Category Archives: Alternative History

Short Review Roundup – Falling Behind (Expectations) edition

The purpose of a book review blog is to publish book reviews.  (Look at me—courting controversy!)  I really feel like I have been slacking off around here.  I haven’t even really been reading that much (fantasy), but I have a … Continue reading

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Review of The Dream of the Iron Dragon by Rob Kroese

“Don’t get me wrong, there are worse ways to go out than holding off a Viking horde with a railgun, but it’s not a long-term strategy.” The Dream of an Iron Dragon has such a fun premise: 23rd Century humans … Continue reading

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford

Here I am, flouting social convention and breaking the rules once again.  So The Dragon Waiting isn’t a book yet to be released.  But I am waiting on it.  And I can’t wait. (Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Thinking.) … Continue reading

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2017 Dragon Awards Ballot

The Dragon Awards, associated with massive multi-media con DragonCon, are in their second year.  Unlike the Nebulas, which limit voting to SFWA members, and the Hugos, which limit voting to WorldCon members, the Dragon Awards open voting to anyone interested.  … Continue reading

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Review of The River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

The River of Teeth has a killer concept. It riffs off a cockamamie scheme to deal with invasive vegetation and a meat shortage in America by importing hippos en masse. In Gailey’s world, Congress went forward with the scheme (at … Continue reading

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Review of Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove

I read Joe Steele—and wrote an Amazon review—back when it came out in spring 2015.  I wanted to revisit in light of the rise of Trump (and the addition of an Infomocracy tag) and to give further consideration to how … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Women of Futures Past, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I discussed Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s essay on women’s contributions to the pulps in my review of Cirsova issue #2.  It was that essay that convinced me to pick up Women of Futures Past.  And, oh, how I am glad I … Continue reading

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Review of Breath of Earth by Beth Cato

Beth Cato’s debut The Clockwork Dagger showed promise.  Its sequel The Clockwork Crown showed improvement.  With Breath of Earth, a steampunk epic fantasy set in a Japanese-dominated alternate 1906 San Francisco, Cato shows she can tell a story with the … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: The High Crusade by Poul Anderson

In the year of our Lord 1345, a big, silvery spaceship lands in a small barony in England.  First contact is tough; one blaster blast from them, and a whole lot of clothyard shafts, lance tips, and sword blows from … Continue reading

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Review of My Real Children by Jo Walton

Since I spoke ill of My Real Children in my Hugo Awards Post-Mortem, my review is below. It’s not that I hated it; in fact, I quite liked it. But I don’t think it is award-worthy, and I think it … Continue reading

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