2012 Reading Challenge

Book Review: Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan

This is it – my 40th book review of the year! When I pledged to do 40 book reviews a year ago, I had no idea what I was setting myself up for. Now, with this final entry, we can…

Book Review: The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker

Title: The Empress of Mars Author: Kage Baker Publisher: Tor Format: Print Rating: 4 out of 5 Life on Mars is hard. Although the British Arean Company promised wealth, growth, and a new life to all Martian settlers, once it…

Book Review: Westlake Soul by Rio Youers

Title: Westlake Soul Author: Rio Youers Publisher: ChiZine Publications Format: Print Rating: 5 out of 5 Note: This review contains ruminations about Life, the Universe, and Everything. Before I read a book, I tend to have an idea of what…

Book Review: The High Road by Terry Fallis

Title: The High Road Author: Terry Fallis Publisher: McLelland and Stewart Format: Print Rating: 4 out of 5 I read a lot of speculative fiction, as my past reviews clearly show – books about space zombies, ghosts, Russian mythological figures,…

Book Review: You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop, by John Scalzi

Title: You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing Author: John Scalzi Publisher: Subterranean Press Format: eBook Rating: 4 out of 5 I read a lot of books about writing in 2012.…

Book Review: Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Title: Ironskin Author: Tina Connolly Publisher:  Tor Format: Print Rating: 4 out of 5 Note: this review contains spoilers. Jane Eliot is a veteran of The Great War against the fey. The five years since the end of the war…

Book Review: The Universe Within by Neil Turok

Title: The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos Author: Neil Turok Publisher: House of Anansi Format: eBook Rating: 3 out of 5 I have a hard time understanding the universe. Not in the figurative “why don’t things work the way…

Book Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Title: Seraphina Author: Rachel Hartman Publisher: Random House Format: Print Rating: 5 out of 5 One of the chief things I measure in a novel is how it affects me when I read it. Do the book’s events wend their…

Book Review: Every House is Haunted, by Ian Rogers

Title: Every House is Haunted Author: Ian Rogers Publisher: ChiZine Publications Format: Print Rating: 3 out of 5 Full disclosure: I’m friends with the author through Goodreads and Facebook, and am familiar with some of ChiZine’s staff;  although I have…

Book Review: The Shadow Scholar by Dave Tomar

Title: The Shadow Scholar: How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat Author: Dave Tomar Publisher: Bloomsbury Rating: 3 out of 5 Format: eBook Something interesting happened when I publicized my decision to become a freelance writer: more than one person told me…