This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (SF Novella, 2019). This splendid novella brings together the special talents of the award-winning Amal El-Mohtar and Hugo-nominated Max Goldstone. Two factions, one high tech-centered and the other nature-based, wage a sprawling war for dominance through time itself. Despite their differing word-views, […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW:This Is How You Lose the Time War"
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (SF Novel, 2019). Fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the misogynistic nightmare Republic of Gilead is still in power. But that power may be slipping. At the least, resistance persists, both inside and outside its borders. An endless war grinds on against California, protests mount in other neighboring countries […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Testaments"
Today I Am Carey by Martin L. Shoemaker (SF Novel, March 2019). The idea of the android/robot/Artificial Intelligence that is given or develops human emotions has been a recurrent trope since the genre’s pulp era, if not earlier. “I, Robot” (the short story from the 1930’s, not the title of the later Asimov collection) comes immediately […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Today I Am Carey"
Regardless of genre, this is one of the finest films of recent years. It’s certainly among the most mature SF pieces of the decade, wonderfully detailed and realistic, with masterful direction by Ridley Scott and with maybe Matt Damon’s best acting work ever. Based on Andy Weir’s debut novel, the film centers on Mark Watney […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: The Martian (2015)"
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (Classic Novel, 1926). How many of us sit down to read older books that have been long been proclaimed ‘classics’? Like many avid readers, I tend to read more recent titles for the most part. And it is a painful truth that not all books that critics acclaim will […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Sun Also Rises"
Cherokee America by Margaret Verble (Historical Novel, 2019). Maud’s Line, Margaret Verble’s debut novel, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. I haven’t read that one, but I gather it was, like Cherokee America, a historical novel inspired in part by the novelist’s family history. As Verble explains in a 3-page Author’s Note after the book, Cherokee America‘s plot is entirely […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Cherokee America"
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (Historical Novel, 2019). An award-winning author of both Asia-focused history and best-selling fiction, Lisa See explores the once interconnected then diverging lives of a pair of free-diving women from the Korean island of Jeju. In the process, we experience the island’s unique culture and often painful histories, both […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Island of Sea Women"