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: Navigating the Stars (Sentinels of the Galaxy #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I purchased this ebook for full price. The premise of this book is an interesting conceit that reminds the reader that once Earth reaches the stars, it will be all of Earth that goes. This book still felt very “Western” despite the characters of mixed heritage, butContinue reading “Review: Navigating the Stars (Sentinels of the Galaxy #1) by Maria V. Snyder”

Review: The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander

This story is an example of true alternate history done right. It’s a combination of events and conceits that shouldn’t work together, but absolutely do because of the talent of the author. It’s also a great example of how non-chronological storytelling is occasionally essential. I could have done with a bit less of the elephantContinue reading “Review: The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander”

Review: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

I made it through the first quarter of this book before I realized that not much had really happened. Well, lots of things had “happened,” just not much of a plot. But I was intrigued by the world-building, so I decided to sit back and enjoy the story as more of a travelogue than anContinue reading “Review: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter”

Review: Wild Seed (Patternnist #1) by Octavia E. Butler

I devoured this novel on a travel day, starting in Baltimore and ending in Indianapolis. I enjoyed many separate elements of this book, from the two very different main characters and their interactions to the historical and scientific elements. Doro and Anyanwu are fantastic foils to each other. While their interactions were sometimes uncomfortable, greatContinue reading “Review: Wild Seed (Patternnist #1) by Octavia E. Butler”

Review: Strange Dogs (The Expanse #6.5) by James S.A. Corey

This novella is a beautiful vignette about early life on Laconia. It doesn’t answer many greater questions about the ecosystem of this world due to the limited point-of-view of the main character. But it answers quieter questions about how Duerte came to power and how he imposed his views on the burgeoning society. On theContinue reading “Review: Strange Dogs (The Expanse #6.5) by James S.A. Corey”

Review: The Vital Abyss (The Expanse #5.5) by James S.A. Corey

This novella in the midst of the epic saga of The Expanse fills in some interesting blanks. It explains the missing years of a relevant character’s life and how he eventually ends up where Our Heroes encounter him again. It also shows the evolution of the character and his history on Earth, accomplishing some interestingContinue reading “Review: The Vital Abyss (The Expanse #5.5) by James S.A. Corey”

Review: All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells

This novella has won ALL OF THE AWARDS, which makes it difficult to review. There’s not much I can add to the discourse about it that hasn’t already been said, and it doesn’t need the advertising help. But it was a wonderfully fun read, so if you’re one of the five science-fiction fans after meContinue reading “Review: All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells”

Review: Gods of Risk (The Expanse #2.1) by James S.A. Corey

This novella brings us back to the series roots of interstellar events occurring as a backdrop to regular people’s normal lives. But this normal person is the gifted sixteen-year-old nephew of Bobbie Draper, so how normal is he? Certainly normal enough for some health doses of adolescent angst while he gets mixed up in theContinue reading “Review: Gods of Risk (The Expanse #2.1) by James S.A. Corey”

Review: The Expanse: Origins edited by James S.A. Corey

Favorite Story “Naomi Nagata” by Georgia Lee (illustrated by Huang Danlan): This isn’t Naomi’s “origin story,” which is covered very well in the books themselves. Instead, it shows us the first introduction between Naomi and Amos prior to the events of the books/television show. I loved the growth shown by both characters even in suchContinue reading “Review: The Expanse: Origins edited by James S.A. Corey”