The Girl in Red

The Girl in Red

Intense, violent, dystopian thriller about — Little Red Riding Hood? Actually, Red is a survivor of a shocking new pandemic and she’s avoiding being picked up for quarantine by the police by cutting through the woods to yes, her grandma’s cabin. But there are others out looking to exploit the crisis for their own ends…does […]


Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Neil Gaiman wrote the scary parts and Terry Pratchett wrote the funny bits but the scary parts are funny and the funny bits are a little scary. Armageddon has arrived and it’s up to Crowley, a demon who has a particular fondness for the world, and Aziraphale, an angel who wants everyone to be nice, […]


Contagion by Erin Bowman

Contagion by Erin Bowman

“Contagion” is a very fast-paced, horror sci-fi novel with…wait for it…space zombies! Interested? After receiving a distress signal from a distant mining colony, a team is quickly assembled to investigate why the mining colony sent the distress signal and why it went silent shortly after. Upon arriving, the rescue team quickly realizes something went very […]


The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

Historical fiction meets fantasy in this story of travel, adventure and friendship during the Victorian era. Merrick Tremayne, a botanist injured while smuggling opium for the East India Company, is sent by them to Peru to steal shoots from the “quinine tree” so that the Company will have its own supply. Merrick finds forests full […]


The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

I listened to this charming story of a young man, unexpectedly pushed into being Emperor of the Ethuveraz, learning to govern while earning his own and others’ respect. Maia, the son of the late Emperor, an imperious and cruel man who is killed in an airship crash, along with the three sons he acknowledges, had […]


Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Free will and the freedom to use it are all that Sancia , twenty year old resourceful orphan, wants. Oh, and enough money to buy food for herself. This latest thieving job is way overpaid so she is sure to have enough food for a good long time.  It sounds like it will be easy. […]


Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

If you like a lot of science with your fiction, this one’s for you. Due to rapidly increasing bolide strikes from pieces of rock knocked off an impacted moon, Earth is splitting apart and burning. How to ensure that  humanity survives for the next 5000 or so years that the Earth will be uninhabitable? That […]


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This exhilarating story clearly exemplifies the difference for a reader/observer between reading a book and watching a movie. The cruelty and violence in this exciting tale for me would be impossible to watch on the screen (a movie is coming out) but I could “see” what I wanted and continue, horrified but not repulsed, to […]


The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Why are so many fantasy and science fiction novels set in Victorian England? Could it be that there were so many changes to the society brought about by new science and technical discoveries?  Nathaniel Steepleton is a telegraphist for the British government. His home is a tiny room where, one day when he awakens, there […]


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The night magic disappeared from Orisha a ruthless king took the opportunity to kill all the maji in the kingdom leaving Zelie without her mother and her people without a way to defend themselves. Fast forward twelve years later, the children of the magi, called diviners, are now second class citizens. They are taxed and […]