Genre: Science Fiction

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

I always get sucked in by books promising a fabulous multi-verse.  It’s a really complicated theory for a book, where there’s a limited amount of space and a lot of explaining to do.  I feel pretty confident in saying that from the scientific, worldbuilding POV, Tandem is the best YA multi-verse I’ve ever read.  It’s such a complicated subject to get across and explanations need to justify suspension of disbelief, not just ask for it.  I think Anna Jarzab did a really good job in that respect. Unfortunately, because of the immensity of worldbuilding required – not just one, but two, and […]

Posted August 14, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

I added Nerve to my TBR when I first heard about the movie.  A YA Thriller?  These are pretty rare, especially when they’re done well, so count me in.  While I am the actual worst about seeing movies and haven’t seen the adaptation yet, everything I’ve read says that the book and film are two very different animals.  Having seen the trailer and now read the book, that seems very accurate.  It gives me hope for the movie. There were some definite issues with Nerve.  One of the things I’m trying to do in judging main characters is to step back and remind myself: just […]

Posted August 10, 2019 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/63 by Stephen King

I was first introduced to 11/22/63 in its mini-series format a few years ago.  I remember being intrigued, and not at all realizing it was a book.  I liked the show – watched it over the course of about a week – and only vaguely recalled seeing it was written by Stephen King.  I figured it was probably a short story.  Foolish me. 11/22/63 is a whopper of a book.  It comes in at about 31 hours of listening time.  The book really needs that time to become established.  King has to get you attached to Jake Epping / George Amberson.  You […]

Posted July 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

There are pluses and minuses to listening to audiobooks.  In the case of Enclave I think I would enjoy this better in paperback than audio.  Emily Bauer’s narration is high-pitched and adds a childishness to the story that made me cringe a bit.  Like The City of Ember and The Giver, this is an interesting dystopia led by children.  The world is rich and fascinating, but the childish edge makes it easy to disregard.  So, unless you’re passing this forward to a middle grade reader, I’d strongly suggest the book over the audiobook. Even though the dystopia genre is a bit tired, I […]

Posted June 22, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Ehhhhh. So conceptually, this sounded really interesting.  This is a world where people don’t have to die.  If you’re murdered, you get to come back in a place that feels comfortable and safe, reverted to a few hours before your death.  Our protagonist is a Dispatcher, meaning that he’s on call for things like medical emergencies, tidily “dispatching” the patient so they don’t die from the procedure. I expected to learn more about this world, but honestly, this is more like… an episode of NCIS.  Someone is missing, so a law official connects with another dispatcher to understand how the […]

Posted June 16, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger

I need to be honest straight into this and say – Soulless is a bit silly. This is a book about a declared spinster – a young Victorian lady in her twenties – who just so happens to have no soul.  It’s an unfortunate side-effect of her birth, as her father is also soulless.  She’s also half-Italian, which is a constant source of difficulty for her in civilized society.  She doesn’t really talk about her preternatural state, but she does argue with werewolves, flirt with vampires, and stab people with parasols. Really, Soulless is a typical cheeky paranormal romance with a steampunk edge, […]

Posted June 15, 2019 in Reviews // 5 Comments //