Fantasy Round 57: The Stone Sky

2017/10/01 Leave a comment

I could say that we could just give N. J. Jemisin her third Hugo for The Stone Sky and it would be well deserved, but that would be a very short review.

I will be spoiling the entire series here, so if you haven’t read it yet and don’t like spoilers… do it.  (Start with The Fifth Season.  But also, don’t read that post until you’ve read the book.)

The Stone Sky

I really should look to see where the inspiration for the stonework cover art came from.

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Science Fiction Round 76: Discovery

2017/09/25 Leave a comment

As a die-hard Star Trek fan, I am contractually obliged to comment on Star Trek: Discovery.

However, I’m not obliged to like it.

I’ve watched the first two episodes, and I’ve got to say, while the general direction may… eventually… be fine, there are already plot holes and continuity problems big enough to fit a Dyson sphere through.  And I worry about the general themes as well…

Note: There will be both spoilers, and LOTS of Star Trek references.  Ye be warned.

Star Trek: Discovery. It is certainly shiny, but…

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Science Fiction Round 75: Spiders in Space

2017/09/17 1 comment

I would like to note at the beginning that Children of Time is not suitable for anyone with a dislike or fear of arachnids (or creepy crawlers in general), so, if that’s not to your taste, feel free to move on.

Otherwise, if you’re interested in epic science fiction over long time scales, this is a pretty good book.  I’ll be spoiling the ending, so if you don’t like spoilers, I’d recommend reading the book first.

We’ve got a pretty green planet and a spaceship (both appearing in the book), but there really should be more spiders in this picture.

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Fantasy Round 56: The Serpent’s Shadow

2017/08/27 Leave a comment

I recently read The Serpent’s Shadow, the first novel in a series by Mercedes Lackey.

It was exactly what I wanted — a pleasant story with sympathetic protagonists and a complex (if irredeemable) villain.  It was cozy, and much less fraught than some of the other things I’ve been reading.

I’ll happily recommend it.  But I will, of course, have a couple of critiques.  (Some spoilers, but not of the ending.)

This is Maya Witherspoon, along with her menagerie and the titual snake.

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How To End A Season

2017/08/06 Leave a comment

I’ve been watching through Supernatural lately (which is fun, and I’ll probably write a post about that show specifically some time), and it’s led me to think a bit about the structure of television shows.

In particular, the nature of the season.  (And not The Fifth Season, mind you.)

Note: I’m not going to bother marking spoilers, since I’ll be referring mostly to older TV shows, or earlier seasons of them.

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