As a big fan of Amanda Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles, I was pumped for her new book Nightchaser. This is the first book in her new sci-fi space series, which centers on Tess Bailey. She is a space captain with a troubled past who has become a sort of Robin Hood in space. She and her crew steal vaccines and supplies to give to children in need. At the start of the book, we find her on the run with a stolen lab. The Dark Watch is closing in and attempting to retrieve the lab by any means necessary. She doesn’t […]
One of these days I’m going to have to do a full-series Expanse re-read. Probably not until after next year, when the last book is published. But whenever that happens, I feel like this book might be worth five stars. Maybe the last one, too. I actually finished it when it was first published over two months ago, but I’m so far behind in my reviews, this one isn’t going to super informative. I remember it traumatizing me, but in a good way. All that to say, this was a really solid penultimate novel, and I think it could be […]
“I miss the days when all I had to worry about was that strange citrus smell from deck B.” (Kindle location 476) If you haven’t read Terminal Alliance, the first book in the series, be aware that this review will contain spoilers for that book. The short version is: If you like any of: comedy, scifi, “humans are space orcs”, zombies, and warmongering space-wasp lawyers, you’ll like this series. And if you don’t like any of those things, you might give it a try anyway.
Apparently this is the year I read all the dead dog books. So . . . sorry for that! TW: Animal cruelty, animal death. In a near future, scientists showcased exactly how terrible humans are by genetically trying to improve on animals. (As if there is anything to improve on in any animal.) Their experiments went extremely wrong, however, when dogs suddenly stop wagging their tales, and suddenly are no longer man’s best friend. As the effects of this tragedy sweep the nation and dogs become dangerous and are being abandoned or worse, it is decided a mass euthanasia is […]
If you ever wanted to know how humanity should not go about spreading away from Earth and colonizing the universe than oooo boy does Stephen Baxter have an example for you in his 2012 book, Proxima. In a nutshell: don’t do it until we’re a united planet. Otherwise, we’re just gonna space race our asses all over the universe and probably screw over everyone involved, from the remaining earthlings, to the residents of Sol planets, and to the newbie colonizers of distant planets in far away systems. Proxima introduces us to the galaxy in the 23rd century, via Yuri Eden, […]
In this third installment of Bray’s fantastic Diviners series, Libba Bray finally pulls together many moving pieces and lays down the major themes of the series with gusto. If I could sum it up in one phrase, I’d call this book “Ghosts are scary, but not as scary as evangelism” Or “Ghosts are scary, but it’s your fault.” The Diviners are a diverse group of supernaturally talented young people in 1920s NYC (who aren’t officially called “The Diviners” but simply “diviners” at this point). In previous volumes, they have tracked down a paranormal serial killer and solved the crisis of […]
The lovely faintingviolet turned me onto Kelly Link, and I’m here to report that her latest book of short fiction, Get In Trouble, is a delight and there was not a story in this collection that didn’t simultaneously charm and terrify me. As a whole, Link’s greatest achievement is her ability to build entire universes in 40 pages or less. It’s an incredible feat that includes massive speculative worlds and full character development, while still using beautiful prose packed with metaphor and description. Here’s the breakdown: “The Summer People” – this was hands-down my favorite in the collection. Set somewhere up in […]
This book was the perfect little bit of escapism to get me through a long, challenging weekend recently. It’s a really funny little book that goes a lot deeper than you think it would on the surface. Andrew Dahl has been posted in the Intrepid, the flagship of the UU fleet. It seems like a real career boost and he’s looking forward to it. Until he gets to the Xenobiology lab. Why does everyone hide when the senior officers arrive? Why is it everyone is suddenly very busy when the Captain is looking for folks to accompany him? Why does the […]