All Rights Reserved is a really excellent introduction to what could be a really great YA dystopian series; Katsoulis balances the typical “world building” one has to do with any futuristic novel, especially one they hope to make into a series, with a solid standalone story line. I already have the second novel on my library holds list. “Every word is Trademarked™, Restricted® or Copyrighted©. The companies and people who own these rights let people use them, but once you turn fifteen, you have to pay.” Speth Jime lives in an America that has been overrun by lawyers and corporations who have […]
…which I learned about from reading Spider magazine. Ghost Wall kicks off with a young woman being led to the peaty gloom before snapping back to a modern teenager forced to reenact the Iron Age with her father and the massive chip on his shoulder. Clocking in at a mere 130 pages, Ghost Wall bridges the expanse from ancient Britons to bored college students. Sarah Moss’s prose is sparse but lush; months worth of meditations shift and shimmer through the fog of just 130 pages. A theme reigns supreme throughout this expanse: a woman’s worth can only be described through her purity. Parents, professors, students, […]
We open on a young man on a quest. He is the prince of his land and his father has just died. To claim his kingship, he must travel to the grey land, defeat a dragon, and bring back a damsel for his bride. This is how things have always been in Harding. The farther dies and to claim his place, the son must complete this rite. Tradition in Harding decrees that the prince can be give no help to defeat his dragon, not even in the form of advice. But the prince picks up tidbits through gossip and prepares […]
This book has many of the things I love: Steampunk, electricity, Spring-heeled Jack, werewolves, a mystery, time-travel affecting the present, and the implication of liminal space. It also has a glowing recommendation from Michael Moorcock on the back. Note to self: Do not buy any other book Michael Moorcock likes.
Fun fact, Robinette is not part of her last name and while it sits in the middle of her name it isn’t technically a middle name either. She is Mary Robinette, and that is how she prefers to be called. Both Mary and Robinette are in honor of her grandmothers. It is not uncommon to find her books misshelved due to this misunderstanding. The Fated Sky is the second book in the Lady Astronaut duolgy that started with The Calculating Stars. The alternate timeline Kowal created has humanity rushing to space, to create off planet colonies as temperatures rise on Earth due […]
Recently on twitter, John Scalzi shared a one-star review of one of his books he found. In the review, the writer was upset that Scalzi wrote easily readable sci-fi “romps”. Like me, Scalzi had a hard time finding why writing something that could be described as a romp would be bad. Romps are usually fun, right? Anyway, all of this is to say that Scalzi’s second foray into the world he established in Lock-in is fun, slick and dare I say another romp. Head On, like the first book in this series, takes place in a world where a flu-like […]
Reading ClaireBadger’s review of 84K reminded me of how much I enjoyed Claire North’s The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August last year, and I was inspired to move another of her novels to the top of my TBR list. I’m happy to say I was not disappointed, as The Sudden Appearance of Hope was every bit as much mind-bending fun. As Hope says on the first page, the world began to forget her when she was sixteen years old: first her teachers, then her friends, and finally her parents, too. Unable to remain in her own home, unable to […]
“The point is what you do when you don’t have the details. Do you interrogate? Do you examine? Or do you settle for the obvious answer?” Most people don’t deeply question (cough, Kanye, cough) why enslaved people “allowed” themselves to remain enslaved. But most of us also don’t dwell deeply on what systematic physical and psychological trauma would be needed to keep a whole class of people oppressed and how that trauma may ripple out generationally. And why would we? Envisioning something like that is painful and requires a certain amount of tenacity to push through. Especially so if the […]