“The Mad Scientist’s Daughter” by Cassandra Rose Clarke

When I requested The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, it was actually by mistake.  I had confused it with a YA novel about Frankenstein’s daughter (proof that the …’s Daughter naming trend has gone too far), and thought I’d read it on a whim.  This turned out to be the best mistake of 2013.  The Mad Scientist’sRead more

Mini Review: “The Rapture of the Nerds” by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross

This post is a part of a series of mini-reviews of books that I read while on blogging hiatus last fall.  I received a review copy of The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross while at BEA in exchange for an honest review. The Rapture of the Nerds is the storyRead more

“Priest-Kings of Gor” by John Norman

When I get stressed out, I find myself drawn to so-bad-it’s-good pulpy sci-fi, which is why I picked up book three of John Norman’s Gor series.  For anyone who hasn’t read my reviews of the first two books, think A Princess of Mars, except all the women are sex slaves who seem to be relativelyRead more

“Outlaw of Gor” by John Norman

I picked up Outlaw of Gor, sequel to John Norman’s Tarnsman of Gor, because I was having a stressful week and wanted something mindless, pulpy, and fun. Tarl Cabot goes on a camping trip into the mountains and once again finds himself swept away to the planet Gor, known as the Counter Earth.  When heRead more

“Tankborn” by Karen Sandler

Back in June, I won a giveaway at The Book Smugglers for Karen Sandler’s novel Tankborn and its sequel Awakening.  The books are from Lee & Low, a new publisher focusing on multiculturalism and diversity in children’s and young adult literature.  Their mission is something that I fully support, and it’s especially heartening to seeRead more

“Morlock Night” by K. W. Jeter

I received a copy of Morlock Night by K.W. Jeter from the fine folks at Angry Robot in exchange for an honest review.  Angry Robot puts out some awesome books, and if you haven’t already, you should definitely check them out. Morlock Night is a steampunk novel that picks up where H. G. Wells’ The Time MachineRead more

“The Color of Rain” by Cori McCarthy

“The Color of Rain” by Cori McCarthy is a YA dystopian novel about prostitutes in space.  Set in a distant future, the novel features Rain White, a young woman living the industrial planet of Earth City.  Rain’s parents are dead, and her younger brother is Touched, which means that he has a neurodegenerative disease similarRead more

“vN” by Madeline Ashby

Amy Peterson seems like an ordinary little girl, but she’s not.  She’s a vN, short for von Neumann machine, a self-replicating robot.  Her normal childhood is only possible because she’s eating a restricted diet, preventing her from growing at her normal speed. Madeline Ashby imagines a world where robots are governed by specific rules.  OneRead more

“Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed” by Ray Bradbury

When I was in around third or fourth grade, I read a story in a textbook that captured my imagination and helped me discover a lifelong love of reading.  Like most stories that one reads in school as a child, it faded in my memory, even though it played an important role in my life. Read more