• Romance Book Review,  Science Fiction Book Review

    Bellwether

    My Review: I didn’t know a single thing about Bellwether when I picked it up, but I decided to give audiobooks a try while at work and remembered a friend’s glowing comments about the book. This novel was quite simply a pleasure to listen to, and I’m so glad that I took that blind recommendation. Bellwether transcends genres: science fiction, satire, romantic comedy. When I say science fiction, I mean fiction about science. The main character Sandra is a researcher studying fads and this book screams 90s nostalgia. The book pokes fun at popular trends, from fashion fads to new work culture mantras. The characters were charming and I found…

  • Science Fiction Book Review

    Diary of an AssCan

    My Review: I honestly don’t really know what I expected with this short prequel story to The Martian. I loved Watney and his struggle to survive on Mars after ending up stranded. The story has captivated both book readers and movie audiences alike and it is completely understandable. Diary of an AssCan is a short the follows Watney as he prepares for the doomed Mars mission. Perhaps this story might have been better consumed as a bonus at the end of the original book, but going back I just didn’t feel like I got anything fun or new from this. You get a little more about the characters and a…

  • Science Fiction Book Review

    The Martian

    My Review: A lone scientist finds himself left behind on planet Mars with limited supplies and no rescue in sight. Add in a dash of humor and The Martian makes for a perfect science fiction adventure and it is no surprise that this book was wildly popular upon release. The book does well explaining the science behind many of the things that Watney does to survive, making this a good solid hard science fiction book that would please fans of the genre. Although some of the technical details may be intimidating or a bore for some readers, the humor littered throughout makes this book a lighthearted read. It’s a great…

  • Science Fiction Book Review

    Waiting on a Bright Moon

    My Review: It is always amazing to me the amount of world-building that can occur in such a short story, and I was captivated by the world within Waiting on a Bright Moon in which humanity has been spread across space living in colonies. Humanity remains connected through the mysterious powers of the ansibles, a small enclave of special women whose “closeness” allows them to open portals through space through the power of song. Despite their incredible powers, they are looked down on as expendable parts and are cast out due to their proclivity toward other women. The starmages are equally incredible, and I was in awe of the magic…

  • Horror Book Review,  Science Fiction Book Review

    The Girlfriend Game

    My Review: The Girlfriend Game is an interesting collection of stories that explores the darker side of human nature through stories that at times veered into the uncanny and animalistic. This collection provided a wide and diverse set of stories across several different genres. The titular story, The Girlfriend Game, plays with the anxieties of individuals in a committed relationship and was one of the strongest entries in the collection. One of my personal favorite stories was Predator Bait, a story about a young woman that acts as an under-aged girl in a televised sexual predator sting operation, a satirized version of To Catch a Predator. It explores the ways…