Review: Bloodline (Star Wars) by Claudia Gray

This book is an exciting political thriller that just happens to take place in the Star Wars universe starring both new and familiar faces. It includes plenty of intrigue, instances of excitement, and brief moments of lovely characterization. And while it features half a dozen point of view characters, the chief of those is SenatorContinue reading “Review: Bloodline (Star Wars) by Claudia Gray”

Review: Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3) by Ann Leckie

It had been a long time since I read the first two books in this trilogy, so I’d forgotten a lot of the minor details. This story picks up pretty immediately where the previous left off, but I was able to slip right back into the action with only a few minor hiccups. This remainsContinue reading “Review: Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3) by Ann Leckie”

Review: The Enterprise War (Star Trek: Discovery) by John Jackson Miller

Where was the Enterprise during season 1 of Discovery? There was a war on, after all! This book does a great job answering that question. Miller brings the Enterprise crew alive, from the senior command staff to those usually relegated to the lower decks. He does an especially good job with Anson Mount’s Captain PikeContinue reading “Review: The Enterprise War (Star Trek: Discovery) by John Jackson Miller”

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: 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”