Review: Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America (repost from GoodReads 2017)

Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America by Robert Charles Wilson My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a great adventure story – funny, dramatic, and bittersweet – and my favorite SF novel that I’ve read this year. The old-fashioned tone is completely convincing and switches easily between humorous moments and serious ones. TheContinue reading “Review: Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America (repost from GoodReads 2017)”

Review: 2312 (repost from 2016 on GoodReads)

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson My rating: 5 of 5 stars 2312 is a future history in which new habitats have been created throughout our solar system, on Mercury, Venus, Mars, several of Jupiter’s moons, Saturn and its moons, and inside many asteroids. Much of the plot revolves around the mystery of a series ofContinue reading “Review: 2312 (repost from 2016 on GoodReads)”

Review: Doomsday Book (repost from 2016 on GoodReads)

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis My rating: 4 of 5 stars I found out about this book when GoodReads recommended it after I added To Say Nothing of the Dog. I hadn’t realized it was part of a series. Doomsday Book is the first book in Connie Willis’s Oxford Time Travel series, which is aboutContinue reading “Review: Doomsday Book (repost from 2016 on GoodReads)”

Review: The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall; Death is the fifth, and master of all” Synopsis from GoodReads: Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutallyContinue reading “Review: The Fifth Season”

Review: Space Opera

Space Opera by Catherynne M. ValenteMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I have read one other book by the author, Deathless ,a fantasy set during the Russian Revolution. It is much darker than this one, which is a comedy. The premise is basically a galactic version of the Eurovision Song Contest: the Megagalatic Grand Prix,Continue reading “Review: Space Opera”

Review: The Lucky Strike

The Lucky Strike by Kim Stanley RobinsonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This book includes the novella, “The Lucky Strike,” along with an essay and an interview. The novella is an alternate history story, in which Col. Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay, crashes his plane and dies a few days before he’s supposedContinue reading “Review: The Lucky Strike”

Book Beginnings #17: Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The weekly post goes up every Thursday and bloggers can add their links all week.  Synopsis: A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented-something to cheer up everyone whoContinue reading “Book Beginnings #17: Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente”

Deal Me In Update: April

Here are the stories I read in April! Hearts: Stories on Audio “Snow” by John Crowley — Lightspeed podcast. The link goes to the magazine where you can either read it or listen or both. The author discussed the story with Lightspeed here, and I had a hard time figuring out what else to sayContinue reading “Deal Me In Update: April”

Review: The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le GuinMy rating: 5 of 5 stars The Left Hand of Darkness is one of my favorite science fiction novels and definitely my favorite by Le Guin. This was my third time reading it. This book won the Hugo & Nebula Awards for Best Novel in 1970.Continue reading “Review: The Left Hand of Darkness”

Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsMy rating: 4 of 5 stars “This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much all of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these wereContinue reading “Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”


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