Category Archives: Science Fiction

Posts relating to books explicitly or obviously science fiction.

Record of a Spaceborn Few – Becky Chambers

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect this to be thoroughly tedious. I didn’t particularly enjoy either of the previous two, which seems a pretty fair basis to know this wouldn’t be my cup of tea. And lo, … Continue reading

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A Memory Called Empire – Arkady Martine

Holy shit. I mean really, holy shit this one was good. I was sold it as “like Ann Leckie and Iain M. Banks” and when people say that kind of thing to you? You just go “sure, sure” and mentally … Continue reading

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The Calculating Stars – Mary Robinette Kowal

Penultimate Nebula! So close! The finish line nears! And it’s another meh one… great. This one was frustrating – I loved the idea behind it, and was really glad to read a novel about it… I just was completely underwhelmed … Continue reading

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Blackfish City – Sam J. Miller

And back to the Nebulas, so I can actually finish (and blog) before the winner is announced. This year, I definitely will! I’m reading the last one as we speak (ssh, yes I am a blogpost behind). Aaaaand I was … Continue reading

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Dreams Before the Start of Time – Anne Charnock

Whoops! I forgot I read this first. In my defence, it’s kind of tiny (and I think I was part way through The Familiars when I read it, just so I’d be in time for Book Club). That said, for something … Continue reading

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Inversions – Iain M. Banks

I thought I’d read all the Culture novels… and I kinda had. But I needed something appealing to kick me out of the “but I could just keep… reading Cadfael?” streak, and a bit of Banks SF was a clear … Continue reading

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Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut

This was so fucking weird. I don’t know what I was expecting – maybe something fairly standard golden age SF? – but this… was not it. It’s a tiny, tiny book and yet it produced so many questions. Primarily “what?”. … Continue reading

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