Rating: The Martian by Andy Weir 2014, Crown Publishers Review Summary: One of the best novels I’ve read for quite some time. Gripping and realistic, a modern spin on the castaway theme, where everyone knows where the stranded person is – but just can’t get to him.
Rating: Path of the Fury by David Weber 1992, Baen Review Summary: An interesting, fun read – this is why I keep picking up David Weber books, despite the not-so-good ones.
Rating: Down to the Bone by Justina Robson (Quantum Gravity Book Five) 2011, Pyr Review Summary: A very satisfactory conclusion to the series. Loose ends abound, yet the characters stay true throughout and the ending is suitably epic in nature.
Rating: Out of the Dark by David Weber 2010, Tor Review Summary: Wow. Did the author lose a bet? Everything was moving along fairly well until the surprise ending. *FULL REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*
Rating: The January Dancer by Michael Flynn 2008, Tor Review Summary: Overall, the novel worked, but just seemed to be lacking the depth to really bring everything to life, and probably could have benefited from expansion into a duology.
Rating: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi 2009, Night Shade Books Review Summary: The Windup Girl exceeded my expectations in every way – a wonderfully crafted, timely, subtle and complex storyline set against a grim, almost hopeless – and depressingly realistic – environment.
Rating: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest 2009, Tor Review Summary: Boneshaker is well-written, a unique mix of steampunk/zombie action wrapped around a mystery.
Rating: The Cygnet and the Firebird by Patricia A. McKillip 1993, Ace Review Summary: This second novel in the sorceress series did a much better job of living up to my expectations, and the only regret is that so much of it took place outside of Ro Holding, which seems to have a storied history well …
Rating: The Sorceress and the Cygnet by Patricia A. McKillip 1991, Ace Review Summary: A long-time fan of McKillip’s Riddlemaster trilogy, I think my expectations were set a little high for this novel.
Rating: Chill by Elizabeth Bear 2010, Bantam Spectra Review Summary: In Chill, Bear is unearthing a different story than I was anticipating, placing the expected main protagonist into a kind of secondary role and promoting members of the supporting cast from the previous novel, Dust, into more primary figures, as the story sidetracks from the ship’s regained momentum …