Monthly Archives: May 2011

Kushiel’s Dart – Jacqueline Carey

In an effort to be totally upfront about what Kushiel’s Dart is and isn’t, let me get this out of way – there’s a lot of sex.  Some of it’s pretty graphic.  There’s rape and torture and the main character enjoys both on some level. Too many reviews out there emphasize this.  Yes there’s sex… Read more »

Notable Releases – Week of May 30.

I always struggle to find which books are coming out when. It’s become even more difficult with eBooks now sometimes preceding hard copies. So each week on Monday or Tuesday I’ll try to put together a list of that weeks releases that are of interest to me. It’s inevitable that I’m going to miss some… Read more »

Dead Iron – Devon Monk

I am fascinated by the necessity those of us interested in genre fiction seem to have for classification. Cyberpunk, hard sci-fi, space opera, high fantasy, epic fantasy, etc. Oh and the debates that ensue throughout the community when something is misclassified. In any case, there is no doubt what Dead Iron is – steampunk. Unfortunately,… Read more »

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N.K. Jemisin

A few weeks ago Ken over at Nethspace reviewed The Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson.  He called Erikson’s series “something of a post-modern, meta-fiction” that responds to epic fantasy as much as it’s a part of it.  But to have a modernist, or post-modernist movement for that matter, it must reference… Read more »

The Third – Abel Keogh

Know what I liked about The Third?  There are no right answers.  In Abel Keogh’s novel of the near future, the world has responded to the threat of global warming by instituting strict population limits and rationing resources.  I was very hesitant to read the novel because the global warming issue has become so politicized… Read more »

Fuzzy Nation – John Scalzi

I’m so excited about Fuzzy Nation, Hugo Award winner John Scalzi’s latest novel. While it is an excellent novel, most of my excitement stems from the fact that he’s pushing the expected boundaries of genre fiction. Fuzzy Nation and others like it are breaking the standard tropes that have pigeonholed the genre for the last… Read more »

Doorways – George R.R. Martin

For those rabid fans of George R.R. Martin Doorways may be familiar.  It is in fact the same title he used in conjunction with a pilot he wrote for ABC in 1991.  It was a particularly eventful year for Martin.  Before writing Doorways, he began a short story about dire wolf puppies found in the summer snows.  This story… Read more »

Cryoburn – Lois McMaster Bujold

I’ve never read Lois McMaster Bujold before. So logic follows, I’ve never read a Vorkosigan Saga novel either. It’s hard to believe given how long I’ve been reading speculative fiction, but Bujold never jumped out at me. When the 2011 Hugo Nominees were announced and Bujold was once again among the nominations, I decided it was time… Read more »

Robopocalypse – Daniel H. Wilson

Post-Novel + 39 Minutes This account was transcribed by a certain book reviewer a few days after the books began their campaign against humanity. The reviewer was clearly suffering from post-literary confusion, but little did he know the impact he would come to have on the future of mankind. Narrator, ID#4857382 I know I will… Read more »

The Rogue – Trudi Canavan

The Rogue, the second book in Trudi Canavan’s Traitor Spy Trilogy, picks up right where The Ambassador’s Mission left off. Unfortunately four hundred plus pages later Canavan has not moved a lot closer to resolving the conflicts introduced in what was a promising first book. Finishing the second installment left me underwhelmed. Since anyone thinking about reading The Rogue has surely… Read more »