fiction

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…

Book Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

Title: The Troop Author: Nick Cutter Publisher: Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) Format: Print Rating: 3 out of 5 Note: I was given an advanced review copy of this book by the publisher. Imagine the savage survivalism of Lord of…

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 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: 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…

NaNoWriMo: Taking the Plunge – Again!

Well, it’s officially late October, and you know what that means: a frantic ramp-up to NaNoWriMo. Well, perhaps not frantic, but it’s definitely a more informed mess of activity than it was in 2011. Last year was my first time writing for…

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.…