Review: Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley

Rating: Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley 2007, Orbit 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 …

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Review: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

Rating: 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 …

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Review: Dust by Elizabeth Bear

Rating: 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.

Review: Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer

Rating: Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer 2007, Tor 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.