BOOK REVIEW: Vessel

Vessel by Lisa A, Nichols (SF Novel, May 2019). This debut novel is another near-future space-adventure. A mysterious disaster has struck the NASA spaceship Sagittarius after it passed through a wormhole to study a distant planet as a possible site for colonization. Out of contact for years, it was long presumed lost. But now it returns via the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Severance

Severance by Ling Ma (Contemporary SF Novel, 2018). This modern-day apocalypse opens in a slightly alternate version of the year 2011. While only fleetingly mentioned, this is the time of the bank bailouts and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Those protests fizzled out in this alternate history at least as quickly as in our reality. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Kushiel’s Dart

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Fantasy Novel, 2001). Phedre is  a young woman born with a scarlet mote in  her left eye. In her culture, this (known as Kushiel’s Dart) signals that she is destined to be a special sort of Sacred Prostitute. But the nobleman who takes her in as an indentured servant has other plans […]

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BOOK REVIEW: What We Were Promised

What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan (Contemporary Novel, 2018). This touching first novel features vivid characters interacting with the hopes and contradictions of our multicultural world, as well as universal the joys, challenges, contradictions and heartbreaks of modern family life. Wei and Lina Zhen grew up in a small town in the China of the […]

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REVIEWED: MEM

MEM by Bethany C. Morrow (Alternate History SF Novel, 2018). In this version of the 1920’s, we’re a couple decades into an odd new technology where doctors can remove selected memories from patients. In the process, these memories are brought to a separate life. These artificially created people, called ‘Mems,’ are exact duplicates of their ‘Sources’ […]

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REVIEWED: The Poppy War

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (Fantasy Novel, 2018). Like many writers, this first-time fantasy novelist has drawn on elements of a real-life subject she knows about (in this case, Chinese history and mythology) as inspiration for an imaginary world series. There’s nothing wrong with that, yet I must confess to some slight ambivalence in […]

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