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 – Mechanical Failure by Joseph Zieja

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Mechanical Failure Joseph Zieja Saga Press Release Date:  June 14, 2016 ISBN 978-1-4814-5927-3 My father-in-law loved to watch reruns of the 1960s TV comedy Hogan’s Heroes, about cheeky Allied POWs in a German WWII prison camp, run by a strict but inept commandant.  As a child, I found the series vaguely funny, but as I [….]

LitStack Review: The God Wave by Patrick Hemstreet

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The God Wave Patrick Hemstreet Harper Voyager Release Date:  May 17, 2016 ISBN 978-0-06-241950-7 The tale starts simply:  neuroscientist Chuck Brenton is musing on the plasma-screened brain wave chart of a cellist as she concentrates on mastering a difficult musical passage, and thinks back to when EEGs of those electrical impulses were recorded, as his [….]

LitStack Review: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

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Court of Fives Kate Elliott Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Release Date:  August 18, 2015 ISBN 978-0-316-36419-5 It’s wonderful how author Kate Elliott has been able to make Jessamy, the heroine of her YA novel, Court of Fives, so unique a literary character, and yet so recognizable in relation to what’s going on in [….]

LitStack Review – The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata

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The Red: First Light Linda Nagata Saga Press Release Date:  June 30, 2015 ISBN 978-1-4814-4657-0 I keep saying that military science fiction just isn’t my thing.  But then I read books such as Gemini Cell by Myke Cole or The Human Division by John Scalzi, and I wonder what would make me say such a [….]

Featured Author Review – Making Faces by Amy Harmon

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This month we return to our Featured Author segment and will spend the month highlighting the backlist of one of our favorite authors. For June, we will be hosting multi-best selling author Amy Harmon. Harmon is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and New York Times Bestselling author of seven novels – the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces [….]

LitStack Review: Gemini Cell by Myke Cole

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Gemini Cell Myke Cole Ace Books Release Date:  January 27, 2015 ISBN 978-0-425-26964-0 They’re lying to you.  Whoever wrote the back cover copy and the PR blurb-age wants you to think that Gemini Cell, the fourth in Myke Cole’s “Shadow Ops” series (and a precursor to the first three books) is a military sci-fi novel, [….]

LitStack Review: The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

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The Southern Reach Trilogy Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance Jeff VanderMeer Release Date:  February 2, 2014 / May 6, 2014 / September 2, 2014 ISBN:  Annihilation – 978-0-374-10409-2; Authority – 978-0-374-10410-8; Acceptance – 978-0-374-10411-5 Back in November, when I wrote a recommendation for Annihilation, the opening book in Jeff VanderMeer’s “Southern Reach” trilogy, the plan was to [….]

LitStack Review: The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson

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The Laughing Monsters Denis Johnson Farrar, Straus and Giroux Release Date:  November 4, 2014 978-0-374-28059-8 If you feel a bit over-saturated with holiday cheer, and need something to counterbalance the saccharine sweetness of the last few days, have I got just the book for you!  It’s not a horrid book, not in the least, nor [….]

LitStack Review: Longbourn by Jo Baker

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Longbourn Jo Baker Alfred A. Knopf Publication Date:  October 8, 2013 ISBN 978-0-385-35123-2 The promotional tagline for Jo Baker’s new historical fiction novel is “Pride and Prejudice is only half the story.”  I would put forward that Pride and Prejudice is merely the polished flooring that this marvelously realized story dances upon. As many Janeites* [….]