Category Archives: Science fiction

Hugo 2019 Novelette Nominations

“If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again” by Zen Cho Best Novelette nomination and Winner https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed-try-try-again-by-zen-cho/ Sweet. A touch uneven but a solid heart. Chinese dragons, karma, transformation, all rolled in to a modernized version of a traditional … Continue reading

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Semiosis by Sue Burke. Or, Don’t Believe the Hype

Read February 2020 Recommended for ?  ★     ★     I need a good solid hate read in my life, or at least I need to find a book that doesn’t leave me with this much ambivalence. A buddy read … Continue reading

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House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

Read January 2020 Recommended for Reynolds fans  ★     ★     Surprisingly uninteresting. (Un)profound thoughts on genre: every genre has its icons, and Reynolds seems to be one of science fiction’s favorites, with at least sixteen books and many, many, … Continue reading

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Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather

Read November 2019 Recommended for fans of Chambers ★   ★    ★   ★  There’s something incredibly campy sounding about nuns in space. But this is less meme and more character study in the most unique space faring vehicle yet … Continue reading

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Finder by Suzanne Palmer

Read July 2019 ★   ★   ★   ★    A bit of a slow start that required a reboot, then once I reached chapter seven or so, became very hard to put down. It didn’t occur to me while reading, … Continue reading

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Beholder’s Eye by Julie E. Czerneda

Read May 2019 Recommended for fans of aliens, space operas ★   ★  ★   ★ I remember reading The Big Idea for Czerneda’s latest book on Scalzi’s blog (ok, it was 2018) and was intrigued by her idea of … Continue reading

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A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Read May 2019 Recommended for fans of sci-fi, world-traveling ★   ★  ★   ★  ★   With reservations. What do you mean, what do I mean? There’s something about it–as good, as inclusive, as remarkable as it is–that just fails … Continue reading

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The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Read May 2019 Recommended for fans of dark thrillers It’s almost impossible for me to review Bacigalupi. Check my other reviews, you’ll see. The Windup Girl, Pump Six and Other Stories; the only one I did justice to was Ship Breaker, his YA … Continue reading

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The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds

Read April 2019 Recommended for sci-fi fans  ★     ★    ★    1/2 When I sat down to read The Prefect, I thought I was reading a sci-fi mystery along the lines perhaps of Leviathan Wakes. Then I thought … Continue reading

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Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Read April 2019 Recommended for fans of exploration sci-fi  ★     ★      ★     ★   1/2       ‘Aldebaran’ is a red star whose name comes from the Arabic word for ‘follower,’ because it seems to follow the Pleides. Interesting … Continue reading

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