The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

3.75ish stars. Mary Robinette Kowal writes some incredible female characters. And they’re not stock “strong female” characters either, they’re real. In this case Elma is brilliant and capable, but doesn’t go on a tirade overthrowing the ’50s sexist patriarchy because Kowal wisely wanted to represent things as they actually happened, even in this alt-history where […]

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Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there was so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! I enjoyed Miller’s YA novel, The […]

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

2ish stars. Big news – I added a whole star since my last reading way back in the day (original rating: 1 star) because it was more amusing this time around. Verdict – Still probably in my top 5 most overrated books ever. Here’s the thing. Nothing happens. Gaiman spins an incredibly long yarn that […]

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Time Was by Ian McDonald

3.5ish stars. Not quite 4 stars. Sweet and subtly romantic. Languidly paced, but ends satisfyingly. There’s a lot I liked about this. I think one of the reasons I haven’t rated it higher is because it wasn’t what I was expecting. I’d hoped the romance would be a greater focus than it is. I thought […]

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