‘Borderless’ Review: Smart Storytelling in a Tech-Driven World

Borderless is a wonderful continuation of the Analog series, giving us a new protagonist and a new conspiracy with global implications that threatens to undermine human civilization as they know it. The villains are more villainous, the secrets are more damning, and the stakes are as high as can be. This is a spy novel…

Previewing ‘The Monster Baru Cormorant’

I previewed The Monster Baru Cormorant by reading the first four chapters. I realize I’m about five months late previewing a book published in October, but here were are. It’s a powerful book, but it’s not for a newbie who doesn’t know anything about the main character or the backstory. I missed out entirely by…

There Before the Chaos: Political Sci-Fi At Its Best

There Before the Chaos epitomizes the space opera genre, weaving a complex universe with a powerful protagonist and a story that utilizes political intrigue, space travel, and a strong history. The novel is an extension of an existing universe, but it stands mightily on its own. Wagers is an expert at dialogue and discourse, taking you…

Apocalypse Nyx: A Powerful, Conflicted Heroine

Apocalypse Nyx takes us into the world of Hurley’s Bel Dame Apocrypha series, giving us glimpses of the hardened, masterful character across five equally impressive novellas. Though I haven’t read the original trilogy, I feel like this is a great introduction to Nyx. Each story is filled with fight scenes, puzzles, and the dynamics of a…

The Mortal Word: A Mystery in History

The Mortal Word returns to the world of the Invisible Library, diving into a mysterious murder that causes the fate of the universe to hang in the balance. Cogman’s smart writing presents a quickly paced detective story that’s both fun and intriguing as the clues come together. I’m new to the series and I had no…

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….