The Diabolic (S.J. Kincaid)


Title: The Diabolic
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★☆☆ || 2.5

So Diabolic is being described as Star Wars meets The Hunger Games meets The Red Queen, and as far as I’m aware it lives up to those expectations, but I’d add in a touch of Jupiter Ascending also––and I mean that as a good thing, as someone who thoroughly enjoyed the film and did not think it was trash.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a creature bred to bond with and protect –– and love –– only one person. Thus, when her master, Sidonia, is called to a treacherous court, Nemesis is chosen to go in her place, to keep her safe. But the court itself is a cesspit, and Nemesis may find that humanity (and, of course, love) are not so far from her grasp as she thought.

Whoo boy is this a complicated novel to talk about.

[Spoilers under the cut]

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The Obelisk Gate


Title: The Obelisk Gate
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★ | 5.0 out of 5.0

Note: This is the sequel to The Fifth Season.

I pre-ordered this book and started reading at 12:30am after I received an email from Amazon saying it had been delivered to my kindle. I got as far as the dedication before I started crying so much that I needed to take a break.

To those who have no choice but to prepare their children for the battlefield

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Title: Earthrise
Author: MCA Hogarth
Genre: Science Fiction, Action
Rating: ★★★☆☆ || 2.5 stars

Reese Eddings is down on her luck. Actually, Reese Eddings has been down on her luck for the last few years. Actually, Reese Eddings has a hard time keeping her ship, the Earthrise, afloat, and her crew, sparse as it is, haven’t been paid in months.

So when an old benefactor calls in a favour, Reese has no choice but to comply, embarking on a rescue mission for a captured Eldritch spy, Hirianthial (think Legolas but paler). But what was supposed to be a simple rescue mission gets Reese involved with pirates, the drug trade, and spywork, none of which is good for her stress, her grumpiness, or her ulcer.

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The Paper Menagerie

the-paper-menagerie-and-other-stories-9781481442541_hrTitle: The Paper Menagerie
Author: Ken Liu
Genre: Speculative Fiction, SFF
Rating: ★★★☆☆ || 2.5

This was such a mixed bag for me, more than most short story collections, which are I think necessarily a mixed bag. This is due in part to the fact that Ken Liu is a prolific science fiction writer, and I don’t like science fiction. Don’t get me wrong; his writing is solid and his concepts are interesting. I just didn’t find what he did with a lot of those concepts interesting, because they’re very steeped in sci-fi language, and I hate science fiction.

Out of the fifteen short stories, I really enjoyed State Change, Good Hunting, The Literomancer, The Paper Menagerie, All the Flavours, and The Litigation Master and the Monkey King. I enjoyed the concept but not the execution of The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species, The Perfect Match, and The Man Who Ended History. I was indifferent to or skipped Simulacrum, The Regular, An Advanced Readers Picture Book of Comparative Cognition, The Waves, Mono No Aware, and A Brief History of the Trans-Pacific Tunnel. I’ll be talking a little bit about the ones I liked and talking a little bit about the problems I had with the ones I didn’t love.

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