Uh, so I totally thought I could rail against Space Wars regarding its treatment of gender and its handling of US exceptionalism. I was actually… really really surprised, particularly since I read this and the Mistborn trilogy at the same time. Sanderson’s mishandling of female characters really shone in comparison to a book where there
In Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy, the most complicated thing is the innovative system of magic. This system is based around the ingestion of particular metals, the “burning” of which gives you particular powers. Being able to use this ability is genetic. This concern with genetics and survival is an underlying and creepy theme of this series.
Eric Garcia’s Dinosaur Mafia is the first detective series I’ve really gotten into in a while. Garcia delivers competent world-building combined with an engaging narrator, and each book so far functions as an accessible stand alone. <3 That being said, I wasn’t impressed enough that I, personally, would buy a copy — I got these as
The Stars Blue Yonder by Sandra McDonald is the third in a series of books beginning with The Outback Stars. The series is a space opera featuring military politics, True Obsessive Love, evil reptilian Roon, and Australian aboriginal gods who pick their Chosen when they enter spherical teleportation portals. The book’s dust jacket description says it better than
Yo, I want to apologize. A few weeks ago, I recommended the first book in the Godspeaker series, Empress. I finally got the chance to check out The Riven Kingdom, the sequel, and it’s like Miller took everything awesome about Empress and peed on it. Here’s the plot: Rhian is the only surviving child of
This was a very fun, very old-school read. At times, Miller felt like she was channelling early Tanith Lee (hear, I’m thinking of Vazkor, Son of Vazkor and The Birthgrave) or Robert E. Howard (of Conan-ic fame). Her exploration of violence, barbarism, childhood trauma, and implacable divinity frames a sustained character portrait of a woman who