Monthly Archives: June 2016

Book Haul Post: Used-Bookstore Edition

Houston is a great town.  It’s a helluva place for a man to make a living.  It’s a helluva place for a man to make a living doing what I do, and it’s a city the guy you hire to … Continue reading

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Review of Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

A frequent complaint regarding today’s short speculative fiction is that it is too frequently only nominally speculative or not really speculative at all.  I’m leery of going that far, if only because I like non-speculative fiction just fine and I … Continue reading

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Review of The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand is Stephen King’s classic post-apocalyptic (but perhaps not deserving of the label ‘dystopian’) tale with strong supernatural elements.  Humanity is decimated by the accidental release of a United States government-created superflu when a military police officer (Charles Campion) … Continue reading

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Review of The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall; Death is the fifth, and master of all. The Fifth Season is a beautifully written apocalyptic fantasy featuring an intricate and inventive magic system and world.  It’s also very ambitious from a literary standpoint, but those … Continue reading

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Review of The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings is remarkable even for this halcyon age for the doorstopper epic fantasy in which we live.  Sanderson openly pitched it as a 10 volume series.  The hardcover dwarfs the collected first eight volumes of The Walking … Continue reading

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Review of Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds

Slow Bullets, like Perfect State, has a premise that didn’t grab me and would have kept me from reading it but for being a Hugo finalist.  In this case it wasn’t the copy but the plot descriptions from some of … Continue reading

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Review of Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Stormdancer benefits, first and foremost, from having pretty much the greatest concept ever—feudal Japan-inspired, eco-dystopian steampunk.  What’s not to love?  And it is that the development of that concept, and the attendant world-building, that carry the book. The curiously-like-Japan-but-created islands … Continue reading

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