Keeping It Real by Justina Robson (Quantum Gravity Book One)
Review Summary: Overall I enjoyed the book a great deal, but was just a little disappointed with how it skated over quite a few things to pursue an almost purely action story – and was also a little let down by the “James Bond” ending.
Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley
Review Summary: Brian Ruckley’s Winterbirth is solid, and occasionally excellent writing. Unfortunately, the novel fails to really illustrate anything particularly fascinating, endearing, or even particularly human about any of the characters and they come off as rather staid, static archetypes, rather than as real people that one would be compelled to continue following.
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
2007, HarperCollins Publishing
Review Summary: More speculative fiction than traditional science fiction or fantasy, Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union nevertheless deftly utilizes one of my favorite elements of those genres, the “what if” scenario, playing out experiments in human psychology, sociological relationships, and ethics, by twisting the rules slightly and seeing what results.
Dust by Elizabeth Bear
2007, Bantam Books
Review Summary: My only real complaint with Elizabeth Bear’s Dust is that it went by way too quickly. I look forward to seeing what the further adventures entail, to see what exactly the author is attempting to say in this unique setting.
Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer
Review Summary: Essentially just a quick read, and the author never bothers to go into any depth on any one topic. Unlike other “quick read” novels I’ve encountered, however, Rollback just doesn’t seem to wrap up in a satisfactory manner.
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
Review Summary: Blood Bound is as solid and rewarding as its predecessor.
A Grey Moon Over China by Thomas A. Day
2007, Black Heron Press
Review Summary: A Grey Moon Over China is an excellent, well-written, dark, thoughtful, and innovative novel, and I highly recommend it.
Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber
Review Summary: Off Armageddon Reef is a good read, with an interesting premise, a strong ending, and Weber’s characteristic enthusiasm for technical innovation and military tactics.