LitStack Review: The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

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The Wanderers Meg Howrey G. P. Putnam’s Sons Release Date:  March 14, 2017 ISBN 978-0-3995-7473-4 This book…wow. I read a lot of books; a lot of good books. But this one? Wow. The Wanderers is a work of fiction but it feels real, taking place in the imminent present day surrounding the final training simulation [….]

LitStack Review: Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman

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Dark Orbit Carolyn Ives Gilman Tor Release Date:  July 14, 2015 ISBN 978 0-7653-3629-3 So much of the science fiction genre – the “ships in space” part of the genre – has, understandably, been based on exploration and discovery.  I mean, what can be more exciting than imagining new worlds, new creatures, new sensibilities, and [….]

LitStack Review: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

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Ancillary Sword Ann Leckie Orbit Books Release Date:  October 7, 2014 ISBN 978-0-316-24665-1 The following review of Ancillary Sword contains spoilers for those who have not yet read the initial volume in the “Imperial Radch Trilogy”, Ancillary Justice. * * * * * In 2013, Ann Leckie debuted her first novel, Ancillary Justice; other than [….]

LitStack Review: Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach

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Heaven’s Queen Rachel Bach Orbit Release Date:  April 22, 2014 ISBN 978-0-316-22112-2 I love Devi Morris. Devi is the heroine of Rachel Bach’s Paradox series, a trilogy of sci-fi/romance novels that gets it right – a hefty amount of other-worldly, spacey content to appeal to science fiction fans and enough romance to keep it interesting [….]

LitStack Review: Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

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Life on Mars Tracy K. Smith Graywolf Press Release Date:  January 1, 2011 ISBN 978-1-55597-584-5 I’ll admit it – I often have problems reading poetry. Don’t get me wrong.  I love poetry, or at least the idea of poetry.  It’s an idiom that is unique, that uses the look and the cadence of language to [….]

LitStack Review: ‘The Echo’ by James Smythe

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The Echo James Smythe Harper Voyager Publication Date:  January 28, 2014 ISBN 978-0-06-228728-1 Outer space – real space, not the space of zooming starships and photon torpedoes and intergalactic confederacies – is silent.  It is vast, empty.  It is dark.  It is full of the unknown. James Smythe’s novel The Echo captures this expanse of [….]

LitStack Review: ‘Honor’s Knight’ by Rachel Bach

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Honor’s Knight Rachel Bach Orbit Release Date:  February 25, 2014 ISBN 978-0-316-22108-5 Gosh, I am loving this series so much! Rachel Bach has written a science fiction series, of which Honor’s Knight is the second installment, that mixes space, aliens, fighting, conflict, romance and intrigue in just the right amounts to make it wildly entertaining, [….]

LitStack Review: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

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Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie Orbit Books Publication Date:  October 1, 2013 ISBN 978-0-316-24662-0 It’s a brilliant way to keep the reader slightly off kilter right from the start, reminding us that we are reading a science fiction novel without resorting to tentacled aliens or phasers set to stun.  In Ann Leckie’s debut novel, Ancillary Justice, [….]

LitStack Review: Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

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Fortune’s Pawn Rachel Bach Orbit Books Release Date: November 5, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-316-22111-5 In fiction, as in life, there is a fine line between the ridiculous and the sublime.  This is especially true in the fantasy and science fiction realm, because a scifi/fantasy author must build something at least somewhat recognizable out of an alien [….]

LitStack Review: The Human Division by John Scalzi

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The Human Division John Scalzi Tor Books Release Date:  May 14, 2013 ISBN 978-0-7653-3351-3 John Scalzi may just single-handedly bring me back to the “science fiction” half of the “science fiction and fantasy” genre. I used to enjoy reading tales of space exploration and alien life; Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and of course, [….]