Review of Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant

Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant. ★★★ This horror novella doesn’t rely on zombies, killer mermaids, or final girls. Instead, Mira Grant looks at the rise of the anti-vaxxer movement and what happens when herd immunity is compromised. The story starts with patient zero: Lisa Morris, an eight-year-old girl who begins to feel sick…

Review of Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire. ★★★1/2 Beneath the Sugar Sky is the third novella in the Wayward Children series, which is about children who find doors to magical worlds… but then end up back in this one. I heavily suggest reading at least Every Heart a Doorway before you read Beneath the Sugar Sky. Also, the rest of this…

Review of Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells. ★★★★ I really love Murderbot. My family’s probably tired of hearing me talk about this series, so it’s lucky I have a review blog to gush on. If you’re confused right now and thinking, “What is Murderbot?” then you need to go read Martha Wells’ excellent (and award-winning) novella, All Systems Red. Exit…

Review of Rogue Protocal by Martha Wells

Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells. ★★★★ Hooray, more Murderbot! Seriously, if you’re expecting this review to be much more than that, you’re not going to get it. Sorry, that’s just the way it is. I am a complete Murderbot fangirl. If you’re not familiar with this excellent novella series, go read All Systems Red right now. After the events…

Throwback Thursday: Bone and Jewel Creatures by Elizabeth Bear

Bone and Jewel Creatures by Elizabeth Bear. ★★★★ This little novella is probably one of my favorite things Elizabeth Bear has ever written. Bijou the Artificer is a wizard of Messaline, and she has remained such for over eighty years. Now, near the end of her life when she only wants to create her fantastical metal animals in…

Review of A Ruin of Shadows by L.D. Lewis

A Ruin of Shadows by L.D. Lewis. ★★★★ I loved this story! A Ruin of Shadows is a very quick novella; I read it in an hour, but wow does it make an impression. General Daynja Édo has spent decades building the Boorhian Empire. With her “army” of seven shadows (assassins), she has spent her life in brutal violence. Now,…

Review of Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. ★★★★ Prime Meridian is a lovely, quiet science fiction novella. Amelia is a lonely woman, drifting through an unsatisfying life in Mexico City. She’s wound up living with her bossy older sister and her two nieces in one cramped apartment, while she works a series of odd temp jobs, mostly as someone…

Review of The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy. ★★★1/2 I have continued to enjoy the offerings from the Tor.com novella line! Danielle Cain is a young, queer, punk who’s spent the last decade hitch hiking across America. When her best friend kills himself, she ventures to the squatter town of Freedom, Iowa, her friend’s last location…

Review of Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells. ★★★★ If you haven’t read Martha Wells’ All Systems Red, you’re really missing out. This novella series follows Murderbot, a delightfully snarky and anxiety-ridden SecUnit who’s hacked its governor module and gained autonomy over its own actions. Artificial Condition is the second novella in the series, and I would suggest reading in order. Also, this…

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…