Category Archives: SFF Book Reviews

Review: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

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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.

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Review: The Cygnet and the Firebird by Patricia A. McKillip

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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 worth exploring.

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Review: Chill by Elizabeth Bear

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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 to delve into a somewhat bizarre and twisted set of revelations, historical notes and acts of vengeance.

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