Category Archives: SF/F Books

Just my two cents on science fiction (SF) and fantasy novels/anthologies I’ve read. Sometimes I comment on the state of publishing SF and fantasy.

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien 0 (0)

In preparation for Peter Jackson’s movie, The Hobbit, I decided to pull out Tolkien’s classic children’s tale and re-read it. It’s been two decades since I last read it, because I don’t read this book as frequently as I read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (LOTR). It was as delightful as I remember and since […]

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The Cardinal’s Blades, The Alchemist in the Shadows, by Pierre Pevel 0 (0)

Pevel’s series will envelope the reader in seventeenth-century Paris, but it’s not our Paris, because here be dragons. If you look these books up on Amazon.com, you may see some snotty comments (I don’t know how else to describe them) which say, “This is just The Three Musketeers with dragons.” No, it isn’t. Brush off […]

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Embassytown, by China Miéville 0 (0)

I am in awe of China Miéville’s world-building talents. His SF presents concepts and ideas that are thought-provoking, engaging, and just plain impressive (in the “I wish I could have come up with this” category). However, I wish he would put as much effort and ingenuity into his story and character motivations. More on that […]

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Alien in the Family, by Gini Koch 0 (0)

Sometimes it’s a mistake to pick the third book in a series to read first. The prologue and back cover of this book was promising, because the 1st-person voice is dry and amusing. While the author manages to keep up that voice throughout the book, sometimes I felt like I was repeatedly being hit by […]

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Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson 0 (0)

I’ve had a few people recommend this book to me over the years. Then, after my husband read Anathem, by Neal Stephenson, I figured I should read something by this giant of SF. But, after I’ve finished, all I can say is, “Meh.” That’s it. Everything averaged out to… average. Any opinions?Illuminating (0)Interesting (3)Useful (2)Ho-Hum (2)

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Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia 0 (0)

When I returned from my palate-cleansing reading jag, this book was on the top of my SF/F reading pile. I’d ordered this book after reading an interview with Larry Correia, and his description of having an average accountant as his protagonist intrigued me. Funny—if I’d picked this book from the shelf, I probably wouldn’t have […]

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