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.
Path of the Fury by David Weber
Review Summary: An interesting, fun read – this is why I keep picking up David Weber books, despite the not-so-good ones.
Down to the Bone by Justina Robson (Quantum Gravity Book Five)
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.
Out of the Dark by David Weber
Review Summary: Wow. Did the author lose a bet? Everything was moving along fairly well until the surprise ending. *FULL REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*
The January Dancer by Michael Flynn
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.
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.
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Review Summary: Boneshaker is well-written, a unique mix of steampunk/zombie action wrapped around a mystery.
The Cygnet and the Firebird by Patricia A. McKillip
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.
The Sorceress and the Cygnet by Patricia A. McKillip
Review Summary: A long-time fan of McKillip’s Riddlemaster trilogy, I think my expectations were set a little high for this novel.
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.