The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang is one of the two standalone introductions to their Tensorate series. Both it and The Red Threads of fortune can be read independent of each other, but run parallel to each other. It's a fascinating construction for the start of a series, but I can't speak to how well it works yet, because so far I've only read one of the two books. Sorry guys!Read More
While some who aren't used to reading sci-fi or fantasy may dismiss the premise, Naomi Alderman is working at the core of what science fiction is supposed to do; she is taking this story and using it as a mirror, showing us something in ourselves that we can't see in the normal sort of mirror, showing us something in the world that we're too accustomed to the normal world to see.Read More
This book. THIS BOOK. This book, you guys. It kept me up for three nights in a row, vacation days where I had other things I needed to be doing during the day, old friends that I had promised to meet with, family that I wanted to spend time with. But every night, back at my hotel, I would pick up this book and read until I realized that it was way too late, much, much later than I had planned on staying up.Read More
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Oh man does this book have a lot going on. Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer is the second book in her Terra Ignota series. It is beautifully written, and imagines a futuristic world that is as close to a realistic utopia as I have seen so far, a world that I would choose to live in in a heartbeat--and then shows us it's rotten core, the ways in which we didn't really outgrow our issues with religion, gender, sex, power, and war, lets it tear itself apart in front of our eyes.Read More