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 January Dancer by Michael Flynn 2008, Tor Review Summary: Overall, the novel worked, but just seemed to be lacking the depth to really bring everything to life, and probably could have benefited from expansion into a duology.
Rating: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest 2009, Tor Review Summary: Boneshaker is well-written, a unique mix of steampunk/zombie action wrapped around a mystery.
Rating: The Wreck of The River of Stars by Michael Flynn 2003, Tor Review Summary: Flynn’s The Wreck of The River of Stars was generally disappointing, though I otherwise have to give the overall effort itself a high mark.
Rating: By Schism Rent Asunder by David Weber 2008, Tor Review Summary: Weber’s By Schism Rent Asunder was more enjoyable than the first in the series, Off Armageddon Reef, if only because the author has started introducing more of a female perspective into the novel, though I would have to say that its still not enough, …
Rating: Trader by Charles de Lint 1997, Tor Review Summary: Charles de Lint’s Trader is extremely well-written. Unfortunately, the pace is so sedate, and so little actually happens over its 464 pages that it is at the same time eminently forgettable.
Rating: Hellspark by Janet Kagan 1988, Tor Review Summary: Hellspark‘s characters are what I’ve come to expect from Kagan (Uhura’s Song and Mirabelle) – strong, unique, and embedded in a culture (or in this case cultures) which are real and interesting, and which give more life to the characters than what one would usually expect.
Rating: Eifelheim by Michael Flynn 2006, Tor Review Summary: I highly recommend Eifelheim as a unique, fascinating, and unexpected offering in the genre.
Rating: Horizons by Mary Rosenblum 2006, Tor Review Summary: Mary Rosenblum’s Horizons is a quick-paced, energetic novel, enjoyable but a little thin on content.
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.