Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm (4/5 stars)

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm is an odd mix of heartwarming and bittersweet themes that boasts having won the 1977 Hugo, Locus, and Jupiter awards. Her prose is lovely, evoking the deep connection between humanity and the natural world and subtly juxtaposing it with the destruction of civilization as we know it. Wilhelm crafts a narrative surrounding the end of the world which is timeless and alien, dealing with concepts such as personhood and individuality. While I felt that certain portions of the narrative missed an opportunity for additional nuance and exploration, Wilhelm nevertheless brings us a thoughtful novel that will retain relevance for years to come.… Read More Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm (4/5 stars)

Advertisements

Dual Review: Unsouled and Soulsmith by Will Wight (4.5/5 stars)

After having read the first two books in Will Wight’s Cradle series, it felt unfair to review them separately. While the first book, Unsouled, was interesting and provided a solid foundation for the series… it fell a little flat for me – particularly when compared to the second book, Soulsmith. I enjoyed Unsouled, but I didn’t understand the hype surrounding the series until I’d read beyond it. Soulsmith was a romp and a half that left me hankering to start Blackflame, even at the expense of some of those ARCs I’ve got piling up!… Read More Dual Review: Unsouled and Soulsmith by Will Wight (4.5/5 stars)

The Redemption of Time by Baoshu – A Three-Body Problem Novel (3/5 stars)

While I think there’s a lot for Three-Body fans to enjoy in this novel, I felt that Baoshu’s contribution to the universe lacked the urgency and depth of the main trilogy. Where Cixin had a set, specific danger within each of his books, Baoshu takes on more of a historian role; the first third of the book is entirely contained within a conversation between two characters, Tianming and AA, discussing what has already happened to them. … Read More The Redemption of Time by Baoshu – A Three-Body Problem Novel (3/5 stars)

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (5/5 stars!)

Red, White, and Royal Blue will put your emotions through the wringer and bring you back out on the other side as a fundamentally better human being. I’m usually not a fan of contemporary fiction, but this one hit me right in the heart. I loved it to bits. Truly, I just wanted to take Alex and Henry, smoosh their faces together, and tell them that they need to kiss right this minute and acknowledge that they truly are queer as a maypole and desperately, desperately in love with one another.… Read More Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (5/5 stars!)

A Sword Named Truth by Sherwood Smith (3.5/5 stars) – ARC

A Sword Named Truth (ASNT) is the first in a new series by Sherwood Smith, set in the same world has the Inda Quartet: Sartorias-Deles. Similarly to Inda, ASNT begins with a young cast and will follow them into adulthood in subsequent books. While the characters are children, this book is not YA nor would I necessarily recommend it to younger readers given the dense worldbuilding.… Read More A Sword Named Truth by Sherwood Smith (3.5/5 stars) – ARC

This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (5/5 stars) – ARC Review

This book is poetic, romantic, strange, and violent – a whirlwind of emotion, fear, and firsts. Two soldiers fighting on opposite sides of a war up and down through the strands of time find that their greatest joy lies in each other, and thus begin a correspondence. They are two parallel lines that never meet despite having shaped one another through each of their interactions.… Read More This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (5/5 stars) – ARC Review