The Alchemists of Loom (1/10/2017)

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1) by Elise Kova Published: Keymaster Press (Jan 10, 2017) Posted: Cross-posted (Dec 31, 2016)     The Alchemists of Loom marks the beginning of a new fantasy series by Elise Kova. Combining Steampunk and high fantasy, the author revitalizes the questing-high fantasy genre, creating a detail-rich world with unparalleled originality. Alchemists may be extremely easy to read, but don’t let that fool you, there’s a lot to love here! Loom is a world of opposites. Controlled by a powerful race of magic-wielding beings known as Dragons, the downtrodden, gray-skinned Fenthri are forced to Read More …

Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3)

Death’s End by Liu Cixin (tr. Ken Liu) Published: Tor Books (Sept 20, 2016) Posted: Cross-posted (Dec 25, 2016) [Series Spoilers! See: The Three-Body Problem (Book #1) & The Dark Forest (Book #2)]     “Better leave the rest unsaid, Beauty, darkness, vehemence Let the old sea-nurses keep Their memorials of sleep And the Greek sea’s curly head Keep its calms like tears unshed Keep its calms like tears unshed.” – L.G. Durrell Death’s End is the final novel in Liu Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy. It continues the epic story set in motion by The Three-Body Problem and Read More …

Resistance (Divided Elements #1) (1/30/17)

Resistance (Divided Elements #1) by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky Published: KYRIJA (Jan 30, 2017) Posted: Dec 9, 2016     In the post apocalyptic wastelands of France, one nation-state remains vigilant against a dying world. Within the walled city of Otpor, life has no uncertainties. Humans are created through artificial means. The process both eliminates disease and grants mankind with great skill and unparalleled ability. The Commonwealth of Otpor is a Utopia ruled by the consent of the people. The only true crime warranting capital punishment? Freedom. Chaotic and unpredictable, all forms of resistance is abhorred. While jobs are chosen by people, Read More …

First Impression of Empire Games by Charles Stross (Sample) (1/17/17)

Empire Games (Empire Games #1) by Charles Stross Published: Tor Books (Jan 17, 2017) Posted: NetGalley, Medium (Nov 29, 2016) Tentative Rating: 2 to 3 Stars*     Charles Stross is one of the greatest futurists of science fiction. Not only was he one of the first great post-singularity novelists, but he also gave artificial intelligence a lot of legitimacy in his works. So, when I saw a 150-page sample of his new Empire Games on NetGalley, I dropped everything to read it. I don’t normally write reviews of samples but, hey, it’s Charles Stross! What follows is my impression Read More …