Review: Q & A (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I purchased this paperback at full price. This twentieth-anniversary celebration of Star Trek: The Next Generation novel is a fitting tribute to the lasting mark Q has left on the franchise. And I can’t think of a better writer to infuse Q’s ridiculousness into text form. ThisContinue reading “Review: Q & A (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Keith R. A. DeCandido”

Review: Silver Shark (Kinsmen #2) by Ilona Andrews

I enjoyed this Kinsmen tale much more than the first. While this book is a romance, it certainly doesn’t start out feeling that way. I’d even argue that this is a solid science-fiction story that just happens to include romantic elements as part of the plot. The world-building regarding Claire’s home planet and how psychersContinue reading “Review: Silver Shark (Kinsmen #2) by Ilona Andrews”

Review: Midnight Riot (Rivers of London #1) by Ben Aaronovitch

I devoured this book so quickly, because it had me so absorbed, that I only took one note on my phone about it. “Great example of environment as character.” London itself comes alive in this combination urban fantasy and police procedural that the city is as much a character as Peter, his mentor Nightingale, orContinue reading “Review: Midnight Riot (Rivers of London #1) by Ben Aaronovitch”

Review: Consequence (Dark Tyrant #2) by C.R. Langille

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I purchased a hardcopy version of this book for full price. This book picks up immediately after the events of Canyon Shadows, but is easily read as a stand-alone. It immediately grabbed me and sucked me in, with events that are all present-day and much narrower inContinue reading “Review: Consequence (Dark Tyrant #2) by C.R. Langille”

Review: Honor Reclaimed (HORNET #2) by Tonya Burrows

Disclaimer: I am acquaintances with the author; however, I purchased this ebook for full price. With so many characters introduced in the first HORNET book, I was a bit bummed to realize that the hero of the second installment of this fun series was a brand-new teammate. However, Seth is a compelling character for multipleContinue reading “Review: Honor Reclaimed (HORNET #2) by Tonya Burrows”

Review: Altered States of the Union edited by Glenn Hauman

Disclaimer: I am friends with some of the authors in this anthology; however, I purchased the hardcopy version of this book for full price. This was a fun collection of different story-telling styles that explored how events might have been altered in the history of the United States of America. Most of the stories wereContinue reading “Review: Altered States of the Union edited by Glenn Hauman”

Review: Sapphire (Jewels Cafe #2) by Eva Delaney

I think this series is definitely less on the serious side and more on the absurdly ridiculous spectrum of the fantasy genre. Once again, this “reverse harem” actually means over-the-top and unbelievable wish fulfillment rather than real relationships. I honestly would have enjoyed this more without the sex, if it was just about Sapphire theContinue reading “Review: Sapphire (Jewels Cafe #2) by Eva Delaney”

Cleveland ConCoction 2020 Cancelled

Based on guidance I received from my employer last week, I had already (with great sadness) withdrawn from attending this year’s Cleveland ConCoction. Later that same day, the announcement came out that the convention was being cancelled. I know this is a stressful and scary time for everyone, for a variety of reasons. I’m luckyContinue reading “Cleveland ConCoction 2020 Cancelled”

Review: Amber (Jewels Cafe #1) by Mia Harlan

I checked out this series because I saw it recommended in another author’s mailing list. I’ve previously enjoyed other reverse harem series, so why not? It turns out I enjoy the conflict and drama that can accompany polyamorous relationships rather than the wish-fulfillment/escapism of one girl with a handful of dudes swooning over her. AmberContinue reading “Review: Amber (Jewels Cafe #1) by Mia Harlan”

Review: Seasons (Tales of Valdemar #13) edited by Mercedes Lackey

Seasonal celebrations were the theme of this collection of tales set in the fantasy world of Valdemar, which acted less as glue holding the collection together and more as an awkward way to pretend all of these stories belonged together. Especially in the cases of the “continuing” stories that feature characters from previous collections. IContinue reading “Review: Seasons (Tales of Valdemar #13) edited by Mercedes Lackey”