The aliens were problematic in the usual ways that aliens are problematic, which was an unfortunate distraction in this otherwise top-notch, page-turning space opera.
If this had been a novella, I would have still cared about the characters at the end.
Forty brief but entertaining glimpses of what the afterlife may look like (from heavenly wars to harps to explorations of macro- and microcosms) made for a particularly ideal audio book […]
The fight for the future of Disney World’s Haunted House ride by two different ad-hoc groups of Imagineers provides Doctorow with a surreal setting to explore the society of the […]
Cinder is a futuristic version of Cinderella, with a cyborg heroine, a down-to-earth prince, and an evil Lunar queen, but I never got really excited about it. I’m glad I stuck […]
Spin embodies my favorite things about good science fiction: big, creative ideas explored by interesting characters in an overall plot that makes it a pleasure to read.
This 340 page meditation on the theme ‘what if when I took cocaine I actually came up with good ideas, instead of just thinking I was coming up with good ideas” did […]
In this book chock-full of unimpressive technologies and semi-futuristic slang (not to mention stilted characters) Vinge really puts the ‘genre’ in ‘genre fiction’.
A genetically modified, teen-boxer, Latina girl-superhero in an occupied Texas border-town shows off the author’s serious writing skills (which I don’t think shine as much in the other novels I’ve read by […]
Aliens, stray cats, female genital mutilation, and vampire suicide bump up against longer stories set in Hobb’s Rain Wilds and Six Duchies worlds, creating an entertaining mix of ideas and […]