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Review: “Earth Alone,” Daniel Aronson

Pros: Interesting start to a military sf story Cons: One big plot hole Rating: 3 out of 5 Daniel Aronson’s Earth Alone: Earthrise Book 1 depicts a dystopian future in which huge centipede-like aliens regularly try to invade earth. They

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Review: “Wired,” Douglas E. Richards

Pros: An interesting take on high intelligence Cons: Some of the hammered-in details weren’t ones I could agree with Rating: 4 out of 5 Wired is the first book in a series by Douglas E. Richards. In it, Kira, a

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Review: “Trapped,” Douglas E. Richards

Pros: I think it works as a children’s book Cons: Oops, didn’t see that it was a children’s book… Rating: 4 out of 5 I started reading Douglas E. Richards’ The Prometheus Project: Trapped (Volume 1) because I’d been intrigued

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Review: “One Fell Sweep,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Rich worldbuilding and fascinating characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’ One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles Book 3) follows on the heels of Clean Sweep and Sweep in Peace. I think this is the best so

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Short Take: “Beneath the Cut,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Loved this tale. Plenty of mystery and strangeness Cons: Not everyone will want the murky turn into what is death? Rating: 5 out of 5 Beneath the Cut measured up to what I expect from Ike Hamill at this

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Short Take: “After We Live Forever,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Unique Cons: Really, really weird; oddly long Rating: 4 out of 5 My opinion of Ike Hamill’s books varies wildly. Some of them are absolutely amazing (Like the Madelyn series) while I dislike others. Overall he’s great, though. His

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Review: “Screams in the Woods,” Michael R. Martin

Pros: Perfect for readers who want lots of expository puzzling-out Cons: Long with lots of exposition Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Michael R. Martin’s Screams in the Woods is one of a certain kind of books: there’s a dark mystery

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Review: “After Atlas,” Emma Newman

Pros: Fascinating detail Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Emma Newman’s After Atlas (Planetfall Novel, A) is a follow-on to a previous novel I haven’t read, but I didn’t find that made this hard to follow at all. When

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Review: “Counterpart,” Hayley Stone

Pros: Interesting world-building Cons: Still want more info on the difference in machines’ behavior, etc. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In Stone’s Machinations, we discovered a world in which the robots we built are amassing against us. Now, in Counterpart,

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Review: “Ninth City Burning,” J. Patrick Black

Pros: Wonderful characters Cons: Want to know more about what they’re fighting; time differences should produce more change? Rating: 3.5 out of 5 J. Patrick Black’s Ninth City Burning is a fascinating look at a war between forces from two

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