Posts Tagged: Orbit

Round-up of older titles read recently (and one new one)

#1) Jhereg by Steven Brust Somehow I’ve gone 25 years of genre without reading Steven Brust. I remember very distinctly  buying The Phoenix Guards at a middle-school book fair, but found it not to my tastes at the time. Jhereg, Brust’s first novel, is nothing like how I remember that first foray. Stripped to the bare essentials,… Read more »

2013 Juice Box Awards: Book of the Year

I read 101 books this year. 32 weren’t published in 2013, 11 were manuscripts set for publication over the next several years, leaving 58 titles from which I am drawing conclusions about the book of the year. In other words, take what I say with a grain of salt. I haven’t read everything, including what… Read more »

2013 Juice Box Awards: Editor of the Year

This is the third year I’ve given this award out. The past two recipients were Jeremy Lassen and Jo Fletcher, two editors with smaller presses making a go at it with progressive and interesting novels that weren’t necessarily right for the larger houses. I rewarded them strictly for editorial direction, for trying to push the… Read more »

Parasite by Mira Grant (Guess who’s back?)

It’s been a long time since I used this particular trick. Cheryl is back. Why do I use Cheryl? Because I tend to finish everything I start. If I only read things that I enjoy, how will I ever stretch myself? I’m also loathe to spend 800 words eviscerating someone’s baby. Thus, Cheryl was born. Cheryl… Read more »

Review Catch-up of Recent Reads

As I’ve been moving lately, I find my writing time has declined somewhat. I’m sure things will settle down soon. Until then, here’s three quick reviews of some recently read stuff. * Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach Rachel Bach is also Rachel Aaron, author of the more young adult oriented Eli Monpress Trilogy. She’s taken the… Read more »

Take a Risk or Stay the Course? Reviews of The Scroll of Years and Blood Song

Two novels read this past month demonstrate an ongoing dichotomy in fantasy fiction. Anthony Ryan’s much heralded first novel, Blood Song, was a run away success as a self-published novel before it was bought by big publishing. It is, for all intents and purposes, a classic epic fantasy structurally reminiscent of Patrick Rothfuss’s Name of the… Read more »

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

I read a lot of novels. They can blur together, particularly reading in a genre that sources the same texts again and again. It’s a distinct treat when a novel so deeply rooted in science fiction surprises, rips away any sense of déjà vu, and adopts another frame of reference. Ann Leckie’s first published novel,… Read more »