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Black Sun (2020, Gallery / Saga Press) 4 stars

The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of …


4 stars

Listened to this over a weekend where I REALLY needed to escape, it was fun and engaging and I definitely got really wrapped up in the world. I didn't know very much going into it but I'd read another short story by this author that I really liked and I saw it recommend a bunch / nominated for hugo, etc. I thought the setting was extremely sick and want to learn more about how the author built the world. Lots of fantasy elements which is unfortunately not totally my jam, but I enjoyed it a lot nonetheless.

Klara and the Sun (Hardcover, 2021, Faber & Faber, Limited) 4 stars

The story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place …


3 stars

Read this mostly as a bedtime read, which it was good for - pretty easy and not too creepy (although slightly unsettling at times). It nodded to a few things that piqued my interest (AI, eco-sabotage, transhumanism?) But didn't really flesh out any of them, they were mostly just a vibe/backdrop for the story of the characters, which was fine. Ive really enjoyed some books that explore human-robot interactions - marge piercey's body of glass comes to mind - but this didn't quite do it for me in terms of making my brain stretch around those questions of how we relate to machines. Which I don't think was the point of the book, I think the point was to build the world up from the perceptions of the narrator (an android) and that part was done quite well.

Overall a totally fine read and well-written but just didn't scratch anything …


5 stars

This novel was both totally stunning and extremely understated - bleak and unsentimental in its depiction of religious life and female friendship and backdropped by our increasingly impoverished society and the evaporating church. Entire worlds and characters constructed through painstakingly small details. I wouldn't say it's a banger, I don't know if I'd recommend it to every person I meet, but it was definitely for me.

Hermetica (Paperback, Detritus Books) 5 stars

When Dase finds an old news article behind the wall panel of their module—an article …


5 stars

This was a super fun, short and satisfying read, with a twist that was not totally unexpected but still well done nonetheless. I was in a pretty serious reading slump when I picked this up, but I was pulled into Dase's world immediately thanks to the well-crafted (but accessible) writing, and was finished the book before I finished my second cup of coffee. It may have been a short read but I've been thinking about it since I finished, and passing my copy along to my queer, sci-fi loving friends. Looking forward to more from this Author!!