The trope of the opposite sex being alien is so old that’s it’s already so far gone that it’s on another planet all of its own. Nevertheless that’s the premise of this book. Men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Or rather, Enn is from Earth and all the girls at the party are from…somewhere? Spacy-thing. Doesn’t matter. His friend Vic drags him to a party with the advice “You just gotta talk to them.” It’s an old joke and it really is […]
This is yet another review where I’m putting up the white flag. It’s been months since I finished it and for whatever reason I’ve been having a hell of a time trying to figure out what I want to say about it. So I’m just not going to say much at all and this will be more of a mini-review than a real one. I liked this book, but not as much as the first one. It’s really more of a companion novel to A Long Way to A Small […]
So, this was a re-read of this series for me and I have to say that I loved it as much this time as I did the first time around. Pierce Brown created an absolutely fascinating world for this series, and he did so beautifully. The books center on Darrow, a “Red” who works in the mines below the surface of Mars. The Reds are mining a material that will allow Mars to be terraformed so that humans can successfully colonize it. It is important work […]
Short review: Kind of but not exactly Leverage in space. I liked it; not as much as The Martian but hey — economic caperism on the moon. Hard to argue with that.
The title Dark Matter feels a little bit deceptive as “dark matter” is only brought up once. However something more accurate like, “Putting humans in a quantum state of superposition and the consequences” is a little awkward as a title. Regardless, Dark Matter is a taut science fiction thriller, with dashes of mystery and true love. Jason Dessen lives an ordinary life. Married to the love of his life, Daniela, raising their son Charlie together, and working as a college professor. Every once in a while, […]
There are very few authors from whom I will pre-order a book with nothing more than the title to go on. There are even fewer I’ll consider buying twice: once for the initial speedy Kindle read and once to own the book as a physical object. Jim C. Hines is on that list. And with his latest release, Terminal Alliance, he’s cemented his place there. The basic premise of the book can be boiled down to: What if human sanitation workers were the only ones […]
A year ago at this time, in the wake of our devastating presidential election, I reviewed Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me and James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, two treatises on racism and oppression in America. As I read N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth Trilogy, it occurred to me that her novels present a perfect fictional account of the same topic. These Hugo-Award-winning stories take place in a world where racial difference leads to oppression, exploitation, and genocide. As a result of this […]
Arabella and the Battle of Venus is the second book in “The Adventures of Arabella Ashby” series. Last year I reviewed the first book, Arabella of Mars, and was delighted by it’s fun combination of the Regency era and sailing ships that travel interstellar winds between planets. In fact, its escapism was sorely needed when I read it in November of 2016. This time the adventure has its high points but also a lot more drudgery, making it less romantic and dashing than its predecessor, but […]