‘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…

‘The Undefeated’ Review: An End to Some, A Beginning to Others

The Undefeated is smart, insightful storytelling, following a writer in her later years as she returns to her childhood home on a planet soon to be invaded. What starts as a bit of fond reminiscence becomes a story of oppression, detailing the everyday acceptance of slavery in the shared universal culture. We see how prejudices…

‘Dark Shores’ Review: Opposites At Play Amidst a Compelling World

Dark Shores delivers a wonderfully complex world fueled by political power struggles, seafaring traders, and a bevy of mysteries many are eager to uncover. We see the wonders of a world filled with hidden worlds and embodied gods living alongside a harsh, war driven society reminiscent of Ancient Rome. Beliefs clash, ambitions threaten to drown…

‘Westside’ Review: The Best Kind of Fantasy Novel

Westside matches mystery with fantasy, coalescing to form a brilliant setting that showcases the author’s strong imagination. I loved everything about this book, from the characters to the witty exchanges between random characters to the many nooks and crannies of this fascinating place. It’s a true joy to imagine our protagonist’s surroundings, reminiscent of a…

‘Radicalized’ Review: Science Fiction Meets Modern Society

Radicalized is a no holds barred look at the major issues plaguing our modern day society, incorporating science fiction and technology elements into smart, on point storytelling. I couldn’t put it down, marveling at how well he is able to discuss and breakdown issues like income inequality, racial profiling, a corrupt health system, and the…

‘Tangle’s Game’ Review: A Masterful Thriller in an Uncertain Future

Tangle’s Game starts off with a bang and never quiets down, throwing you into a whirlwind plot that’s equally fascinating and brilliant. By pairing a doubting protagonist with a secret that would topple the world, we get a heightened sense of suspense as she travels around looking for answers, at first ignorant of the forces…

‘Gaze of Robot, Gaze of Bird’ Short Review

Gaze of Robot, Gaze of Bird is a delightful story, detailing the reboot of a long dead race on a distant planet. We follow a robot who spends millions of years preparing the perfect world for a new race of monkeys. The scope of the story covers hundreds of millions of years, giving a startling…

‘A Memory Called Empire’ Review: The Brilliance of a Master Worldbuilder

A Memory Called Empire is a tour-de-force, sweeping you into a complex story and brilliantly rendered culture. From the start, a new ambassador must tread carefully through the treachery of a predecessor suddenly deceased. Answers are hard to find, allies are difficult to determine, and dangers are lurking where least expected. It’s part murder mystery,…