Friday Review: Karen Memery by Elizabeth Bear

My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn this entertaining steampunk story set in 1900s Seattle, Karen Memery is an orphaned young woman making her living working in a high-class bordello. The girls are a tight-knit group, always looking out for each other in what is not an easy lifestyle. When a badly injured girl appears on … Continue reading Friday Review: Karen Memery by Elizabeth Bear

Friday Review: The Measure of the Magic (Legends of Shannara #2) by Terry Brooks

My rating: 3 of 5 starsThis is the second in the Legends of Shannara duology, following directly from the events of Bearer of the Black Staff. As Sider Ament, the last known Knight of the Word lay dying after his battle with and defeat of a powerful demon, he passes possession of his black staff … Continue reading Friday Review: The Measure of the Magic (Legends of Shannara #2) by Terry Brooks

Friday Review: Parable of the Sower (Earthseed #1) by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 3 of 5 starsPublished in 1993, Parable of the Sower is set in the 2020s in a society ravaged by climate change, corporate greed, and inequality of wealth. Lauren Olamina lives in a gated community outside Los Angeles with her father, stepmother, and brothers. Lauren is a hyperempath, which means she is able … Continue reading Friday Review: Parable of the Sower (Earthseed #1) by Octavia E. Butler

Friday Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

My rating: 3 of 5 starsTen-year-old Kya Clark is left alone in a rundown shack in the backwoods marsh of North Carolina as every member of her family gradually leaves her on her own. Her mother and siblings were driven away one by one by their PTSD-suffering abusive drunken husband and father. The father ignores … Continue reading Friday Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Friday (Movie) Reviews: Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider

Both films are based on novels by James Patterson, and both star Morgan Freeman. Freeman plays forensic psychologist Alex Cross. In the first (1997), he is pulled into a serial kidnapping case when his niece goes missing at university in North Carolina. The kidnapper is drawn to strong, competent women and soon the kidnapper, who … Continue reading Friday (Movie) Reviews: Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider

Friday Review: The Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erikson

My rating: 3 of 5 starsWell. I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. On one hand, it did get a lot of attention when it came out, the series is quite well regarded by many, it won awards, and all that. On the other hand, there are those that really didn't care for … Continue reading Friday Review: The Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erikson

Friday Review: The Last Emperox (Interdependency #3) by John Scalzi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the third and final book in Scalzi's Interdependency trilogy. The affiliated planets and habitats of the Interdependency are just that- interdependent on each other for trade, goods, and survival. Key to the continued existence of it all is the Flow, the lanes flowing through space that make … Continue reading Friday Review: The Last Emperox (Interdependency #3) by John Scalzi

Friday (Late) Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

My rating: 3¬†of 5 stars In this final installment of the Divergent trilogy, Tris and Tobias (Four to the Dauntless) and their group of friends venture out of the dystopian Chicago that has been their world for all of their lives. They finally discover the truth behind the faction experiment, and must decide where their … Continue reading Friday (Late) Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Friday Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is the second installment in Roth's Divergent trilogy. It continues the story of Tris, the Divergent who helped overthrow the Erudite faction's plot to take over the governing of the dystopian society of a post-apocalyptic Chicago. After finding the way to break the Erudite … Continue reading Friday Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth