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 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: 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 …