Publisher: Tor Books

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game is one of those books that I’ve been aware of for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never read it.  I’ve been reading science-fiction for just about as long as I’ve been reading anything.  I was raised on Star Wars and Star Trek and Logan’s Run and Planet of the Apes.  Give me 70s and 80s sci-fi until the day I day and I’ll be happy as a clam (problematic bits aside, see: Logan’s Run).  In the last few years, I’ve revisited a lot of the older-style science fiction that I loved when I was younger… and I’ve […]

Posted June 6, 2019 in Reviews // 14 Comments //
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

At the very beginning, Magic for Liars intrigued me.  The prologue starts in a magical school – half high school, half Hogwarts – then in chapter one we’re transported to a delightfully film noir atmosphere as we’re introduced to Ivy Gamble.  From page one, the atmosphere in this book was spot on, and it’s the type of book that immediately draws you in. Throughout, the atmosphere, setting, and magic remains intriguing.  Explanations of the magical system are simple to understand, but complex enough to be impressive.  There’s a good balance of magic and reality to make the whole novel feel balanced […]

Posted May 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

So.  Middlegame. I have a lot of feelings about this book, and I bounced back and forth a lot about whether or not I enjoyed it.  Middlegame is a really smart book, filled with impressive research.  Asphodel Baker wanted to change the world by taking humanity to the Impossible City and giving us a utopia… but her successor, Reed, wants to use the Impossible City to rule the world.  Reed has spent his career engineering twins to embody the doctrine.  When he loses control of the one set of “cuckoos”, he sends his executioner out to solve the problem, but […]

Posted April 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Midnight Front by David Mack

The Midnight Front by David Mack

When I pulled The Midnight Front out of my TBR Jar, I was soooo not into it.  I looked at the cover and groaned and told myself “I should just donate this one now, I don’t want to read it.”  Which is horribly unfair to the author, by the way, but I got it in my PageHabit box months ago and was only vaguely interested in it then.  The author largely writes for pre-established series like Star Trek and while that can be a dream job, I guess, I’ve found that it doesn’t always pan over to quality of work. I know, I’m […]

Posted July 11, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Delilah Bard stole my heart. While I am a fan of excellent heroines, very few capture me the way Lila did.  The minute she swooped into this book, speaking of her swashbuckling dreams, I was entirely on board. A Darker Shade of Magic isn’t about Lila, though.  Not really.  It’s about Kell and the Antari who travel through worlds, and a bit of corrupted Black London that has found its way into his unwitting hands.  It’s about danger and sacrifice and courage and stubbornness and Lila is very much just along for the ride.  And who came blame her?  With London […]

Posted December 26, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

 Freddy wants nothing more in this life than to be invisible. This becomes horribly impossible when the eccentric Cuerva Lachance and moody Josiah move in next door.  Cuerva has a way of producing the impossible, and Josiah?  He manages to bring Freddy into the spotlight at every turn, especially at school where she’s already a freak.  If she could just shake him off… but no, she can’t, and his presence is especially useful with Freddy is beaten up at school and gets a concussion. Which is probably the most inopportune moment for Josiah to take Freddy on an extended trip […]

Posted November 15, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //