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 —…

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 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…

Review of After Atlas by Emma Newman

After Atlas by Emma Newman. ★★★★ After Atlas is a novel set in the same universe as Newman’s stellar science fiction novel, Planetfall. However, the two books are completely distinct and can be read independently. In fact, After Atlas is actually a mystery novel in addition to a science fiction story. After Atlas presents a very dark vision of the future. Democracy…

Review of Recovery Man by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Recovery Man by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. ★★★1/2 Recovery Man is the sixth novel in Rusch’s science fiction mystery series following Retrieval Artist Miles Flint. The premise of the series is as follows: human governments have signed treaties with alien governments mandating that humans be tried under alien laws for crimes committed on alien planets. But some of the…

Review of Borderline by Mishell Baker

Borderline by Mishell Baker. ★★★★ Trigger warning: self harm Borderline is one of the best urban fantasy novels I’ve read in a long time. Having been reading urban fantasy for a while, certain elements feel familiar. The protagonist is usually snarky, and if female, conventionally attractive and probably wears black leather. The protagonist is likely to be some…

Review of The Timeseer’s Gambit by Kate McIntyre

The Timeseer’s Gambit by Kate McIntyre. ★★★★ The Timeseer’s Gambit is the sequel to fantasy mystery novel, The Deathsniffer’s Assistant. While there is a separate mystery, I highly suggest reading the books in order since there are some ongoing plot threads and character arcs. Three months after Christopher Buckley started working for the eccentric detective Olivia Faraday, they’ve got a…

Review of Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara

Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara. ★★1/2 My reading relationship with Cast in Shadows had a lot of ups and downs. The beginning made it seem like it would be terrible again. The middle made it seem like it’d be all right. Then the ending brought it to back down to a “not very good.” Kaylin is a Hawk,…

Review of Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman

Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman. ★★★★ Cathy comes from the Nether, the space between the Fae’s Exilium and the human’s Mundanus. While she had escaped the strict and hidebound society of the Nether, she’s now being dragged back in to face an arranged marriage. Meanwhile, Max, an Arbitrator who prevents Fae from entangling with Mundanus, is investigating…

Review of Point of Hopes by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett

Point of Hopes by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett. ★★★ Points of Hopes is a fantasy mystery with a historical feel, although it’s set in a different world. In the city of Astreiant, children are disappearing. Rafe is one of the watchmen investigating the case, but there are few clues as to who is taking the children. And…