Provenance by Ann Leckie

3.75ish stars. I went into this expecting it to be dense and complex and maybe even a little challenging, based on descriptions of the author’s Imperial Radch series that shares a universe with this book. While the universe itself is quite intricate, including alien races, cultures, and detailed political intrigue involving several parties ( the […]

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Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

5ish stars. An unqualified masterpiece. This is some of the smartest, most exciting, and most imaginative fiction I’ve read in a long time. It’s grand, expansive, and both character-driven and plot-driven. Uplifted spiders. So cool and creative. The evolution of the Portias and their clusters is endlessly compelling. The journey that the humans take over […]

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Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

4.5ish stars. Post-apocalypse but instead of zombies or raiders or corrupt governments, this is full-on wackiness. Gigantic flying bear, Mord, is Lord of the city and has a brood of regular terrifying bears that act as proxies for carrying out his royal bearship’s horrific rule. Little kids with bee eyes and wings and all sorts […]

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Brimstone by Cherie Priest

3.5ish stars. Very understated for a horror novel. More supernatural fantasy with underlying horror elements that occasionally rise to the surface. 🙂 The two main characters are likable, particularly Alice (and Felipe!) although their POVs are more interesting at some points than others. The tone of the novel is an inconsistent back-and-forth of light and […]

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