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 […]

Book Review: Cave of Bones, Anne Hillerman

Book Review: Cave of Bones, Anne Hillerman Mystery: Cave of Bones, Anne Hillerman Cave of Bones is the fourth novel by Anne Hillerman set in the Dinetah, the homeland of the Navajo people. Continuing with characters established by her late father, Tony Hillerman, Anne Hillerman succeeds in making this series her own. Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee are […]

Book Review: Head On, John Scalzi

Book Review: Head On, John Scalzi Science Fiction/Mystery: Head On, John Scalzi Fans of John Scalzi’s previous novel Lock In will be delighted with this 2017 sequel. Head On features the return of FBI agent Chris Shane, his partner Leslie Vann, and the world of the “Hadens,” people who have survived a usually fatal illness only […]

Book Review: An Unkindness of Magicians, Kat Howard

Book Review: An Unkindness of Magicians, Kat Howard Fantasy: An Unkindness of Magicians, Kat Howard What if magic were broken? In Kat Howard’s novel An Unkindness of Magicians, magicians from the major houses in New York are competing, sometimes to the death, to become the leaders of the Unseen. Magic and magicians exist largely unseen and unnoticed […]

Book Review: Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse

Book Review: Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse Fantasy: Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse Southwest tribes are known for their traditional weaving skills. I have no idea whether Rebecca Roanhorse can whip out a rug or a blanket on a loom, but when it comes to weaving together Navajo folklore, dystopian sci fi, and kickass adventure, her creation belongs […]