Winter’s Orbit, by Everina Maxwell

The Upshot: An emotional romance butts heads with a dull, occasionally baffling conspiracy plot in this uneven but ultimately rewarding space opera. Winter’s Orbit, by Everina Maxwell Published February 2nd, 2021, by Tor Books 431 pages (Kindle Edition) Finished Reading April 1st, 2021 Kiem, troublemaker prince of Iskat, is compelled by the Emperor to enter […]

April and May Titles

It’s once again that time! April is a very light month for me – there’s really only two books on my aboslutely-must-read list, and I’ve already read one of them – so I’ve decided to combine it with May, where there are a LOT of books to read. Too many, some might say! As always, […]

The Unbroken, by C.L. Clark

🌟 The Upshot: Complex characters and a compelling, anti-colonialist plot mark this stunning debut fantasy novel. The Unbroken, by C.L. Clark Published March 23rd, 2021, by Orbit ARC Edition, 464 pages Finished Reading March 20th, 2021 Note: I received an Advance Review Copy (ARC) from NetGalley, courtesy of Macmillan-Tor/Forge, in exchange for an honest review. […]

DisCon III: My (Very Short) Ballot

As the robot says, DisCon III – the 79th World Con, which hosts the Hugo Awards – will run from August 25-29th in Washington, D.C., this year. Just like last year, I purchased a “Supporting” membership in the convention, meaning that I can nominate for and vote on the winners of the Hugos. The ballot, […]

Race the Sands, by Sarah Beth Durst

🌟 The Upshot: A thrilling character-driven fantasy that I didn’t want to end. Race the Sands, by Sarah Beth Durst Published April 21, 2020, by Harper Voyager 544 pages, Kindle Edition Finished Reading March 2nd, 2021 Tamra. Raia. Augur Yorbel. Lady Evara. Emperor-to-be Dar. The lion kehok. These names don’t mean anything to right now […]

Star Wars: The High Republic – March Update

Into the Dark, by Claudia Gray Published 2/2/2021 by Disney Lucasfilm Press Finished Reading 2/24/2021 The High Republic #2-3, by Cavan Scott and Ario Anindito The High Republic Adventures #1-2, by Daniel José Older and Harvey Tolibao This is my second post on the Star Wars High Republic initiative, which I’m really enjoying quite a […]

March Titles

It’s that time once again to pick out the books I’m most excited to read for the next month. I’m still behind on January and February, so it’s a good thing that I’ve already read one of these! This post is a general update on the blog; at the bottom you can find my current […]

The Mask of Mirrors, by M.A. Carrick

A The Upshot: An absorbing masquerade with countless memorable characters, deep worldbuilding, and layered schemes, this is sure to be one of the best books of the year – if not the best. The Mask of Mirrors, by M.A. Carrick (Rook and Rose, Book One) Published January 21st, 2021 by Orbit Paperback, 630 pages Finished […]

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain, by Nghi Vo

B+ The Upshot: Another exceptional story about stories, the second book in the Singing Hills Cycle is just as magical as the first, with an intriguing Rashomon-esque story – though the ending leaves a bit to be desired. When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain (The Singing Hills Cycle, #2), by Nghi Vo Published December […]


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