“Twenty-First Century Science Fiction” edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Twenty-First Century Science Fiction features stories from sci-fi authors that have risen to prominence since 2000. All of these stories are new to me (apparently I don’t read enough short stories!) and the collection contained a pretty wide spread of subgenre and length of stories. One thing that struck me about this collection is that …

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“Dangerous Women” edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

I was really excited about this anthology! I love anthologies, I love kickass women, and the Martin-Dozois anthologies attract the best fantasy writers. I’ve read and liked one of their anthologies (Songs of Love and Death) before, but this one blew it out of the park! Dangerous Women doesn’t just feature sci-fi/fantasy stories; there are a …

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“The Republic of Thieves” by Scott Lynch

I just want to say “YAY, GIMME MORE!”, but I don’t think that would be a very good review, so I’ll try and extract some coherence from my general happy feelings about this book. The Gentlemen Bastards is one of my favourite fantasy series – I love the world, I love the characters, I love …

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“The Best of All Possible Worlds” by Karen Lord

I started writing this review over a month ago, and I still don’t think I can do a good job summarising my thoughts about this book, so I’m just going to go ahead and post this. There are some books that haunt you for days after you’re done reading them, and The Best of All …

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“Agent to the Stars” by John Scalzi

I’m a big fan of John Scalzi, and I’ve been wanting to read his first novel, Agent to the Stars, for a while and I finally got the opportunity to when Tor sent me a review copy. (I was going to buy it eventually anyway, but as soon as it arrived, I had to read …

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“Billy Moon” by Douglas Lain

Billy Moon is Douglas Lain’s debut novel, and it’s one of the most original fantasies I’ve read recently. We follow an alternate version of the grown Christopher Robin Milne, who is still coping with the fame thrust upon him by the success of Winnie the Pooh. Things aren’t helped by the fact that he occasionally …

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“The Magicians” by Lev Grossman

I’ve been wary of reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I’d heard a lot of great things about the book, but I don’t usually like fantasy stories where the protagonists are older teens/adults from our world who discover a fantasy world; it tends to dampen the sense of wonder and discovery that usually accompanies the …

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“Transcendental” by James Gunn

I’ve never read anything by SFWA Grand Master James Gunn, so I was very excited when I received a review copy of his newest novel, Transcendental from Tor. Transcendental follows a variety of humans and aliens aboard a starship on a very unique pilgrimage – finding the machine that will help them achieve the mystical …

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Interview with author Jason M. Hough + THE DARWIN ELEVATOR Giveaway!

I’m interviewing sci-fi author Jason M. Hough today! I really liked his debut novel, The Darwin Elevator (here’s my review), and I’ll also be giving away a copy at the end of this post! Here’s the interview. Tell me about yourself, and how you got into writing. I’m a father, a geek, and a former …

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“New Earth” by Ben Bova

New Earth follows the first manned Earth mission out of our solar system, an expedition to the surprisingly Earth-like planet Sirius C. When the explorers arrive at “New Earth”, they find much more than expected – intelligent life, and scientifically impossible similarities to Earth. And as they struggle to unravel this mystery, Earth is undergoing …

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