Review of Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation. Edited by Ken Liu. ★★★★ I don’t read nearly enough works in translation, so when I heard about Invisible Planets, I knew it was something I needed to read. And overall, I thought it was a pretty great collection! Invisible Planets introduces seven different contemporary Chinese authors, all…

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 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12 edited by Jonathan Strahan. ★★★★ Do you like short fiction? Short SFF? Do you feel like you’ve fallen behind with last year’s stories? Then this is the collection for you! Buckle up your seat belts, because you’re in for a long ride. I mostly skipped over…

Review of Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller. ★★★★ Blackfish City is an incredibly immersive science fiction novel that’s likely to be one of my favorite books of 2018. In an ecologically devastated future, floating cities are created to house refugees from flooded nations. One such city is Qaanaaq, situated near the Arctic Circle. The city is governed mainly by various…

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 Regeneration by Stacey Berg

Regeneration by Stacey Berg. ★★★ Regeneration is the sequel to the post-apocalyptic novel, Dissension. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Regeneration as much as its predecessor. As Regeneration starts where Dissension left off, I think this is a series that needs to be read in order. Also, I can’t figure out a way to do any sort of plot synopsis without spoiling Dissension. So be warned, spoilers follow from…

Review of Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. ★★★1/2 Are you interested in a f/f horror novel with killer mermaids? Then Into the Drowning Deep is the book for you! The Atargatis set off into the Pacific to film a fake, entertainment purposes documentary about mermaids. Unfortunately, the ones they found were all to real. Everyone aboard the Atargatis was…

Filter House by Nisi Shawl

Filter House by Nisi Shawl. ★★★★ Filter House is an excellent collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories. I’d previously read Nisi Shawl’s novel, Everfair, but had difficulty with the pacing and expansive time frame. Overall, I enjoyed this short story collection a lot more. And it turns out that it won the Tiptree Award, which is entirely fitting…

Review of Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey

Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey. ★★★★ Are you reading the Expanse series? Yes? Good. No? Well, maybe you should reconsider. Seven books in, and the Expanse is still going strong. A lot of times series start to loose their way or collapse under their own weight. But the Expanse clearly has an end goal in mind,…

Review of Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee. ★★★1/2 When Zeroboxer first came out, I passed on it because while it was a sci-fi book, it was also a sports story. And I’m really not into sports. Then, I read Fonda Lee’s Jade City and developed a burning need to read everything she’s ever written. Turns out, while I may not be into sports stories,…

Review of Quietus by Tristan Palmgren

Quietus by Tristan Palmgren. ★★★ Quietus is a debut novel that combines historical fiction with science fiction. It has some elements I appreciated, but ultimately, I wasn’t wowed by it. Habidah, an anthropologist from another dimension, has been sent to our world, during the Black Death’s sweep over Europe. Her own home, a set of alternate realities bound…

Throwback Thursday: New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean

New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean. ★★★ This short anthology brings together speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy) short stories from several Caribbean authors. All of the authors were new-to-me, and I did find a few who I may seek out more work by. However, on the whole I didn’t think the collection was…