Category Archives: Book reviews

Book review: The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

Let’s start by saying that this book is quite different from the author’s Hugo Award winning Broken Earth trilogy.  Those who liked her previous work may be disappointed, but they shouldn’t.  Objectively speaking, this is a much more mature work, … Continue reading

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Book review: Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

The fifth book in the Wayward Children delivers more easy reading, simple plot and amazing worldbuilding.  Who cares that the internal logic is broken, as long as the readers can experience one of the most inventive fantasy worlds of the … Continue reading

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Book review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

I don’t know what makes this little book so appealing.  Maybe it’s the very pleasant protagonist.  Or perhaps the visuals.  Or the writing, which prepares you for tedium and disappointment in the first act, only to explode into a fascinating … Continue reading

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Book review: Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

More necromancers in space!  Leviathan-sized beasts that can’t be killed by anything short of a black hole!  Ghosts, revenants, possessed corpses, hyperspace that looks more like a river full of floating corpses, a space station full of skeletons and planet-killing … Continue reading

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Book review: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

The highly anticipated third novel by Andy Weirs checks all the right boxes.  It’s educational, highly entertaining, upbeat and easy to read.  All characters are eminently likeable.  The story may sound far-fetched but is plausible.  Weir mixes in just the … Continue reading

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Book review: Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

This 2021 Hugo Award nominee is a difficult but rewarding read.  It features compelling characters and exciting worldbuilding.  It blends history with fantasy and predicts some disturbing technological growth.  On the other hand, its structure is sometimes confusing to follow, … Continue reading

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Book review: This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

This multi-award winner is not for everyone.  I’ve seen opinions from people who love it, and opinions from people who couldn’t finish it.  I enjoyed parts of this work, while outright dismissing others.  I’ve had fun with this story, but … Continue reading

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Modern Classic: A Dry, Quiet War by Tony Daniel

Not many people remember this novelette.  It never got any awards, and instead faded away just like what its protagonist tried to do.  This makes it one of the most underrated science fiction stories I know of.  It not only … Continue reading

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Book review: Wayward Galaxy by Jason Anspach and J. N. Chaney

The Soviets are back to their old tricks against the Americans.  But this time, it’s warfare in space!  This military science fiction is a wonderful return to the past, but with updated concepts and technology.  I thoroughly enjoyed every bit … Continue reading

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Hugos 2021 – Best Novelette

Similar to previous years, the 2021 novelette ballot is very strong.  I’ve found all six stories interesting, and really enjoyed four of them, all of which I consider Hugo contenders.  All six stories feature superb writing, and it’s mainly the … Continue reading

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