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: The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen

Book Review: The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions, Peter Brannen   Nonfiction Science: The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions, Peter Brannen   Peter Brannen is a science writer. His work has appeared […]

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: Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures, Nick Pyenson

Book Review: Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures, Nick Pyenson Nonfiction: Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures, Nick Pyenson   Nick Pyenson is a whale paleontologist working for the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Although whales may not have captured the paleontological imagination the way […]

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: About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang, Adam Frank

Book Review: About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang, Adam Frank Nonfiction Science: About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang, Adam Frank About Time reminded me of two truths about my life. The first truth has been a core part of my personality since my earliest memories. […]

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 […]