Posts Tagged: Science Fiction

Reviewer Gonna Review: One SF, One Horror, One YA

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War Dogs by Greg Bear I have never read Greg Bear before. To science fiction geeks this is like admitting I’ve not read Hunger Games in line for the Catching Fire midnight release. This is at least partially because I’m not a huge classic science fiction geek, but also because no one has ever sent… Read more »

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie and Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

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Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie How to talk about Ancillary Sword? In the front pages of the novel, I am quoted about it’s predecessor, saying “Ancillary Justice does everything science fiction should do. It engages, it excites, and it challenges the way the reader views our world.” A sequel, doing many of the same kinds of… Read more »

Review of a Handful of Books

Sorcerer’s Legacy by Janny Wurts Janny Wurts’ debut novel, Sorcerer’s Legacy, was published in 1982. Reading it is confirmation of that fact. It engenders nostalgia for a brand of fiction that’s largely gone. Where such an accusation is often damning, in the case of Sorcerer’s Legacy it’s a recognition of what’s best about that generation of fantasy literature. The… Read more »

A Neapolitan of Reviews: Vanilla, Strawberry, and Dog Slobber

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins This week on Writing Excuses Brandon Sanderson proposes a three-pronged character model–sympathy, capability, and activity. In other words, an interesting character will have one of these three things in spades. Either the character is likable and endears themselves to the reader, is an expert in… Read more »

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: Best Book I Read Not Published in 2013

My annual reading is about 70-80% current year releases. But, with around 100 books read a year that leaves a not insignificant number of off-year reads that I like to recognize and talk about. In year’s past this has been something of the KJ Parker award, with The Folding Knife winning the award in 2011… Read more »

A Quartet of Reviews: ‘Cause I Need to Catch Up

She Who Waits by Daniel Polansky I’ve come to the conclusion that Daniel Polansky is a writer’s writer. By that I mean writers love his work. It isn’t to say that the average reader won’t enjoy She Who Waits or Straight Razor Cure, or Tomorrow the Killing, but that writers will enjoy them more. The… Read more »

A Political Comparison: Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch and Up Against It by MJ Locke

Scott Lynch tackles something in Republic of Thieves that falls flat on its face. Politics.  This doesn’t mean the novel fails. It’s actually a wonderful addition to a series that continues to excel with Lynch’s unique voice and kinetic narratives. Where Republic of Thieves falls short, MJ Locke’s Up Against It knocks it out of the park with the best portrayal… 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 »