Dark Eden (2012), by Chris Beckett

This book has been on the periphery of my awareness for a while now---both because Matt and Adrian, from the really excellent Spectology podcast*, loved it, and also because N. K. Jemisin, back when she was writing a science fiction column in the NY Times book review, really didn't love it. My reaction is a … Continue reading Dark Eden (2012), by Chris Beckett

Escaping Exodus (2019), by Nicky Drayden

Nicky Drayden is a writer that I think not enough people know about. Longtime readers will recall that I have enormous respect for her inventively weird imagination, and Escaping Exodus is an outstanding example of what she does best. It is about a society of humans living on generation ship—but it is no ordinary generation … Continue reading Escaping Exodus (2019), by Nicky Drayden

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (2011), Days of Blood and Starlight (2012), Dreams of Gods and Monsters (2013), by Laini Taylor

I loved Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares duology, so this trilogy, her first, has been on my radar for a while. I finally finished listening to it (as audiobook, so names and spellings may not be fully accurate), and I have two primary responses: Wow, that was an astonishingly florid, ooey-gooey-romantic … Continue reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone (2011), Days of Blood and Starlight (2012), Dreams of Gods and Monsters (2013), by Laini Taylor

Binti (2015), Binti Home (2017), Binti The Night Masquerade (2018), by Nnedi Okorafor

I wanted to like these books. I really, really did: mathematicians, sentient spaceships, alien space jellyfish—what's not to like? Quite a lot, to be honest. But I do want to be fair here: The things I dislike about these books are truly subjective. They didn't work for me not because they were bad, but because … Continue reading Binti (2015), Binti Home (2017), Binti The Night Masquerade (2018), by Nnedi Okorafor

The Worldbreaker saga (Mirror Empire/Empire Ascending/Broken Heavens, 2014/2015/2020), by Kameron Hurley

I have enormous admiration for Hurley's other work—especially The Stars are Legion and her Nyx novels. They are gooey and imaginative and gross and brutal with a glorious disregard for genre conventions. The Light Brigade, her most recent book before this one, was structurally brilliant, but it was undeniably military SF, which is a genre … Continue reading The Worldbreaker saga (Mirror Empire/Empire Ascending/Broken Heavens, 2014/2015/2020), by Kameron Hurley

Serial Box! The Vela/The Fisher of Bones/Cold Witch/Ninth Step Station

I was first sucked into the world of Serial Box through their excellent marketing, which offered me the entire first season of Book Burners for free, and which I liked so much that I agreed to shell out real money for some of the other properties. (Now it looks like they're charging for it--and good … Continue reading Serial Box! The Vela/The Fisher of Bones/Cold Witch/Ninth Step Station