All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

I found this to be a thoughtful and entertaining take on the time travel story.  Time travel stories have plenty of tropes, and it seems like most of it’s been done before.  Mastai’s debut novel takes those tropes, mashes them together, and comes out with something that feels new.  I had a few issues with … Continue reading

Books I read on vacation: mini-reviews
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Books I read on vacation: mini-reviews

I don’t normally write catch-up reviews, for two reasons.  First, I read these books in the middle of July so I don’t remember them so well, and I wasn’t exactly taking notes.  And second, I’m not a big fan of the mini-review.  You know I like to go on and on about a book.  But … Continue reading

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
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The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

One of my favorite reads of the summer, this book has it all: great characters and story; a fun, almost movie-like plot  (it will be a movie this fall); and really thoughtful writing.  It’s a book I’d recommend this book to both science fiction lovers and non-science fiction readers (similar to, say, The Martian). It’s … Continue reading

Some Possible Solutions by Helen Phillips
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Some Possible Solutions by Helen Phillips

If you thought The Beautiful Bureaucrat was a strange book, Helen Phillips’ new book of short stories is even stranger, but it’s a really fun, and memorable read.  These are short stories, almost vignettes in some places, experimental in others. It’s always hard to review a book of short stories, but in this book you … Continue reading

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
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The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

I absolutely loved Jenni Fagan’s first novel, The Panopticon, so I was excited to receive an advance copy of her new novel.  I was a little afraid it wouldn’t meet expectations, but it did.  In fact, Fagan’s second novel is very different from the first, but still excellent. The Sunlight Pilgrims takes place in the … Continue reading

The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese
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The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese

I love the combination of science fiction and mystery, and Robert Kroese’s The Big Sheep is a perfect example of a science fiction detective story, with humor to boot. The story begins with the mysterious Keane and his partner Blake (our narrator) reporting to a genetics laboratory where a number of enhanced sheep have been … Continue reading

Hero by Belinda Crawford
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Hero by Belinda Crawford

I expected lots of melodrama from this story about a woman who loses her entire family overnight in a house fire — the night before a wedding, no less.  Instead, this is a really rich story about two families and how one generation influences the next.  It’s also a book about friendship, and even about … Continue reading

Company Town by Madeline Ashby
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Company Town by Madeline Ashby

If you’re looking for a science fiction/dystopian/mystery/thriller with a strong female lead, I recommend Company Town.  I can’t say this is a perfect book.  It mashed a few too many concepts together for my taste. But it’s a fun, well-written, roller-coaster-ride story.  A perfect beach read, you might say. As the book begins, this Canadian … Continue reading