The US has been ravaged by war and disease (and war over disease) and Noam Álvaro is sixteen and the child of Atlantean (Georgia, that is, not Atlantis) illegal immigrants to Carolina who is involved in the Atlantean Rights movement — until he, too, falls sick with the Fever. Unlike most of the population, however, Noam survives — and wakes up a technomancer, with the ability to talk to computer systems and all manner of technology. And then things get worse.
Completing the “Two heads are better than one” square fulfills my bingo column, “Cannonballer Says” to “Remix”, and gives me my first bingo! I used my “Reader’s Choice” to replace “Remix” with “Classic”. Dome’Loki Greg van Eekhout is a local San Diego author who frequently does events at my favorite independent bookstore, Mysterious Galaxy. He writes for both adult and middle grade audiences. Greg’s two most recent books are middle grade and as a result, it has been great fun to take my kids with me to an author event. Cog, short for cognitive development, is the name of a […]
Spoilers for this book, because I’m NOT recommending it and I very much would like y’all to know why. The blurb from Amazon is: An astronaut returns to Earth after losing her entire crew to an inexplicable disaster, but is her version of what happened in space the truth? Or is there more to the story…A tense, psychological thriller perfect for fans of Dark Matter and The Martian. That sounded intriguing and I’m always down for sci-fi thrillers, but this books so relentlessly stupid that I only finished so that I could full articulate how much I disliked it. A bullet point list […]
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, […]