Review of A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna. ★★★★ Years ago, I read Sangu Mandanna’s debut novel. While I wasn’t exactly blown away, I thought it’d be worth returning to her work later on in her career. So when I heard about her second book, A Spark of White Fire, a young adult sci-fi novel inspired by the Mahabharata,…

Review of Daughters of a Forgotten Light by Sean Grigsby

Daughters of the Forgotten Light. ★★1/2 Do you ever read a book and feel like you might have liked the storyline better if it was written by someone else? That’s sort of what I felt about Daughters of Forgotten Light. In a future devastated by an unexpected ice age and constant war over resources, mothers have total…

Review of The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. ★★★★ I’d really loved some of Mary Robinette Kowal’s short fiction, but I’d yet to find a novel of hers I quite as much adored. The Calculating Stars changes that. The Calculating Stars takes an alternate history route to the United States’ space program; in the 1950’s, a giant meteorite obliterates Washington, D.C….

Review of The Dreaming Stars by Tim Pratt

The Dreaming Stars by Tim Pratt. ★★★★ Tim Pratt’s The Wrong Stars was exactly the sort of book I was looking for — a fun space opera with some truly great aliens and queer protagonists. The Dreaming Stars is everything I could ask for from a sequel. However, if you haven’t read The Wrong Stars I suggest you go pick up a copy…

Review of The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams

The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams. ★★1/2 Do you love action sequences? If so, then this is the book for you! The mysterious Pulse swept across the universe, infecting worlds with various levels of technology-killing radiation, putting some planets pre-spaceflight or even pre-electricity. But alongside the Pulse, something else happened… children started to be born with…

Throwback Thursday: Ring of Swords by Eleanor Arnason

Ring of Swords by Eleanor Arnason. ★★★1/2 Ring of Swords is a classic feminist science fiction novel from 1994. In terms of gender and sexuality, it shows its ages in ways you would expect, but it still holds up as an intriguing first contact novel. Humanity has made contact with only one other sentient people, the Hwarhath, but…

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…

Review of Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers. ★★★★ I think Record of a Spaceborn Few is my favorite story yet from Becky Chambers. Although set in the same universe as her novels A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit, Record of a Spaceborn Few is an independent story with its own setting and cast. When Earth…

Review of Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie. ★★★ Maybe my expectations were too high, but Hullmetal Girls was a bit of a let down. In the far future, humanity exists on a fleet of generation ships, traveling in search of a habitable planet. The fleet government is determined to maintain unity in the face of a rebellion seeking to split…

Review of The Future Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente

The Future Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★ I tend to find Valente’s work hit or miss. I cannot emphasize enough how much I adore In the Night Garden, but then I wasn’t able to finish The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. The Future Is Blue thus represents a microcosm of my feelings about Valente’s work: some stories I enjoyed, others…