Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman Review

“I feel called,’ said Tess, feeling it again, groping around for words to clothe it in. “To walk into the world, to see what’s needed, and do it. To uncurl myself and respond.” “Sometimes you can’t fix what you broke. Sometimes you just have to live with it.” The first comparison that popped into myContinue reading “Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman Review”

Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma Review

Others have said it better, but this probably is not objectively a bad book. It was just a bad book for me to read. Things I hate in novels (a brief non-encompassing list): animal death, women treated poorly, children being abused, endings that feel sudden and unfinished. Things this novella contained: all of the above.Continue reading “Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma Review”

All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater Review

Oh, I wanted to like this book more than I did. All of Steifvater’s non-Raven Cycle books end up falling into a rut for me, simply because while her style of writing lends itself very well to the type of story and atmosphere she’s building in Henrietta, it feels a little overdone elsewhere. Also, IContinue reading “All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater Review”

These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy Review

These Feathered Flames was a richly imagined, character intensive novel that fell somewhat short of my expectations. If there existed a spectrum for books where on the right was “plot-driven” and on the left was “character-driven”, this book would lean VERY heavily to the left, and I’m not sure if that’s quite my personal preference.Continue reading “These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy Review”

In the Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard

This fantastic novella surprised me, delighted me, and checked all my boxes. Utterly original beauty and the beast vibes? Check. A gorgeous f/f relationship? Check. A brilliantly imagined post-apocalyptic fantasy society with a Vietnamese cast? Check. Heart-wrenching parent/child dynamics? Check. The world created here pushes up against the boundaries of my imagination, generating a beguilingContinue reading “In the Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard”

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

A well-written, utterly original, and captivating science fiction novella. I am fascinated by the world that Okorafor has created, with its diverse human and alien populace. So much science fiction has to do with war lately, and while this novella doesn’t lack carnage and conflict it is fundamentally about acceptance and understanding. I also likedContinue reading “Binti by Nnedi Okorafor”