“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.  InRead more

Post-finals book buying binge

My classes for this semester are officially done, and I got A’s.  Now that I’ll (hopefully) have more time to read, I went on a bit of a sci-fi book-buying binge. I went into the used bookstore with the intention of picking up something else by Sheri S. Tepper.  I recently read Singer From theRead more

“A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Several people have asked me what my thoughts were on the John Carter movie and how it compares to the original books.  Of course, I hadn’t read “A Princess of Mars,” and I hadn’t gone to see the movie, and so I was at a complete loss.  I was delighted to find that “A PrincessRead more

“Sassinak” by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon

“Sassinak”  is one of Anne McCaffrey’s lesser-known novels.  It is co-written by Elizabeth Moon.  I had never even heard of it before I came across it at a used bookstore, but hey, there were space pirates.  What’s not to love about that? The book tells the story of Sassinak, who becomes orphaned as a childRead more

“Second Foundation” by Isaac Asimov

Over the past couple months I’ve been participating in a groupread of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy with a group of other bloggers.  As we finish each book, I like to take the time to post a regular spoiler-free review for anyone who hasn’t been following along with the discussions. “Second Foundation” is the third bookRead more

Second Foundation Groupread, Part I

Welcome to the first half of the groupread of Second Foundation, which is a part of The 2012 Science Fiction Experience hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings.  Over the past month, we’ve been working our way through Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, which won the 1966 Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series.  Thus far, “Second Foundation” is myRead more

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Over the past few months, many of my friends and relatives have told me that “The Hunger Games” is fantastic and is something that I absolutely must read.  I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, especially after the whole Darkness Too Visible controversy last summer.  As the movie is coming out next month, IRead more

“The Rowan” by Anne McCaffrey

Although “The Rowan,” by Anne McCaffrey, is a science fiction novel, it reminds me a bit of a fairy tale.  It just has that “once upon a time” magical feel to it. The story is set in a distant future where telepathy and psychokinesis have been scientifically proven to exist among a small percentage ofRead more

“Foundation and Empire” Groupread, Part II

So this is a bit later in the day than I’d intended, but I spent a good portion of the weekend playing catch-up with my classes since my textbooks finally arrived.  I’m sleep deprived and mildly incoherent.  Fun times! Welcome to the conclusion of the Foundation and Empire Groupread.  Last week’s discussion can be foundRead more