Genre: Science Fiction


Mar 19
Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

I didn’t need to read more than a couple of lines of the synopsis of The Martian before I knew I had to read this book.  I love stories set in space, and in this one, the main character is stranded alone on Mars after his NASA crewmates leave him behind, thinking he’d died in an accident.  He has no way to get off the planet and no way to communicate with NASA.  His only hope is to find a… Read more »


Mar 06
Review and Giveaway: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Review and Giveaway: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Tella’s relatively normal life is rocked by the serious and possibly incurable illness of her brother.  One night, she finds a mysterious box in her bedroom.  Inside is a device with a recording, informing her that she is “invited to be a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed.”  It gives the time and location of the first meeting, and it further informs her that “The Brimstone Bleed will last three months…The winning prize will be the Cure.”  Everything about the message… Read more »


Mar 05
Review and Giveaway: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Review and Giveaway: Alienated by Melissa Landers

I labeled Alienated as a science fiction novel, but that is really stretching the meaning of the genre.  Yes, there are aliens in this book, but the science is very shallow.  What is the point of featuring aliens in a story when they look, talk, and act just like humans?  I have always had an intense interest in books and films featuring aliens, so this was a big disappointment. In Alienated, Cara’s family signs up to be part of the… Read more »


Feb 23
Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

It wasn’t until I was about halfway through Into the Still Blue that I realized how much I disliked the relationship between Aria and Roar.  Yes, I know that platonic relationships can exist between gorgeous (and straight) men and women.  But it seems like Rossi couldn’t decide whether she wanted to create a legitimate love triangle or whether she wanted to keep Aria and Roar “just friends.”  Instead, the pair have a relationship that attempts to straddle the two extremes…. Read more »


Feb 12
Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is part of my personal “Series Catch-Up” challenge.  As many raves as I’ve heard about this book, I was skeptical.  A cyborg?  A cyborg mechanic, no less?  I wasn’t sure if or how I would connect with this story.  And honestly, before reading Cinder, I wouldn’t have been able to give you a good definition of cyborg.  I probably would have said, “It’s something like a robot, right?”  I needn’t have worried, though, because Cinder was a 5 star… Read more »


Feb 05
Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

I finally read Under the Never Sky!  And at the time that I’m writing this review, I’ve already read Through the Ever Night, and I’ve got Into the Still Blue checked out from the library.  I’m making good progress with my Series Catch-Up! Under the Never Sky is book that had some problems, yet the plot was exciting enough for me to overlook the flaws.  Let’s start with Aria, the pod-dwelling Ms. Snooty-Pants who considers Perry, a “Savage,” beneath her… Read more »


Jan 23
Limerickin’ Lit: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Limerickin’ Lit: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Let me get one thing straight.  In the dystopian world of Pawn, society is advanced enough that humans can be physically altered so successfully that they can actually take the place of someone else.  And not just some Joe Schmoe on the street, but a member of the society’s ruling family.  There’s just one little thing that these clever folks seem to have forgotten.  Everyone in Pawn is ranked on a scale from I to VI, based on intelligence.  These… Read more »


Jan 12
Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

The Troop is not for the squeamish.  In fact, much of it is downright disgusting.  If you decide to read this book, prepare yourself for graphic, merciless descriptions of oozing sores, bloody wounds, and worms squirming into (and out of) a variety of orifices.  In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m recommending this book.  I do have to mention upfront several instances of animal torture.  It starts off somewhat mildly with the burning of ants, but it gets much, much worse… Read more »