New Acquisitons: Holiday Edition

New Acquisitions is a feature where I talk about books I’ve purchased or received for review.  All descriptions are from Goodreads. Here is a snippet of a post-holiday conversation you would have heard if you were a fly on the wall in my apartment: Mike: So what did you get for Christmas? Me:  I got theRead more

The 2015 Science Fiction Experience & Vintage Sci-fi Month

“I write about people who do extraordinary things.  It just turned out that it was called science fiction.” -Octavia Butler Science fiction is one of my favorite book genres because it stretches the frontiers of the imagination while being grounded in and influenced by the problems of our own society.  I didn’t read much scienceRead more

The 2014 Science Fiction Experience

Today marks the beginning of the 2014 Science Fiction Experience, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  The Science Fiction experience is an informal type of reading challenge that focuses on enjoying science fiction in all its forms.  It begins today and lasts until the end of January.  January is also Vintage Sci-fi Month, hostedRead more

“The Day of the Triffids” by John Wyndham

  The Day of the Triffids, originally published in 1951, is a science fiction classic about an apocalyptic world caused by carnivorous plants.  The story opens as the narrator, Bill Masen, wakes up in his hospital bed.  Most of humanity was outside the previous night and saw green meteors flashing across the sky.  The nextRead more

“iD” by Madeline Ashby

  The first book in Madeline Ashby’s Machine Dynasty series, vN, was one of my favorite books that I’ve read all year.  The plot of vN features the story of Amy, a self-replicating robot whose failsafe fails.  This means that she is in the relatively unique position of being a robot capable of harming humans.Read more

Mini Review: “Downside Girls” by Jaine Fenn

  Last fall and winter, I took a long hiatus from blogging.  Balancing a new job, grad school, and my blog was just too much, and I returned to a more normal blogging routine this spring.  During my hiatus, I read a lot of books that I didn’t get a chance to fully review.  AsRead more

“Best Erotic Fantasy & Science Fiction” edited by Cecilia Tan & Bethany Zaiatz

  I don’t normally read a lot of erotica, but this title caught my eye while I was at BEA.  I’m not the type of person who is turned off by adult content in stories, but I do expect there to be some measure of a story and not just sex, otherwise I get boredRead 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 shareRead more

“Silently and Very Fast” by Catherynne Valente

  I can’t say enough good things about Catherynne Valente.  After reading Deathless, I’ve been trying to read other books.  I’ve been disappointed by most of them, not because they aren’t good, but because no other author is able to live up to Valente’s prose.  It’s exponentially phenomenal. “Silently and Very Fast” is no exception. Read more