LitStack Review: Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black

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Ninth City Burning J. Patrick Black Ace Release Date:  September 6, 2016 ISBN 978-1-1019-9144-2 This is our future – one that is unrecognizable. That it is our future is inconsequential. It’s not clear why some people are fontani and most others are not. What is clear is that those who are fontani are the defenders [….]

LitStack Review: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

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Ninefox Gambit Yoon Ha Lee Solaris Release Date:  June 14, 2016 ISBN 978-1-78108-449-6 This is what you get when you let a mathematician write science fiction. Ninefox Gambit is military science fiction unlike anything else I’ve ever read. This is a good thing. Most of the military science fiction I’ve read seems a heckuva lot [….]

LitStack Review: Bloodline by Claudia Gray

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Bloodline Claudia Gray Release Date: May 3, 2016 Del Rey ISBN-10: 0345511360 Claudia Gray can tell a Star Wars story. I got this book from the library shortly before Carrie Fisher fell ill. I had been meaning to read it since its publication and had been looking forward to it since finishing Claudia Gray’s previous [….]

LitStack Review: The Burning Light by Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler

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The Burning Light Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler Tor.com Release Date:  November 1, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-9086-8 New York City. The future. Manhattan is flooded, some buildings still tenable, but many abandoned, rusted and moldy, full of squatters and junkies. Transport moves via watercraft. Worldwide, humanity relies on mind-linking networks to communicate. And then there [….]

LitStack Review: Babylon’s Ashes by James S. A. Corey

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Babylon’s Ashes James S. A. Corey Orbit Books Release Date:  December 6, 2016 ISBN 978-0-3163-3474-7 NOTE:  Babylon’s Ashes is the sixth book of James S. A. Corey’s superlative The Expanse series (out of a planned nine volumes). Before reading any further, realize that it’s virtually impossible to review book #6 without including spoilers for earlier [….]

LitStack Review: After Atlas by Emma Newman

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After Atlas Emma Newman Roc Release Date:  November 8, 2016 ISBN 978-0-425282-40-3 Last year, Emma Newman’s novel, Planetfall, chronicled the aftermath of an interstellar expedition whose participants thought they had found the resting place of God. Led by the unshakable faith of the genius scientist known as the Pathfinder, a thousand people left behind their [….]

LitStack Review: The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson

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The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe Kij Johnson Tor.com Release Date: August 16, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-9141-4 It’s not often that you have a story where the hero is a middle aged woman. Or one where her fantastical tale is not carried aloft via fighting technique or extraordinary cunning, but due to her past experience of traveling [….]

LitStack Review: The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu

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The Rise of Io Wesley Chu Angry Robot Release Date: October 4, 2016 ISBN 978-0-85766-525-6 Have you ever been away from something for a while – a favorite restaurant, a fun vacation spot, a go-to shopping center – and returned to find the same old place, but updated, revitalized, fun to get to know all [….]

LitStack Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Becky Chambers Harper Voyager Release Date: July 5, 2016 ISBN 978-0-06-244413-4 We’ve all heard the T.S. Elliot quote, in one form or another: “The journey, Not the destination matters…” In Becky Chambers’ debut novel, this adage is beautifully rendered while still maintaining a story that builds towards [….]

LitStack Review: Admiral by Sean Danker

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Admiral Sean Danker Roc Books Release Date:  May 3, 2016 ISBN 978-0-451-47579-4 You’ve probably heard it/seen it/read it before, especially if you are a science fiction aficionado: the main character(s) wakes up on a ship at sail with no recollection how s/he got there and no idea where the ship is headed or what it’s [….]