Category: Part of a Series

Review: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

This was another read for Read Harder 2018, which checks two boxes: it’s a mystery by a woman of color and it’s set in India.  It’s also a period mystery, which I love.  It’s set in 1921, the first in a series about Perveen Mistry, who’s a lawyer in her father’s firm and is loosely…

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…

Review of Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry

Anne Perry is my favorite historical mystery writer, because she writes with a lot of detail, creates interesting characters, and her books raise difficult social and legal issues of their time.  On the flip side, she tends to be a bit repetitive and can be long-winded, but I’ll forgive that in a writer if the…

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: Two Nebula Nominees

Today’s reviews are about two books on the Nebula Award finalist list. The Nebula Awards recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the United States as selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly Amberlough is a difficult-to-categorize book.  I was expecting science…

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…

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…

Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart

I love this series, which is about a real-life woman in the 1910’s who was one of the first female deputy sheriffs.  Amy Stewart builds the novels in this series around actual people and events and she ends each one with a description of her research.  If you haven’t read the series, but like historical…

The Song of the Orphans by Daniel Price

Last month I wrote about Daniel Price and an article he wrote in Literary Hub about developing strong, non-sexist female characters and how he responded to criticism of his novel The Flight of the Silvers.  After he solicited additional input from one of his readers, he writes that he took that input and applied it…