Review of The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. ★★★1/2 The Night Tiger is a wonderful blend of literary fiction and genre fiction — involving everything from historical fiction to magical realism. The Night Tiger centers around the intertwined lives of Ren and Ji Lin, who both live in 1931 Malay. Ren is a houseboy who served a Western doctor… before…

Breaking the Bubble: Non-SFF Reading in January

Hello everyone! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this here, but I’m currently interning for a literary agent who represents mostly mysteries, thrillers, romance, and women’s fiction. Since I’m reading tons of query letters manuscript samples, I figured I should also read some more books outside sci-fi and fantasy to get a feel for different…

Review of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. ★★★★1/2 The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a delightfully twisty murder mystery with speculative elements. Aiden is repeating the same day over and over again. He has eight tries to solve the mystery of Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder… or his memory will be erased and he will repeat this…

Review of Witchmark by C.L. Polk

Witchmark by C.L. Polk. ★★★★ If you’re a fan of Martha Wells’ work, you may enjoy this debut fantasy novel with a gay lead. Miles Singer is in hiding. He ran away from his family, escaping a dehumanizing future as a walking magical battery. But if witches like him aren’t bonded to the elite weather mages, then…

Review of Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef by Cassandra Khaw

Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef by Cassandra Khaw. ★★★ I’ve loved Cassandra Khaw’s short stories, but I hung back from this novella, which I thought didn’t sound like my sort of thing. I was right. This review is largely going to be a matter of personal preference. Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef just isn’t the right book for me. Rupert Wong,…

Review of Head On by John Scalzi

Head On by John Scalzi. ★★★★ While Head On is a sequel to Scalzi’s earlier science fiction novel, Lock In , it’s a stand alone mystery story. Still, I would suggest starting with Lock In so you can get to know the world and characters before diving into Head On. FBI Agent Chris Shane is watching a live game of hilketa, where players…

Review of The Heartreader’s Secret by Kate McIntyre

The Heartreader’s Secret by Kate McIntyre. ★★★★ The Heartreader’s Secret is the third in Kate McIntyre’s Faraday Files series, a queer fantasy mystery series. I do suggest reading the books in order, so starting with The Deathsniffer’s Assistant. I don’t think I can fully avoid spoilers for the previous two books in this review, so head on over to The…

Review of The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard. ★★★1/2 Are you interested reading a gender-bent version of Sherlock Holmes? Where Watson is also a sentient spaceship? Then I suggest you get yourself a copy of The Tea Master and the Detective, a novella by Aliette de Bodard. The Shadow’s Child has lost most of her family and…

Review of Addict by Matt Doyle

Addict by Matt Doyle. ★★★ Addict wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was a fairly decent read. Cassie Tam is a PI in New Hopeland, a city built to be a shining light of technological progress. A woman named Lori Redwood comes to Cassie, wanting to hire her to investigate the death of her brother, Eddie Redwood. The police…

Review of Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. ★★★★ I’ve always loved science fiction mysteries, and Six Wakes did not disappoint. Maria Arena is a clone. Whenever she dies, she wakes up in a new body with memories from whenever she last downloaded them. But now Maria has awaken in a new body where her old one is still floating dead —…