Top 5 June 2018 Favorites

It’s my first monthly favorites list, and there have been some great books this month! Below are my top 5 favorites – they’re all unique in their own way and I wholeheartedly recommend them. Passing Strange, by Ellen Clages Review excerpt: This book surprised me. I expected a fantasy novel filled with magic. What I…

Review: Space Opera

The best way I could describe this book is with a simple math equation: Douglas Adams x 10 + Speed. The book shoots out of the starting gate and shows such startling imagination and speculative depth that it’s nigh impossible to keep up with everything happening. In the face of such originality and inventiveness, it’s…

Review: Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach

A complicated future awaits, complete with invasive technology, time travel tourism, and a world stripped of natural resources. In this masterfully written novel, the author has given us a fascinating set of characters determined to help the world regain the life it once knew by visiting a past filled with life. By raising questions on…

Review: Free Chocolate

Say the words “Space Opera” and I’m there with the popcorn, ready for the ride. Free Chocolate is everything I could have wanted and more, complete with intricate and dramatic characters, dozens of twisting plot lines that lead to a slam-bang finish, and an absurd resource at the center of all the drama: chocolate. This…

Review: The Only Harmless Great Thing

A perplexing read, this little book takes time to sink in before you realize the brilliance the author has put forward. Part mythology, part alternate history, part science fiction and part linguistics, the author has created a quilt of stories that together provide a bizarre and thought-provoking look at how this American tragedy might have…

Review: Passing Strange

This book surprised me. I expected a fantasy novel filled with magic. What I got was a beautiful love story set in 1940’s San Fransisco, with every word masterfully written. It’s light on the fantasy, but manages to add in a very interesting depiction of the artistic process behind the fun and shocking art plastering…

Review: Artificial Condition, The Murderbot Diaries

Wow. I love this series. Great main character with a dark back story and hilarious habits. Tight writing with fast-paced incidents and a longer narrative stretching between books. It’s sci-fi meets mystery meets action adventure. Dare I say this second book was even better than the first… ARTIFICIAL CONDITION: THE MURDERBOT DIARIES Martha Wells Tor.com, 2018…

Review: Clade

It’s pretty unnerving to read such a realistic retelling of the horrible things that could happen to the planet (some of which currently are). It was a well-written, very literary look at the negative effects humanity is having on our world and how that impacts the lives of everyday people. CLADE James Bradley Titan Books, 2017…

Review: Sea of Rust

This book is amazing and I’m frankly pissed that I took so long to read it. My thoughts have been racing for the past couple days just thinking through all of the concepts put forward. It’s a brilliantly realized future (albeit dark and absent of humans), but everything is so well presented that I’m just…

Review: All Systems Red, The Murderbot Diaries

ALL SYSTEMS RED: THE MURDERBOT DIARIES Martha Wells Tor, 2017 QUICK SUMMARY Indifferent robot gone rogue. A team stranded with an unknown enemy. Search and report. Murderous robots and a huge helping of conspiracy. WHY I LOVED IT The Protagonist Holy hell, this protagonist is one of my FAVORITE robots. Hands down. And I love robots….