book review

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: 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: 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 Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe

Title: The Hum and the Shiver Author: Alex Bledsoe Publisher: Tor Books Rating: 3 out of 5 Format: eBook Warning: this review contains spoilers. The Tufa are a community of people who have lived in what is now east Tennessee for hundreds of…

Book Review: Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

Title: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking Author: Susan Cain Publisher: Crown Publishers Rating: 4 out of 5 Format: eBook It probably won’t surprise you to know that I’m an introvert. Hell, I work…

Book Review: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Title: Who Fears Death Author: Nnedi Okorafor Publisher: DAW Rating: 2 out of 5 Format: Print Who Fears Death is the story of Onyesonwu, a girl growing up in Africa – Sudan is implied – after an unnamed apocalyptic event.…

Book Review: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Title: Deathless Author: Catherynne M. Valente Publisher: Tor Rating: 4 out of 5 Format: eBook Russian folklore is not an aspect of Western/European mythology you come across much in modern fantasy – the only other example I can think of…

Book Review: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

Title: The Alchemy of Stone Author: Ekaterina Sedia Publisher: Prime Books Rating: 3 out of 5 Format: Print For someone who claims to enjoy science fiction, I have read surprisingly few full-length sci-fi books this year. First there was the…