“Accessible, challenging, and fun by turns, Speculative Los Angeles possesses everything a fan could want.”
“master craft level of world building that offers much more to the fantasy genre than the usual fare.”
Pounce is an orange-and-black-striped tiger robot, “designed, to put it bluntly, to be huggable.” He was sold to the Reinhart family as a nanny for their eight-year-old boy, Ezra.
“The machine persona is not unlike a human psychopath: it lies perfectly, without compunction or any sense of shame.”
“Timely, intelligent, and fascinating . . .”
“I am an exile twice over, once from my home and once from Teixcalaan, which could never have been my home.”
No one is innocent in the series A Chorus of Dragons. Even the protagonists in Jenn Lyons’ series have done terrible things in their pasts, killing, betraying, and abandoning others.
“A skillful blending of magic and mayhem, the supernatural with the mundane.
Fugitive Telemetry is the sixth installment in the Murderbot Diaries series, and it’s one of the better ones.
“Nobody writes optimistic science adventure as well as Andy Weir. Anyone who loved The Martian will adore Project Hail Mary.”
What would happen if the first manned (and womanned) mission to Mars was chosen through a Survivor-style competition and the mission itself was a reality show?
“Silverberg’s stories transform alien planets and parallel universes into concrete realities that readers can inhabit and enjoy. . . .
Immunity Index takes place in a future that is uncannily similar to 2020. A pandemic spreads across the world, killing thousands and breeding political dissention.
“. . . a quirky extension of the H. G. Wells story, filled with animal puns, dialogue reeking with black humor, as well as an ending guaranteed to satisfy.”
“‘I’m real, you’re real. And real people don’t die and come back, regenerated into a hundred versions of themselves.’”
“the core nature of maleness and femaleness—the universality of humanness—shines through and reinvents itself to adapt to change in reality.”
“Readers who enjoy political intrigue in their fantasy will find Beaton’s debut deeply satisfying.”
“a tightly paced, well thought out cyberpunk thriller that entices after the very first chapter.”
“Klara and the Sun is about families, about the future of work, about disability and the nature of (post) humanity.
“a long walk through thick underbrush, but the payoff is worth the trek.”
As an old saying goes: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Tim Fielder’s book Infinitum tells the story of Aja Oba, an ancient African king who steals the son of his concubine and is cursed with immortality in revenge.
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, though billed as a novel, is a collection of vignettes and interrelated stories concerning various goddesses, nymphs, and mortal women connected in some
Evelyn Caldwell tells herself “I am not a monster,” but she may not believe it. Evelyn is a self-centered, work-obsessed woman who has devoted everything to her scientific career.
“The Witch’s Heart is gripping, evocative, and alternatingly joyful and heart-breaking. Gornichec’s prose is lyrical and fierce, just like her protagonists.”
“A tavern maid’s-eye view of epic fantasy is an appealing concept, but in the end, it feels like that eye is looking in too many directions at once.”