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.
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Review Summary: Briggs delivers another page-turner, staying true to her characters and keeping enough grit and reality in her mix so that we can empathize with her characters at the same time that we admire them. An outstanding effort, and I once again look forward to the next installment of the series.
StarBridge by A.C. Crispin
Review Summary: StarBridge is a fair sff Juvenile/Young Adult novel, actually written from the perspective of a young teenage girl, complete with diary entries and first love. Not bad, though there doesn’t seem to be much here for the adult reader.
Space Cadet by Robert A. Heinlein
Review Summary: If nothing else, Space Cadet is interesting for its place in history – Heinlein’s treatment of Venus in 1948, as merely a swampy planet with a breathable atmosphere makes one realize just how little we really knew about the other planets even as little as 60 years ago.
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
Review Summary: Blood Bound is as solid and rewarding as its predecessor.
Seeker by Jack McDevitt
Review Summary: Seeker is a clearly-written, fast-paced sci-fi mystery novel very much in the same vein as Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.
Singularity Sky by Charles Stross
Review Summary: There are a couple of bright ideas here, but they are lost in the dross of Stross’s poor plot and theme choices and the lack of any sort of attachment to any of the characters in the story.
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Review Summary: I am extremely impressed with Briggs’s Moon Called.
Coyote by Allen Steele
Review Summary: A promising novel, with some interesting ideas and characterizations, albeit with some rough spots.