Binti, from a desert-dwelling Namibian clan, has been accepted to Oomza Uni – a prestigious inter-alien university, but far from home. On the way, disaster falls – she’s right in the middle of a long-standing feud between the human Koush and the alien Meduse. 3.5 stars In brief: Binti offers …
Alice Payne #1 Alice Payne, daughter of an impoverished landowner, and part-time highwayman, gets away with her latest robbery. But then the victim … disappears? Where to, and how? And, most important, to when? 3.5 stars In brief: The story moves forward with energy.
October Daye #12 October Daye, blood-magic adept and knight of the realm finds herself in over her head when her daughter is kidnapped – again. 2.5 stars In brief: The whole effort could have benefited from subtlety and depth.
A collection of speculative stories by Sandra M. Odell 2.5 stars In brief: A long chain of dark message-heavy mood pieces without much story was too much for me
The Navy of Humanity: Wasp Squadron #1 Floribeth, an Off-Planet Worker and pilot, finds something on an ordinary exploratory trip – something big. She barely escapes danger, and finds her whole life transformed. 3.5 stars In brief: The story moves fast, and it’s exciting
Murderbot Diaries #2 An ungoverned, free-willed cyborg and security expert searches out an episode in its past in which it seems to have killed a considerable number of people. 4 stars In brief: a lot of fun, and a good continuation of an engaging story.
In an alternate post-Civil War New Orleans, a girl who hosts the god of storms finds herself traveling with an airship pirate to recover a mysterious weapon. 3 stars In brief: All in all, an interesting but somewhat patchy novella.
The Universe of Xuya #3 A sentient, bankrupt ship expert in tea brewing, and with a dark past, is enticed into action by a prickly detective. 2.5 stars In brief: A bonus produced for existing fans.
Cas Russell #1 An item recovery specialist with an uncanny mathematical ability and frightening friends finds herself in over her head after rescuing a kidnapping victim. 3.5 stars In brief: It’s a fun read.
Yesterday’s Kin #2 In a ship built according to a Kindred template, humans have come to explore World’s mysterious nature and history. But they’ve brought soldiers, violence, and human nature with them. 3 stars In brief: If you want good writing and feel comfortable with colonial ideologies, this book may …