Tag Archives: Young Adult

Half a King was my Introduction to Joe Abercrombie

Half a King is Joe Abercrombie’s first book marketed as Young Adult.  It was also my introduction to Abercrombie’s work.  It’s easy to see why he is so popular.  He displays an easy skill with the technical aspects, both at … Continue reading

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Vintage Science Fiction Month: Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein

I know that Space Cadet is a good book on an intellectual level.  But it doesn’t evoke the same kind of visceral gut reaction that Have Space Suit—Will Travel did.  There certainly isn’t anything remotely as gripping as the two … Continue reading

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The Tethered Mage is an excellent fantasy debut, if a little YA for my tastes

The Tethered Mage is an excellent fantasy debut, if a little YA for my tastes.  It benefits tremendously from a rich, Venetian-inspired setting, a well-crafted plot, and two strong leads. Heiress Amalia is pulled into empire politics when chance (and … 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 Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker

I might not have picked Age of Assassins up, but a blogger friend passed along an ARC.  And man am I glad she did.  Age of Assassins may not do anything that hasn’t been done elsewhere, but the worldbuilding is … Continue reading

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Review of For Steam and Country by Jon Del Arroz

Jon Del Arroz’s steampunk YA novel, For Steam and Country, shows a lot of promise, but unfortunately it too often typifies what I like least about both steampunk and YA.

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Giveaway! And Review of Firebrand by A.J. Hartley

I was all kinds of impressed by Hartley’s Steeplejack. Firebrand improves on it. Hartley is more confident in his story, his setting, and his characters, and it shows. Ang Sutonga is back as a private detective/secret agent for parliamentary backbencher … Continue reading

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Review of Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley

I don’t read much YA. If there is much as good as Steeplejack out there, I need to read a lot more. Steeplejack follows a 17-year-old chimney repairer turned private investigator in a fantasy South Africa. The story following her … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Two weeks ago I reviewed Have Space Suit—Will Travel, my first Heinlein juvenile.  I bought, picked it, and read it a bit ago.  The review wound up being very well timed.  A YA book imitating the Heinlein juveniles was released … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Have Space Suit—Will Travel by Robert Heinlein

I don’t read a whole lot of YA fiction these days (or ever, really).  Even less middle school fiction.  And I suppose Have Space Suit—Will Travel, like The Hobbit, would be marketed as middle school fiction were it to be … Continue reading

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