Rating: 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.
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: Stars in My Pocket like Grains of Sand by Samuel R Delany 1984, Bantam Review Summary: Stars is, as was Triton, an amazing, very unique novel, and I am extremely impressed with Delany’s skill and ability to explore the topics he tackles.
Rating: A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle 1960, Ballantine Books Review Summary: It is definitely a novel of an earlier time, but at the same time the characters are such that the novel has a touch of timelessness about it as well. Or perhaps its just the pacing I’m reacting to, as …
Rating: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs 2008, Ace Books Review Summary: I continue to highly recommend this series, though I do occasionally feel like I’m reading a not-quite-trashy romance novel – highly intelligent, endearing, and fascinating, but nevertheless “romance”. Full Review: I continue to be extremely impressed with Briggs’ characterization in this series. Though her …
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.
Rating: Eifelheim by Michael Flynn 2006, Tor Review Summary: I highly recommend Eifelheim as a unique, fascinating, and unexpected offering in the genre.
Rating: Blindsight by Peter Watts 2006, Tor Review Summary: Blindsight is a fantastic read, concise and hard-hitting, without sacrificing either the very solid thought-experiments the author is playing out or the characterization or emotional impact of the story.
Rating: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs 2007, Ace Review Summary: Blood Bound is as solid and rewarding as its predecessor.
Rating: 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.