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Review: “Transcendent 3,” ed. Bogi Takács

Pros: Very moving stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Bogi Takács edits Transcendent 3: The Year’s Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction. The stories within range from tales where a character just happens to be trans or genderfluid in

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Review: “Wireless,” Alex Acks

Pros: Delightful characters and worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Alex Acks writes Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures (Adventures of the Valiant Captain Ramos), a collection of three stories about steampunk Captain Marta Ramos and her stout crew.

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Recipe: Coconut Tapioca Pudding (with Ginger)

Anyone who spends any time here knows I love all things custard and pudding. Tapioca is a favorite. Ingredients: 2 (13.5 oz) cans coconut milk 1/4 cup sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup tapioca granules 1 teaspoon vanilla Optional: 1/4

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Review: “Rust: One,” Christopher Ruz

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Somewhat confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 In Christopher Ruz’s Rust: One, Kimberly Archer is pushed in front of a train. When she wakes up, she’s living in the town of Rustwood. She’s married to a

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Review: “Beware of Wolf,” Geonn Cannon

Pros: Delightful story on several levels Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Geonn Cannon’s Beware of Wolf: An Underdogs Novel is a delightful urban fantasy-slash-thriller. Private investigator Ariadne (Ari) Willow is a werewolf, or canidae. Her partner and lover,

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Review: “The Grand Dark,” Richard Kadrey

Pros: Incredibly engrossing! Cons: A little slow at first Rating: 5 out of 5 Richard Kadrey’s The Grand Dark introduces us to Largo Moorden, a bike courier in the post-war city of Lower Proszawa. He and his girlfriend Remy, an

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Review: “Dragon Rising,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Great adventure and action Cons: Formulaic; a few details Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Linsey Hall’s Dragon Rising (Dragon’s Gift: The Sorceress Book 4) continues the story of Aerdeca, a blood sorceress and Dragon Blood who lives in the

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Review: “Demon Curse,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Definitely a fun adventure Cons: Formulaic Rating: 4 out of 5 Linsey Hall’s Demon Curse (Dragon’s Gift: The Sorceress Book 3) is her latest book about Aeri/Aerdeca, blood sorceress and Dragon Blood living in the magical town of Magic’s

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Review: “Inside the Asylum,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Delightfully horrifying! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s Inside the Asylum (A Kathy Ryan Novel) is the sequel to her Behind the Door. Each is a standalone story connected by the occult investigator protagonist Kathy Ryan.

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Review: “Mothership,” eds. Bill Campbell, Edward Austin Hall

Pros: Really neat stories; very diverse Cons: Some of the stories are pretty confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 While the title of Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond indicates that these stories are Afrofuturism, the diversity is a wider

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