Review of The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist

The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang. ★★★1/2 If a queer retelling of The Little Mermaid is of interest, then you should check out The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang. Only, think the Hans Christian Anderson original, not the happily ever after Disney version. Dr. Cadence Mbell has devoted her life to studying the atargati, the sentient, deep sea…

Review of Runtime by S.B. Divya

Runtime by S.B. Divya. ★★★ In a future where America’s class system is even more stratified, Marmeg Guinto is determined to run in the Minerva Sierra Challenge, a day-long race across the Sierra Nevada where all the contestants have cybernetic enhancements. But most of the contestants also have the newest gear and corporate sponsorships. Marmeg has none of these….

Review of Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. ★★★★ While this is a prequel to Every Heart a Doorway, it can be read independently. This review will not contain spoilers for Every Heart a Doorway. Jack and Jill’s parents think of their children mainly as accessories, the perfect additions to their lifestyle. They decide early on what each…

Review of The Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green by Nicky Kyle

The Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green by Nicky Kyle. ★★★★ What a delightful story! The village of Styesville believes that they’re in need of a knight to solve their dragon problem. But the solution to their problem arrives largely unnoticed: Dea, a faerie godmother’s apprentice drawn by the rumors of dragons. She soon realizes that there’s something more…

Review of River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

River of Teeth by Sarah Gaiely. ★★★★ River of Teeth is more awesomeness than I thought could ever be packed into one novella. This little book is sheer fun! I’ve been wanting to read this novella ever since I saw Sarah Gailey’s tweets about the history behind it. Basically, in 1909, America was facing two problems: a meat…

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 All Systems Red by Martha Wells

All Systems Red by Martha Wells. ★★★★1/2 All Systems Red was truly a delight. A snarky robot with a TV addiction? Who can resist that! All planetary missions must be supplied by the Company and they must rent a Company supplied SecUnit, an android security guard. The narrator of All Systems Red is one such SecUnit, but it has hacked…

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 Keeper of the Dawn by Dianna Gunn

Keeper of the Dawn by Dianna Gunn. ★★★★ I loved this fantasy novella! I picked it up mainly because I heard the protagonist was asexual (true), and I ended up with a novella that was beautiful in so many ways and really resonated with me. Lai’s mother and grandmother before her have been priestesses, and Lai can’t…

Review of Final Girls by Mira Grant

Final Girls by Mira Grant. ★★★ I’ve read some of this author’s work under the name Seanan McGuire, but I’d never read one of the stories she wrote as Mira Grant. I had very little idea of what to expect going into Final Girls. I knew that it involved a virtual reality program being used for therapy, that…

Review of This Other World by A.C. Buchanan

This Other World by A.C. Buchanan. ★★★★ What a lovely science fiction novella! It’s a quiet story, and a short read (I read it in under an hour). Because of that, this review will be a bit shorter than normal. Vonika’s an autistic engineer who chose to immigrate to an alien planet. She has built a career…