The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2019). A winner of the National Book Award for one of his highly respected and best-selling non-fiction books on the black experience in American life, Coates takes a magic-informed look at slavery and the Underground Railroad in this, his fiction debut. It’s a fine and successful […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Water Dancer"
The latest from one of SF’s brightest and most imaginative newer writers, ESCAPING EXODUS is Nicky Drayden’s 3rd novel . This time out, Drayden takes the familiar trope of colonists who escaped a doomed Earth in generational sub-light ships in search of new habitable worlds and turns it all upside down in her own brilliantly […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Escaping Exodus"
Almost 40 years after Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith returns with the 9th novel about stalwart Russian detective Arkady Renko. Somehow, Renko is still surviving as an honest, resourceful and determined cop in the corruption-plagued land of Vladimir Putin. Is the man supernaturally vigorous? The question deserves thought, considering that here, again, he is subjected […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Siberian Dilemma"
Much-honored mystery writer Simon Brett returns yet again to the somewhat funky English coastal town of Fethering for his latest tale of cozy murder and wry wit. As usual, the local police are mostly faceless and ineffective. So when Leonard Mallett takes a fatal tumble down the stairs at his house, they’re inclined to write […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Killer in the Choir"
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"