fantasy

Book Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Title: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Author: N.K. Jemisin Publisher: Orbit Format: Print Rating: 5 out of 5 Yeine Darre is the daughter of a barbarian chieftain of the Darre people in the backwater continent of the High North. But she’s also…

Ad Astra, Hell Yeah!

Tomorrow is the start of Ad Astra, and I can’t wait. I originally thought about attending last year when the lovely Beverly Bambury encouraged me to do so, but I didn’t go since I felt it was going to be…

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: 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: 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…

World Fantasy Convention, and an Announcement

The 2012 World Fantasy Convention starts today! I have been waiting for this day for months. I don’t know if I can describe to you the relief and trepidation I feel this morning now that there’s the prospect of meeting…

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…

The Hugo Nominee Ballot, Part 2

This is a follow-up to my previous post about the Hugo nominees in various categories of fiction. Last time I discussed the short story, novelette, and John W. Campbell shortlists. Today, I’ll discuss the novella and novel shortlists. Best Novella…

Book Review: Among Others by Jo Walton

Title: Among Others Author: Jo Walton Publisher: Tor Books Rating: 3 out of 5 Format: eBook Note: Nominated for this year’s Hugo award for Best Novel Most of us feel miserable as teenagers, but we often don’t understand the depth…