Thursday, February 8, 2018

Daniel Jose Older / Shadowshaper / Fantastic YA Fantasy / New Magic

Daniel Jose Older rocks
With his use of language
Total cultural immersion

Shadowshaper will engage you
A young ‎Puerto Rican woman
Always painting something
Proud of her heritage
Proud of her wild hair
No, you can't

Wondrous build of a magic system
A protagonist to care about
Someone you want to spend time with

Lots and lots of praise
A Top Ten YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
A Top Ten ALA Quick Pick
A Kirkus Prize Finalist
An Andre Award Nominee
A New York Times Notable Children's Book
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year


Annalee Newitz / Autonomous / Amazing New Thinking / Delightful Writing

Annalee Newitz co-founded io9.
Her first novel is amazing
Autonomous re-thinks everything

AI robots are expensive to produce
Humans, not so much

Robots indentured to humans
Humans indentured to Robots
It gets even messier

Underlying current of the story?
Drug patents
Who can and can't afford meds
Who can hack patented meds
Produce them cheap for the poor

Free thinking hackers
Human and not
Hard working law personnel
Human and not

Who falls in love with who
Ya never know

All brilliantly written by an edgy Annalee
Attention holder, start to finish





Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Alwyn Hamilton / Rebel of the Sands / Weird Western Arabian Nights

Alwyn Hamilton is too much fun
Yes, it's light, and easy reading
Yes it's a bit of a romance
Yes the magic is very interesting
Yes the story is fresh
All the reasons not to read the book

Why should you read Rebel of the Sands
Strong female protagonist
Constant action and adventure
Smart mouth female protagonist
Good is trying to overcome evil
Most of all
Take a break from the world we live in
This book will "engage" you

Whats'it?
It is a Weird Western shoot 'em up Arabian Nights tale
With Djin and magic in a mid-eastern setting
You will be captivated by the characters
You do not have to work to read this YA title

Put down the book and do what needs to be done
You can't just read your life away
But, you can wish you could

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kameron Hurley / The Stars are Legion / Brutal Touching Amazing / Kameron Hurley: World Builder!

I'm crazy about Kameron Hurley
When I first opened God's War
The first paragraph tipped me over
How screwed up can a place be
Further reading confirmed
Even more screwed up
Whew!

The Stars are Legion is beautiful
The organic ships, amazing
The women
Scheming, Conniving, Sniveling
Strong, Laughable, Inspiring
All sorts of women
There is not one man in this book

Forget all that
The story is complex, compelling
Twisted as Kameron Hurley's mind
The story knows where it wants to go
It's just so difficult
But go there it must



Thursday, March 16, 2017

April Daniels / Dreadnought / Yippee Ki Yay Ki Yo

April Daniels owns me
Dreadnought, a trans superhero story
What?
Yep, like I said

Sci-Fi readers have always and forever
Been in front of societal change
Leading the way
Understanding the new normal

What do you get with Dreadnought?
A Great YA/Adult Superhero story

What you did not expect, but love dearly
The empathy and understanding delivered
What does it mean to be a trans teen
I get it, I've got your back, I understand

What about the Superhero
Has to save the world of course
It's what Superheros do

Step Up
Help Lead The Way
Read a Terrific Story


Music on my play list
Wilco, Schmilco