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.

When your inner reader needs a palate cleanser 0 (0)

A couple years after I entered the Air Force, my boyfriend and I went to a new gourmet restaurant in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. We were celebrating something (I can’t remember what) and the restaurant was the fanciest and most expensive one we’d ever tried. This was where I was introduced to menus that have […]

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Reader and Raelynx, by Sharon Shinn 0 (0)

“You realize, don’t you, that you’ve picked something in the middle of a series?” Sharon Shinn asked me when I brought her this book to sign. “That’s okay. I have faith you’ll bring me up to speed.” I was joking, but I also believed it. Sharon and I were on some panels together at COSine, […]

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The Soul Mirror, by Carol Berg, and the Power of a Likable Protagonist 0 (0)

The Soul Mirror is the second in a series, but Berg does an interesting switch of protagonists and provides enough subtle background that the reader is brought up to speed quickly. In The Spirit Lens, we’re introduced to a Renaissance-like world poised to move into the realm of science. The first book is narrated by […]

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Child of a Rainless Year, by Jane Lindskold 0 (0)

When Mira is nine, her eccentric mother disappears. No one knows who Mira’s father is, but luckily, mysterious trustees ensure that Mira is placed with loving foster parents in Ohio. Mira’s upbringing becomes more conventional, but her foster parents die when she’s in her early fifties. That’s when she learns she still owns her childhood […]

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Leviathon, by Scott Westerfeld, and recent criticisms of steampunk 0 (0)

I don’t always appreciate Young Adult (YA) SF/F. The world might not be complex enough for my taste and sometimes I don’t relate to the protagonists (perhaps I’ve crossed into crotchety-old-fart-land — more on that “place” later), but this wasn’t the case with Westerfeld’s Leviathon. I cared about the characters, particularly Alek. The girl Deryn […]

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Gail Carriger & Dan Abnett; In which I enjoy alternate English history and ignore immodest head-hopping 0 (0)

For the first week after surgery, I couldn’t get to sleep easily. The pain was disturbing if I lay on my side. My back felt least strained when I lay flat upon it, but I had to endure the screaming-sharp pain of initially putting pressure on my incision. The pain would eventually calm down, but […]

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