October Top 5: Time Travel, Robots & Mars

October was a great month for science fiction and fantasy! After a very lazy September, I finally got back into reviewing and made it through nine books. I enjoyed everything I read but these five really stood out from the mix. They feature solid storytelling, complex characters, and settings I couldn’t stop imagining. Check them…

Thin Air: Noir & Grunge on Mars

Thin Air slams out of the gate, throwing ultra-violence into a space-age noir that thrills on every page. With succinct writing and a brilliant grasp of the genre’s narrative form, Morgan has created a book that demands to be read. This isn’t the pristine Mars from your imagination. It’s a run-down, crime-laden den of iniquity, wrought…

Red Moon: A Lunar Murder Mystery

Red Moon is more than a sci-fi tale set on the moon. It’s an examination of world political climates and the clash of citizens against governments in favor of a free and peaceful world order. Paired with intense scientific knowledge and a back-and-forth narrative, Red Moon gives a glimpse of a possible future, one where many of…

Time’s Children: A Brilliant Journey Through Time

Time’s Children is a tour-de-force, setting a fascinating tale of magic and intrigue amidst a world filled with dark corners and creatures who are not to be trusted. I loved every part of this book, and applaud the author on creating a compelling story filled with brilliantly rendered scenes, settings and details that made the…

In the Vanisher’s Palace: Dragons, Love & Magic

In the Vanishers’ Palace will transfix you from the start, weaving a deftly written adaptation of Beauty and the Beast into a magic-filled world burdened with the evil remnants of a dark past. It’s so much more than a retelling of a classic story. Bodard has made it her own with enthralling prose and an inspired…

The Day Time Stood Still (Short Review)

The Day Time Stood Still is a beautiful, heartfelt story of love and loss, featuring one man’s attempts to keep his daughter free from the perils of growing old. He’s afraid of time and is given the gift of time frozen in place. The desperation to stay in a perfect moment jumps off the page and…

The Grays of Cestus V (Short Review)

The Grays of Cestus V is the tragic tale of a woman who finds herself lost in a world she no longer belongs in. What once was vibrant and exciting to her younger self is now dull and grey, a fact she can’t bear to live with. Roberts’ use of color fuels this emotional discussion on…

Sparrow (Short Review)

Sparrow tells the tale of a woman made redundant by a drone, recounting her final day washing the windows of a skyscraper. We see a character lost amidst the world, trying to find her place in it. The conversation on human labor being replaced by machines takes a backseat to the power of literature to…

The Real You TM (Short Review)

The Real You TM focuses on a new beauty breakthrough that doesn’t seem too far away. The story leaves you interested and mildly horrified at a future where replacing your face with a lifeless, hologram-like blank slate is desirable. Tanzer writes in an approachable style, taking us in-depth with the main character and the many poor life…