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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