The Fall of Babel – Some Assembly Required

Congratulations to Josiah Bancroft for completing what must have felt like a Herculean task. For those that do not know, The Book of Babel began as a self-published series that slowly gained a cult following until it was picked up by a major publisher. With the fourth and final book, The Fall of Babel, coming…

Cibola Burn – The Roof Is On Fire

Cibola Burn is one of my favorite science fiction books of all time. It’s such a powerful book, particularly thanks to the third act that profoundly changes the future of the series as a whole. It manages to pull together powerful themes, an exciting plot that feels like a blockbuster movie and is packed full…

The All-Consuming World – A Veritable Buffet of Good Times

Cassandra Khaw is a name that has lurked in the back of my mind for a long while now, even though I have never read  her other works. A review of one of her previous works exists on the site, and though I didn’t get to those stories (yet), those words ring true about her…

Shards Of Earth – Laying A Foundation

With The Expanse sadly ending this year, I have been on the lookout for new space operas to fill the void, and I have found a new contender. Site favorite Adrian Tchaikovsky has put out the first novel in a sweeping science-fiction epic titled Shards of Earth, and it is a wild ride. Tchaikovsky has…

The Fallen – I Get Knocked Down…And I Get Up Again

Earlier this year I read The Outside, a sleeper of a novel that I just simply adore. It explored neurodivergence with care, and thematically centered it against a backdrop of conformity. I eagerly awaited the sequel and I was not disappointed. The Fallen, by Ada Hoffmann, is a solid, if shorter, sequel that continues the…

The Protectorate – A Spectacular Finish to a Strong Start

Earlier this year I re-read Velocity Weapon(VW) to prepare for the final book in the The Protectorate Trilogy by Megan O’Keefe. I have avoided spoilers (except for one in the synopsis, so you can just skip that if you want to avoid it) so that you feel comfortable learning about the series. Needless to say,…

When The Sparrow Falls – Have Faith It Will Catch You

When the Sparrow Falls, by Neil Sharpson, is a great novel. The writing is excellent, the plot is thrilling, it’s extremely emotional, the characters are great, and the themes provide smart and insightful commentary on our current political landscape. It does all of this in a relatively small package of about 300 pages. It is…

Why You Should Read The Culture – Part One: The Hub

After the stunning popularity of our “Why You Should Read Malazan” post, I sat down and thought about what other massive series could use a deep dive guide for new readers. While there are a ton of series that we love, there are only a few that are complex enough in their wonder that they…