The Weekly Yaasss is a round-up of everything Reviews & Robots, and beyond! Get up to date on last week’s articles, find a few yaasss-worthy things in sci-fi for the week, and check out the upcoming books I’m adding to my reading list.
This week’s list includes some Harry Potter plans, a few articles on Kim Stanley Robinson, BFA winners and Mars, and a list of upcoming reviews. Scroll down to check it all out!
Fantastic Beasts 2 is on the horizon and I’m hella excited! It shouldn’t be a surprise that I loved all things Harry Potter, and this new series is a great addition to the HP universe. To prepare for the release, I’m planning on re-watching all of the movies to get in the mindset. You’ll see a few articles, lists and whatnot about all of the awesomeness! And as a final note, I’m a Slytherin. Don’t @ me.
Sci-Fi Articles That Caught My Eye
This fascinating profile on Kim Stanley Robinson goes in-depth, looking at his approach to science fiction and his new book.
A huge congratulations to all of the amazing authors who won this year! The brilliant Passing Strange picked up an award for Best Novella – huzzah!
Looks like there’s a possibility of life on Mars – if it’s moles or ground hogs or something that lives underground. Exciting, nonetheless!
Mecha Samurai Empire is a beautiful complexity, weaving alternate history, military fiction, cultural appreciation, and a coming-of-age story into a well-rounded novel that demands to be read. It’s more than epic battles between mechanical warriors, though those are exciting and well-done. It’s a story about good versus evil and a young man’s place in the world as he grapples with the realities of war and the inevitable losses that result. It’s a story with heart, and I appreciated every page of it.
The Book of Dog is one of the strangest books you’ll ever read, yet somehow it works. This apocalyptic tale of the coming of the rapture pairs American ignorance with freakish occurrences, sending the read on a dystopian path through the stories of six women and the inevitable end of the world as we know it. I can’t begin to describe how strange of a read this is, and I’m amazed at how well all of the bizarre pieces work together to create this inspiring story.
Irontown Blues is a riveting detective story, sprinkling bits of 1930’s neo-noir onto a science-fiction setting. Varley has laid out a smart sleuth tale, complete with a brilliant canine sidekick and a history that slowly unravels a story much deeper than the simple case our detective set out to solve. There’s a lot of brilliance here that begs to be read and imagined.
Battlestar Suburbia asks what the world would be like if every appliance, gadget and machine suddenly gained sentience. In the tale that follows, McCrudden shows us an irresistible world through a humor-driven narrative that shows a fractured society filled with corruption and constant surveillance by the powers that be. There are many parallels to our world, giving way to a larger discussion about class structures and what happens when power dynamics shift.
Exit Strategy is a fitting end to the marvelous Murderbot Diaries, giving a final huzzah to a character I’ve grown to love over the past year. The fourth addition to the series concludes the journey our favorite bot set out on, complete with moments of peril, fear, and feels. Wells continues to focus on Murderbot’s brilliant personality while showing us the human parts that have continued to grow from the beginning. It’s a well-written, fast-paced final jaunt and I’m ecstatic to know this isn’t the end for our sassy, soap-opera-obsessed protagonist.
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 version of dragons that shows much more than their scaly exteriors would betray. Prepare to be swept away.
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 world come alive. Prepare to be swept away by the tides of this masterful story.