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Review of Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield

| October 17, 2018

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal today. This week, it’s Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield, a novella of time travel, steampunk, and science fiction. It’s a very quick read, but enjoyable all the way through! This book comes out on November 6th, but you can preorder it now!

Review of Bikes Not Rockets

| October 10, 2018

It’s fitting that I’ve just finished reading and reviewing a book about bikes, since I’m getting ready to go on a bike trip … sort of. I won’t actually be on a bike, but I’ll be accompanying my mom and sisters on a bike trip as their driver. This way, we can throw all of […]

Review of To Another Abyss!

| August 22, 2018

I lived in small college towns from 1992 to 2007–from the time I graduated high school to when I moved to Seattle. And being semi-artistic myself, and having many artistic friends, I was always sort of right on the edge of the art scene of one variety or another. So reading Zach Bartlett’s To Another Abyss! […]

Review of Once Upon a Fact

| August 8, 2018

I’ve got another book review up this week at Mad Scientist Journal, for an anthology of futuristic fairy tales called Once Upon a Fact. If this sounds like the sort of thing you might enjoy, you can check out my review here!

Review of Mirror Bound by Rhiannon Held

| August 1, 2018

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal today! If you like urban fantasy, but you’re tired of the usual tropes, check out Rhiannon Held’s Mirror Bound. And you can read my review here!

Review of Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers

| June 27, 2018

My latest review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, this time for Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers. This is an anthology of solarpunk stories, defined by the publisher as “a type of optimistic science fiction that imagines a future founded on renewable energies.” If you like your science fiction positive and optimistic, this is a fantastic little collection […]

Review of As Told by Things

| June 13, 2018

My latest MSJ review is up today, this time for an anthology called As Told by Things! Much like it sounds, it’s a collection of stories from the perspective of inanimate objects, and it’s just as delightful as that sounds! You can read my review here!

Review of Transmigrations by Eddie Louise

| June 6, 2018

This week at Mad Scientist Journal, I’ve reviewed Transmigrations, the steampunk time travel adventures of Doctor Petronella Sage and Erasmus Savant (of the podcast Sage and Savant). It’s a little bit steampunk, a little bit mad science, a little bit espionage, and a little bit sci-fi! If you like any or all of these things, check […]

Review of An Aberrant Mind by Ken MacGregor

| May 23, 2018

This week at Mad Scientist Journal, I reviewed a book that’s a little outside of my normal reading. An Aberrant Mind by Ken MacGregor is a collection of horror short stories, not for the faint of heart. The good news is that it didn’t give my nightmares! Some of the stories are more funny than scary, and […]

Review of Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

| May 9, 2018

I’ve finally written my review of Cat Valente’s latest book, Space Opera! You can find the review at Mad Scientist Journal. This book made me cry twice, but it’s wonderful and amazing. Probably my favorite line from the whole thing is “Life is beautiful and life is stupid,” because that so completely sums up basically everything. If […]