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Review of Triangulation: Dark Skies

| October 2, 2019

My latest review is up at Mad Scientist Journal for Triangulation: Dark Skies, which came out earlier this year. It’s an anthology of stories about light pollution and the beauty of a dark sky, filled with stars. There are sci-fi, fantasy, and horror stories within the collection, just right for about any possible taste! If you’d like […]

My First K-Pop Concert!

| September 18, 2019

Last week was the culmination of my frantic watching everything by Pentagon I could get my eyeballs on in preparation for seeing them live. And it was definitely an experience. Jeremy and I both work downtown–my office is very near the theater they were playing–so we met up after work for dinner and drinks, then […]

Review of The Great Faerie Strike by Spencer Ellsworth

| September 11, 2019

I’d been wanting to read Spencer Ellsworth’s The Great Faerie Strike since I found out about it early this year, and I’m pleased to say it was worth the wait! If you like steampunk and humor, you’ll love this book, which is filled with just the right balance between silly and serious. You can read my […]

Review of Tales for the Camp Fire

| August 21, 2019

Tales for the Camp Fire is a charity anthology for the victims of the November 2018 fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, California. You can read my review of this horror collection at Mad Scientist Journal, or buy a copy online!

Review of Distaff

| August 14, 2019

I’ve just reviewed Distaff, which is a collection of nine sci-fi stories by women authors. You can check out my review at Mad Scientist Journal. It’s a nice quick read, too, which releases tomorrow at WorldCon. If you’re in Dublin, check it out there! If not, grab yourself a copy online!

Review of The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar

| August 7, 2019

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, this time for a non-speculative fiction book! The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar is a historical fiction book about the women pilots of the WASPs during World War II. It’s a wonderful look at a little-known piece of history, with compelling characters and excellent writing. If […]

Review of Claiming T-Mo by Eugen Bacon

| July 31, 2019

I’ve been a reading machine lately, and my first of several reviews is up at MSJ today! Claiming T-Mo is a wonderful speculative fiction, multi-generational novel involving otherworldly beings and family relationships. You can read my review here or check out the book (out on August 13) here!

Review of The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes

| July 10, 2019

My latest review for Mad Scientist Journal is up, today for a wonderful noir detective story with imaginary friends, called The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes. If this sounds like a weird mashup of genres, I can assure you that it both is, and that it is also SO perfect. The book is filled with imaginative characters […]

Review of Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks

| June 19, 2019

My newest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal. Today, I’m reviewing Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks, which is the sequel collection to Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures, which I reviewed back in January. Wireless is three more stories featuring the same characters as Murder on the Titania, and they […]

Review of Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan

| May 15, 2019

I’ve got another review up at Mad Scientist Journal this week because I’ve been tearing through books lately. Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water is a brilliant queer psychic thriller by Vylar Kaftan. I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, but I really loved it. The characterization and language use are both wonderful, worth […]