Book Review: Into the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep
By Mira Grant

My Edition:
Hardcover, 440 pages
2017, Orbit
ISBN: 9780316379403

Imagine Entertainment set out to “find” mermaids and film a documentary about it. But after the group of scientists, reporters, actors and film crew set sail on the Atargatis and fail to return, it’s clear they found something. Raw footage surfaces, revealing snatches of what appear to be mermaids murdering and devouring the crew. Imagine does their best to dodge the blame and frame the footage as a hoax, while prepping for another mission. Tory Stewart, whose sister has been missing since the first voyage, signs up to find out what really happened to her sister and get closure, and revenge, if she can. But the crew of the Melusine soon find themselves in more troubled waters than they ever imagined.

If I trust anyone to write a story about bloodthirsty mermaids it’s Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) and she didn’t disappoint.

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Book Review: Space is Just a Starry Night

Space is Just a Starry Night
By Tanith Lee

My Edition:
Paperback, 239 pages
2013, Aqueduct Press
ISBN: 9781619760318

A short story collection (from my queen) containing a prison planet that uses memories to manipulate its occupants, a woman released from deep freeze after over a century, a man’s relationship with his ship and a planet, a woman’s drastic transformation under the rays of the sun and more.

Shorts collections can be hit or miss whether the stories are from one or multiple authors. This is a solid sci-fi collection with a range of futuristic worlds and a few really stellar stories.

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Book Review: Flotsam

Flotsam
by R.J. Theodore

My Edition:
ARC paperback, 402 pages
2017, Parvus Press
ISBN: 9780997661378

I received this book for free from Parvus Press in exchange for an honest review.

Captain Talis took a salvage job in hopes that the payout would give her and the crew enough to fix up her airship and have some spare coin to splurge on food. The ring she retrieves turns out to be valuable to several groups, including the strange aliens who have come to research her home planet of Peridot, the religious cult her ex-boyfriend belongs to, and the gods of Peridot themselves. Talis and her crew find themselves in the middle of a war between the living gods and the groups who want to murder them and steal their powers.

Guys. Guys. Do you like airships, steampunk, aliens, sky pirates, cults and otherworldly beings? Then probably you should read this book because it’s a lot of fun.

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Book Review: Autonomous

Autonomous
By Annalee Newitz

My Edition:
ARC paperback, 301 pages
2017, Tor
ISBN: 9780765392007 (hardcover)

I received this book (and a sweet-ass Lego figure!) for free from Tor in exchange for an honest review.

Jack is a pirate who sells black market drugs in order to afford to produce expensive medications that she gives away to those who can’t afford them. Threezed is an indentured on the run and soon finds himself in Jack’s submarine. Paladin is a newly minted, and indentured, bot on his first mission with his new and alluring partner, Eliasz, to hunt down Jack. Medea is an autonomous bot who discovers some deadly side effects of a new drug that Jack might have had a hand in. As they circle each other and draw near, it’s clear these characters have more in common then they realize.

Another book that’s ultra-challenging to blurb – there’s so much I want to talk about, but so much you just need to read! I’m a total dink for leaving this book in my review pile for so long because it’s fantastic and deep and exciting and full of biting social commentary (probably more than I picked up on.)

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Book Review: Dune

Dune
By Frank Herbert

My Edition:
Paperback, 883 pages
2010, Ace
ISBN: 9780441172719

Duke Leto Atreides moves his son and her mother to the desert planet of Arrakis in order to establish their new rule. But treachery lurks within the castle walls and Paul and his mother must learn to live in the inhospitable desert in order to escape their pursuers. But can they adjust to life where every drop of water is precious and sandworms lurk under every dune?

Guys, I don’t know how to blurb this book….because I didn’t enjoy it. –Gasp!- I know, it’s a sci-fi classic, but man, it just wasn’t for me.

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Book Review: Artemis

Artemis
By Andy Weir

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 320 pages
2017, Crown
ISBN: 9780553448122 (hardcover)

Jazz Bashara grew up in the moon colony of Artemis – scheming and smuggling her way through life, hoping for that big break that will make her rich. When one of her loyal customers offers her a huge sum of money to sabotage a company he wants to take over, Jazz agrees. When her plans begin to go awry, Jazz realizes she’s in over her head and that her “simple” crime is at the center of a much larger conspiracy to control all of Artemis.

Artemis was a load of fun to read.

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Book Review: Barbary Station

Originally posted on Geek Girl Authority

Barbary Station
By R.E. Stearns

My Edition:
Hardcover, 435 pages
2017, Saga Press
ISBN: 9781481476867

Iridian and Adda have a plan – they’ll hijack an interstellar space station en route to Io and deliver it to a band of pirates living in luxury on the fabled Barbary Station, then get paid enough to live their own luxurious lives and pay off Adda’s student loans. Hijacking the ship goes smoothly enough, but when the women arrive at Barbary, rather than find themselves lauded and initiated into a pirate crew, they’re met with suspicion and immediately tasked to rescue the crew (and now themselves) from the insane AI holding the station hostage. 

Lesbian space pirates versus a murderous AI? Sign me the hell up! The result left me feeling conflicted, however. Buckle up!

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Book Review: A Man of Shadows

A Man of Shadows
By Jeff Noon

My Edition:
E-book, 352 pages
2017, Angry Robot
ISBN: 9780857666703 (paperback)

In Dayzone, the night never comes and lights burn bright and hot at all times. The other side of the coin is Nocturna, home of permanent darkness and man-made constellations. A killer called Quicksilver is terrorizing residents of both zones, killing faster than the eye can see. Down-on-his-luck detective, John Nyquist, finds himself caught up in the mystery of Quicksilver when his case to find a missing girl leads him to the shadowy, dangerous realm of Dusk.

I don’t know how to describe this book because I feel there are two potential stories here and the way they were blended together left me confused and a little underwhelmed.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Gothic Sci-Fi Stories

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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