Re-read: After reading Thorne’s latest (Second First Impressions) I wanted to see if maybe my memories of her first novel were being seen through some rose colored glasses. I am happy to report that no, not in the slightest. The Hating Game perfectly nails the first person inner monologue neurosis protagonist and the ETL, two tropes that are very, very frequently given short shift in Romancelandia. Thorne definitely has a very distinct sort of voice that she uses to write her (exclusively female, exclusively white) (I will […]
Deadline extended! Submit your choice by Friday, December 18, 2020! It’s that time of year – wrap-up time! Submit the three best and one worst books you read during 2020 below. Include links to your posts so people can read your reviews. The books may have any publication date, you just need to have read them this year. If you have something you must tell the world about any of the books, add your comment. Please submit your choices by Friday, December 18, 2020, then watch for our […]
The submission period is over. It’s that time of year – wrap-up time! Submit your three best and one worst books of the year below. Include the link to your post so people can get to your review. If you have something you must say about any of the books, add your comment. Please submit your choices by midnight EST on Sunday, December 22, 2019, then watch for our yearly wrap-up post on Pajiba. To see the choices we made in years past, visit our About page.
This is going to be a tough review to write. First off, I loved it, and I find those reviews difficult. Second, it’s another big Culture novel from Iain M. Banks, and as I found last year with Matter, it’s hard to distill everything into a brief review. I’ll do my best on both counts, but I’ll just start with this: for anyone who loves hard science fiction in general and space opera in particular, the Culture novels are the absolute best I’ve read. Surface […]
In my family, we use the term “bear” to denote a particular kind of person. Not everyone is a bear, though it’s certainly not something to engender jealousy. A bear is born a bear. Bears are dear people, sensitive souls, kind humans bordering on empaths. Bears are loyal, if not perhaps a little clannish at times. Bears may seem fierce in their daily lives, intimidating to some due to their great-big hearts which drive their great-big goals. But underneath the teeth and fluff lies an […]