Category: Science Fiction

Review: Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

I love David Mitchell – I love how every book by him is more of an experience than just a read.  This book felt like a whirlwind, or a roller coaster.   It’s told in nine slightly-interlocking chapters.  At first the chapters feel very distinct – a character in one might bump into a character in…

Review: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

I requested this book on NetGalley, mainly because it had an endorsement from the author of Station Eleven, and because the premise of a virus that causes people to fall into an indefinite sleep sounded interesting.  I was a bit disappointed.  I liked many of the characters, including Ben, a new father, young Sara, and…

Review: The Breeding Tree by J. Andersen

Author Andersen has just released the third book in this series, and when she asked me to read it, I asked if I could start with the first instead.  This was an interesting, well-written YA dystopian novel.  It builds on concepts you’ve already seen frequently in dystopian novels, but with a nice amount of detail…

Review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This is a book that’s gotten a ton of praise, and has been described as Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day.  As a murder mystery, it’s great fun, playing on the great murder mystery tropes: a group of wealthy, bored socialites in a dark and dusty mansion somewhere in the middle of nowhere (a little like…

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: All Systems Red, Ms. Marvel, and Labyrinth Lost

Instead of reading the series I’m already into, I started three more series last month.  All worth checking out, but at the top of my list goes this novella: All Systems Red by Martha Wells The first novella in the Murderbot series, it’s won the Nebula Award, the Alex Award, and is a finalist for…

Review of After Atlas by Emma Newman

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now, because I love the science fiction/detective genre, which combines two of my favorite kinds of stories.  After Atlas is about a detective, Carlos Moreno, who is actually an indentured servant to the government.  In Newman’s future world, everyone is chipped with an AI, privacy…

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: Binti, Paper Girls, and A Wrinkle in Time

Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor I enjoyed this last Binti story just as much as the previous two.  Okorafor has created a fascinating world with an interesting clash of cultures and species.  Binti herself, as in the previous two stories, is the point where all those groups seem to collide.  She starts out as…

Review of The Dream of the Iron Dragon by Robert Kroese

In many ways, this book has it all: space, aliens, time travel, and medieval Vikings.  Robert Kroese’s book tells a story that is a lot of fun to read, and pays a lot of attention to the details, both modern and historical. The saga begins with the crew of spaceship Andrea Luhman exploring the source…

Review of Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

This was a fascinating book, and one I recommend it if you’re looking for something like The Handmaid’s Tale (appropriate on this Women’s March weekend).  Erdrich’s book is set in the near future, where instead of environmental catastrophe, mankind is facing a different threat: life has begun to evolve backwards, and no one can tell…

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, and V.E. Schwab

Last month I read the final book in two trilogies, and I began a new one (that is really an old one).  I’ll start with the new one. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler Octavia Butler is such a fantastic writer.  She wrote one of my favorite books this year, Bloodchild.  This one, Parable…