Review: Seder in Space and Other Tales by J.D. Blackrose

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I purchased this ebook for full price before I ever met her in person! Favorite Story: “Seder in SPACE” is a short science-fiction story that embodies one of things I find in the best science-fiction stories — that the more things change, the more things stay theContinue reading “Review: Seder in Space and Other Tales by J.D. Blackrose”

Con Report: Capclave 2019

Note: If you are here to find a copy of my alternate history presentation, see below! I spent a lovely weekend in Rockville, Maryland, as part of Capclave 2019! Highlights included being on panels with both guests of honor (Robert Sawyer and Martha Wells) and giving my alternate history presentation to a small but participatoryContinue reading “Con Report: Capclave 2019”

Review: The 5th Gender (Tinkered Stars Mystery) by G.L. Carriger

As someone who regularly speaks at writing and fandom conventions about the topic of “genre blending” or “genre blurring” in contemporary writing, I have some pretty strong opinions on the subject. Carriger’s science-fiction/romance/mystery is certainly one that I will now hold up as a great example of how to blend things right. This novel couldContinue reading “Review: The 5th Gender (Tinkered Stars Mystery) by G.L. Carriger”

Review: Love Across the Universe by Stars & Stones Books

Disclaimer: I am friends with the majority of the authors in this collection. I won my hardcopy in a raffle basket supporting an academic scholarship. This science-fiction romance collection was an excellent summer read. The stories themselves were a mixed bag for me, with a few being stand-outs. Favorite Stories “The Pirates and the Pacifist”Continue reading “Review: Love Across the Universe by Stars & Stones Books”

Review: Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse #8) James S.A. Corey

After the rise of the Laconian Empire in the previous book, the crew of the Rocinante is spread across the universe once again. Naomi and Bobbie are both fighting an underground war in the ways they do best. These women continue to be my heroes and I adore them. This book especially shows the powerContinue reading “Review: Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse #8) James S.A. Corey”

Review: Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) by James S.A. Corey

I put off reading this installment of the series for longer than I should have, because my husband mentioned in an offhand comment that a lot of time had passed since the previous book. I didn’t want to read about new characters and new situations. Instead, what I got was a Rocinante crew who are closerContinue reading “Review: Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) by James S.A. Corey”

Balticon 53 Schedule!

Once again, I look forward to returning to my local convention this year, Balticon 53 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor over Memorial Day weekend. And by local, I mean that I literally worked 2 blocks away from the host hotel for over 10 years. It will be super easy to find me this year, since forContinue reading “Balticon 53 Schedule!”

Review: Babylon’s Ashes (The Expanse #6) by James S.A. Corey

We’ve reached the point in this series where it’s okay for the authors to throw a bunch of points of view at the reader. By now, the world-building is solid and the political landscape is pretty clear. The downside to this is that the only POVs I really want are Holden, Naomi, and the othersContinue reading “Review: Babylon’s Ashes (The Expanse #6) by James S.A. Corey”

Book Excerpt & Giveaway: Into the Ashes (Taine McKenna Adventures #3) by Lee Murray

Last month I posted a spoiler-free review of the latest installment of Lee Murray’s thriller series, the Taine McKenna Adventures. In Into the Ashes, Taine faces his biggest foe yet: the active volcanic isles of New Zealand itself. Check out an excerpt from the book below, then follow the link to enter a giveaway for anContinue reading “Book Excerpt & Giveaway: Into the Ashes (Taine McKenna Adventures #3) by Lee Murray”

Review: Nemesis Games (The Expanse #5) by James S.A. Corey

It’s a little crazy that this is the first book that gives us point-of-view scenes from all four members of the Rocinante crew: Holden, Naomi, Alex, and Amos. On the downside, this is because for much of the book none of them are together! While I hated to see the “family” broken up, it was awesomeContinue reading “Review: Nemesis Games (The Expanse #5) by James S.A. Corey”