Why are reviews for books you absolutely loved the most difficult to write? You all probably know by now that Becky Chambers is one of my absolute favourite authors of all time. I adore her cosy science fiction writing and a new book from her is always a big event in my reading life. I went into The Galaxy and the Ground Within knowing exactly how much I'd love it, and all my expectations were met.
I’ve been wanting to read Ted Chiang’s short science fiction works ever since his much acclaimed Stories of Your Life and Others. His work gets loads of praise from literary types who don’t usually look twice at genre fiction, so I was definitely curious and picked up a copy. When two of the works in the book were nominated for Hugo awards, I finally picked up Exhalation and read it. I was absolutely blown away by his incredible writing and thought-provoking plots.
Welcome to my stop on the Goldilocks blog tour! This book snagged my attention back when it was announced and was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020. I adored Lam’s book False Hearts, and was eager to pick up what sounded like a book that was written for me. A feminist science fiction novel about five women who steal a spaceship? Leaving Earth in order to seek out a better future? Comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale? Yes please! I’m so thrilled to say that this book absolutely lived up to my sky-high expectations and I loved it -- it is easily one of my favourite books of the year so far.
A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe is a book that caught my eye with its gorgeous cover, amazing blurbs (Nicholas Eames!), and fun premise. Despite buying it over a year ago, it sat on my shelf until January (typical) when I picked it up for a buddy read with my friend and fellow BookTuber Amber. Unfortunately, I came away from this book incredibly disappointed! The buddy read is the only thing that kept me from DNFing it early on.
I’ve been wanting to pick up more classic science fiction lately, so I pulled Day of the Triffids off my shelf. It had been sitting there for well over a year and I had never picked it up. Despite it being a famous novel and film, I didn’t know anything about Day of the Triffids before I started it. I ended up really loving this classic dystopian novel!
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books Publication date: 18 July 2019 Genre: Science fiction Page count: 208 pages Rating: 4 out of 5 stars I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free. … Continue reading Blogger Blast: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohter and Max Gladstone
Embers of War first came onto my radar when it won the British Science Fiction Award for best novel in 2018. Curious and craving some good sci-fi, I decided to pick it up and see what all the fuss was about. To my surprise and delight, it features one of my absolute favourite tropes in science fiction -- sentient spaceships! I ended up really enjoying this fun sci-fi romp -- in many ways it captured the fun and essence of the Star Wars films and translated it onto paper.
By now you all know how much I absolutely love Emma Newman’s Planetfall books, so there’s no surprise that I was eagerly awaiting, and ultimately ended up loving, this book. The first sequel in the Planetfall series, Atlas Alone picks up six months after the events of After Atlas and deals with the consequences of those events in deep, thought-provoking, and totally horrifying way that only Emma Newman can achieve.
I absolutely love Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time and was curious to see what his other science fiction books were like. Walking to Aldebaran is the perfect way to sample his writing style -- clocking in at right around 140 pages, it’s a short but effective story of an astronaut lost in space.
I’m always on the lookout for some good science fiction, and The Tesla Legacy caught my eye. Not only did I meet the author at YALC last year, it’s a YA sci-fi novel set in a modern high school that sounded so much fun. I whipped through this book incredibly quickly -- it’s a perfect read-it-in-a-day book.