Queens is a Good, Tension-Filled Follow to Pawns

I’ve always found the mix of science fiction and fantasy to be a little weird. For some reason, including magic in a universe that has space travel just seems incongruent. The exception to this has been Star Wars. I mean, The Force doesn’t really count as magic, does it? Of …

Nading’s Caliban has scary monsters in its DNA (and RNA)

It’s always a good thing when you walk into a book and are surprised by how good it is. I’ve never read anything by Miranda Nading before, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from her 2014 release, Caliban. Was it going to be a Crichton knockoff? How dark …

Living Planets, Lesbians and Lots of Action In Space

The Stars Are Legion is a very strange and gripping science fiction tale. I can honestly say I’ve never read or seen anything like it. To be honest, you could almost describe it as a magic-less fantasy story set inside of a flesh-and-blood living world that happens to be floating …

Pawns is a Slow, Enjoyable Burn With an Engaging Pace

Some books are fast-paced romps; some are even-paced, methodical grippers; and some are just boring. While Pawns, book 1 of Patrick Hodges’ Wielders of Arantha series is not a rollercoaster-ride of a tale, it’s anything but boring. I suppose, to put it into words, it’s a slow burn that builds …

Hurley’s Revolution

I just finished Kameron Hurley’s The Geek Feminist Revolution (TGFR). Like, just this morning I pulled into work as the last sixty seconds of the epilogue ran out on the audio book. It’s now lunch time, so I’m taking a few minutes to put my thoughts down. And I feel …

The Straight Guy’s Guide to Reading The Gay Teen’s Guide to Defeating A Siren

I know a lot of writers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bragging. No name-dropping. The reality is that I know a lot of writers because I work with multiple writing groups in Arizona and am a moderator at a local critiquing group. Most of the writers I know have …