Book Review: No One Is Coming to Save Us, Stephanie Powell Watts

Book Review: No One Is Coming to Save Us, Stephanie Powell Watts   Fiction: No One Is Coming to Save Us, Stephanie Powell Watts Ava wants a child. Desperately. Achingly. Approaching her late 30s, married for many years to Henry, all she can think about is how much she wants to become a mother. Sylvia, Ava’s mother, […]

Book Review: The Brightest Fell, Seanan McGuire

Book Review: The Brightest Fell, October Daye series #11, Seanan McGuire Urban Fantasy: The Brightest Fell: October Daye series #11, Seanan McGuire October Daye is part human and part fae. A “changeling,” she constantly lives with one foot in the mortal world and one foot in the fae kingdoms. After years of trying to balance between these worlds, she finally […]

Book Series Review: Faye Longchamp Series: Artifacts, and Findings, Mary Anna Evans

Book Series Review: Faye Longchamp Series: Artifacts, and Findings, Mary Anna Evans   Book Series Review: Faye Longchamp Series: Artifacts, and Findings, Mary Anna Evans   Artifacts is a solid debut novel from Mary Anna Evans. Originally published in 2003, this introduction of the character Faye Longchamp won some awards and began a series that continues still.   Faye […]

Book Review: Hellbent, Gregg Hurwitz

Book Review: Hellbent, Gregg Hurwitz Fiction Thriller: Hellbent, Gregg Hurwitz Third book in the Orphan X series, following Orphan X and The Nowhere Man A couple of years ago a fascinating book caught my attention. A thriller about a former government wet-ops agent who now worked secretly helping people who were in desperate situations, Orphan X […]

Book Review: Senlin Ascends, Josiah Bancroft

Book Review: Senlin Ascends, Josiah Bancroft Fiction: Senlin Ascends, Josiah Bancroft Senlin Ascends is the first book in the series, “The Books of Babel.” Thomas Senlin and his wife Marya are on their honeymoon. Senlin is headmaster of the school in a small fishing village. He has long studied and taught about the most amazing technological achievement […]

Book Review: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, T. Goss

Book Review: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, Theodora Goss   Fantasy: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, Theodora Goss The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter was one of 2017’s most delightful novels. On the shortlist for the 2018 World Fantasy Award for best novel, Theodora Goss’s tale successfully turned Victorian horror fiction into a celebration […]

Book Review: Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories, Vandana Singh

Book Review: Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories, Vandana Singh Fiction Collection: Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories, Vandana Singh Traveling the stars, riding a current of particles and discovering it is inhabited by living creatures riding the current with you. Plotting to assassinate the king only to learn he is not what you expected. Watching the past through […]

Book Review: Heroine Complex, Sarah Kuhn

Book Review: Heroine Complex, Sarah Kuhn Science Fiction: Heroine Complex, Sarah Kuhn Heroine Complex is funny, smart, and snarky. Any book that starts with the protagonist dodging an attack by a demonically-possessed cupcake with teeth stands out from the crowd. There are certain tropes familiar to fantasy-genre fans. Flying killer pastries? Not so much.   Sarah Kuhn […]

Book Review: The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi

Book Review: The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi Science Fiction: The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi *2018 LOCUS AWARD WINNER OF BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL* *2018 HUGO AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST NOVEL*   “The Interdependency,” a galactic empire spanning dozens of far-flung human settlements, has stood for a thousand years. The descendants of Earth long ago discovered how to access […]

Book Review: The Escape Artist, Brad Meltzer

Book Review: The Escape Artist, Brad Meltzer Mystery/Thriller: The Escape Artist, Brad Meltzer   The Escape Artist is Brad Meltzer’s latest thriller. Coming twenty years after The Tenth Justice, his new work shows a greater familiarity with his craft and introduces some interesting characters as well.   Jim “Zig” Zigarowski is a mortician at Dover (DE) Air […]