts with The Thief, but the second book, The Queen of Attolia, remains my favorite. After the debacle in…

Review of Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. ★★★1/2 Leviathan Wakes had been languishing on my TBR pile for at least a year before I picked it up for a read along. And I’m glad I finally got to it. While it has room to be improved, Leviathan Wakes is a darn good, rollicking science fiction story. Several hundred years in the…

Review of Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson

Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson. ★★★ Looking back at my review of the first novella, Legion, I’m not really sure why I chose to read Legion: Skin Deep. Possibly I hoped it would improve? More likely, I just forgot that I wasn’t super thrilled with Legion and plunged head first into this one willy nilly. Technically, you don’t need to…

Review of Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson

Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson. ★★★ Snapshot is novella from one of my favorite authors, Brandon Sanderson. However, it’s not a story I’ll ever return to. In Snapshot, the police force of an independent city have access to an advanced technology that can recreate an entire day of the recent past. Buildings, streets, food, and even people. A specialized team…

Review of The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi. ★★★1/2 The Dispatchers is a sci-fi novella based around a single concept: what if anyone who was murdered just… came back? Right in their own home, naked as the day they were born. How would society change as a result? Tony Valdez is a dispatcher, a professional with the license to murder. He…

Review of City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett. ★★★1/2 The Divine Cities series has been one of the most well written fantasy series I’ve ever read. Yet I have mixed emotions about this final book in the trilogy. You can read either the City of Stairs or City of Blades independently, but I think you need to have read both of them…

Review of Fire Boy by Sami Shah

Fire Boy by Sami Shah. ★★★ Wahid thinks he’s just a normal teenager growing up in Karachi, Pakistan. He attends school, plays Dungeons and Dragons with his friends, and crushes on a cute girl in his class. He has no idea that he’s the son of a djinn. Everything changes for Wahid when two djinn attack a car…

Review of The Last Witness by K.J. Parker

The Last Witness by K.J. Parker. ★★★ I’ve been hearing a lot about K.J. Parker, and I figured this novella would be a good way to try out his work. The narrator of The Last Witness has the ability to go into people’s heads and remove memories. Once he has removed a memory, it becomes his own, as vivid…

Review of Sunset Mantle by Alter S. Reiss

Sunset Mantle by Alter S. Reiss. ★★★1/2 Sunset Mantle is a solid work of high fantasy. What’s most fascinating about it is that for all it’s battles and political intrigue, it’s less than 200 pages long. That’s right ya’ll. This is a high fantasy novella. Cete is a wandering solider for hire. He knows that Reach Antach is about to…

Review of Clean by Alex Hughes

Clean by Alex Hughes. ★★★ It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that managed to give me so many mixed feelings! The narrator of Clean is a drug addicted telepath. After getting kicked out of the Telepath’s Guild, he makes a living by working for police, mainly by using his telepathic powers to tease information out of…