“The Awakened Kingdom” by N.K. Jemisin

the awakened kingdom

The Awakened Kingdom is a novella set in the same world as N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy.  The Three gods that rule the universe have been in mourning since the loss of their son Sieh, the Trickster God.  Hoping to fill the void, they give birth to a new godling who calls herself Schill.  Schill realizesRead more

“Unexpected Stories” by Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler (1947-2006) is one of my all-time favorite authors.  She uses the platform of speculative fiction to deeply explore themes of race and gender, dominance and submission, and the use and abuse of power.  She sheds light on the dark side of human nature and shows how exploitation can become entrenched within a people’sRead more

“Mind of My Mind” by Octavia Butler

“Mind of My Mind” is the second book in Octavia Butler’s Patternist series (chronologically, at any rate).  It works as a standalone, so don’t sweat it if you pick this one up first. In Wild Seed, we were introduced to Doro, a mutant immortal who survives by jumping from body to body.  He was bornRead more

“Wild Seed” by Octavia Butler

I received a review copy of Octavia Butler’s “Wild Seed” from the publishers via Netgalley.  The book was originally written in 1980, and is being re-released as an e-book by Open Road Integrated Media. Before I get into my review in which I gush about how awesome Octavia Butler is, I’d like to share thisRead more

“The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula K. LeGuin

Ursula K. Le Guin is phenomenal.  A few months ago, I read her novel “The Telling” and loved the anthropological manner in which she describes the culture of her sci-fi worlds.  I had heard good things about “The Left Hand of Darkness,” and was not disappointed.  It is now one of my favorite books ofRead more