Did the three norns, spinning our fates at the foot of Yggdrasil, ordain that I finally got around to reading Neil Gaiman's American Gods mere weeks before the television adaptation premiered? It had languished on my to-read list for years, but an unusual confluence of events--remembering the title after spotting another Gaiman novel on sale, … Continue reading Recent Reads: “American Gods”, by Neil Gaiman
From my earliest memory of stories, I’ve loved science fiction; however, I admit I’ve had only a small exposure to non-Western examples of the genre. Liu Cixin's 2015 Hugo winner The Three-Body Problem offered an imagined future with different cultural roots. The result is an intriguing (if imperfectly executed) novel with exquisite historical resonance. The Three-Body Problem weaves … Continue reading Recent Reads: “The Three-Body Problem” by Liu Cixin
“I feel a bit unqualified,” I confessed to my dad. “A lowly indie author criticizing a Nebula award winner?” The man who always provides unflinchingly candid feedback on my manuscripts observed that acclaimed works don't always stand on their own merit. “Call it like you see it,” he advised. So I will. Ancillary Mercy let … Continue reading Recent Reads: Ancillary Mercy
Ancillary Sword lacks some sharpness, but still holds an edge as unique science fiction literature. The story resumes where its predecessor Ancillary Justice left off. Breq, now captain of an imperial ship, embarks on an errand to a neighboring star system where social conflicts simmer. Leckie seems determined to include the panoply of trending laments: colonialism, the plight … Continue reading Recent Reads: “Ancillary Sword” by Ann Leckie
Happy Halloween! Are you ready for some online trick-or-treating? I don't have carved pumpkins or fake spiderwebs like your decor-enthusiast neighbors, but instead of chocolate or granola bars, I'm giving out free e-books. (Can you imagine collecting books door-to-door all night? How do I start a new holiday?!) Here's how it works: ring my digital "doorbell" on October 31st by submitting … Continue reading Tricks and Treats, Pt II: Free Kindle Candy!