100 word review: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

100 word review: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

This is my favourite read from 2016, hands down. Lee has created the most inventive space opera universe… imaginable. The Hexarchate is an empire who can alter the laws of reality by enforcing belief on a population: altering the calendar. The Hexarchate is brutal, and its six factions don’t even trust each other. A calendrical […]

100 word review: At the End of the Day, by Claire North

100 word review: At the End of the Day, by Claire North

  Cat Webb/Claire North is angry – a good thing. She’s written this book that’s a little bit about everything – the end of the world, the world going to shit, our fears and hopes and dreams, and not a little kidnapping. This book is a serious level up from Webb/North. It’s a little abstract, […]

100 word review: The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North

100 word review: The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North

What would you do if you were forgotten, fading from everyone’s memory – your parents, friends, lovers? You’d become a thief, of course, and do pretty much whatever you want. The external trappings of the world give you nothing and you give nothing back to them. It would take something significant to get your attention […]

100 word review: A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers

100 word review: A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers

  A Closed and Common Orbit is a love letter to anyone who’s ever felt awkward, out of place, didn’t know what to say, or didn’t feel quite human. Chambers weaves two parallel stories, twenty years apart, into a gripping, wonderful story posing the questions (and daring you to answer differently) what it means to […]

100 word review: Certain Dark Things, by Silvia Moreno-García

100 word review: Certain Dark Things, by Silvia Moreno-García

Moreno-García has done something amazing: She’s made vampires interesting again, and in 2017 no less. She blends myth and legend from vampires across a range of cultures with commentary on race, class, and mental illness inside of modern Mexico DF. This is a creepy tale of a young man living on the streets after suffering […]

100 word review: The Gracekeepers, by Kirsty Logan

100 word review: The Gracekeepers, by Kirsty Logan

In a drowned world, there are the landlockers – living on the few bits of land remaining – and the damplings, surviving completely at sea. They meet, from time to time, in tidal zones. Callanish is a Gracekeeper – she buries the dead under the water and tends the birds who sing them to their […]

100 word review: The Reflection, by Hugo Wilcken

100 word review: The Reflection, by Hugo Wilcken

On the one hand, this is a twisty-turny noir tale, complete with mistaken identity, possibly corrupt police, and shadowy mob-style figures. Our narrator is a psychiatrist Dr. David Manne, is called in to give an opinion on temporarily committing a patient. From there things get strange. The other side of this book could range anywhere […]

100 word review: The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood

100 word review: The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood

This won the Kitschies last year, which should be enough to sway you, but in case not… In a word, batshit. Charmaine & Stan are living in their car as the world collapses around them. It’s somewhere between The Road and The Walking Dead, but they hear about Consilience: a social experiment which takes private […]

100 word review: The Obelisk Gate, by NK Jemisin

100 word review: The Obelisk Gate, by NK Jemisin

The second in Jemisin’s trilogy storms out the gate – mysteries are deepened even as they turn to secrets and are uncovered. The scale of what she’s working on – from the role of humanity as a form of social control through to the meaning of parent child relationships – is starting to become clear, […]