Friday Review: The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal

My rating: 4 out of five stars This is the last in the short works reviews for now. I have more in the TBR pile, and will get to them at some point. The Lady Astronaut of Mars won the 2014 Hugo award for Best Novelette. It is the story of Elma York, who led … Continue reading Friday Review: The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Friday Review: The Ink Readers of Doi Saket by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

The Ink Readers of Doi Saket: A Tor.Com Original by Thomas Olde Heuvelt My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is another short piece that was nominated for a Hugo award in 2014. It is a fairy tale fable type of story rather than strict science fiction. The story takes place in Thailand, primarily in … Continue reading Friday Review: The Ink Readers of Doi Saket by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Friday Review: The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu

The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere: A Tor.Com Original by John Chu My rating: 2 of 5 stars I read this since it was nominated for a Hugo Award (and won) last year. It's a well-written story, with very human characters and a timely, but not overdone, theme. It concerns a gay Chinese … Continue reading Friday Review: The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu

Friday Review: Floor 21 by Jason Luthor

FLOOR 21 by Jason Luthor My rating: 4 of 5 stars Jackie is seventeen, living in the Tower with the remnants of humanity. No one knows why they were forced to live here or what went on Before. The humans live on the top floors of the Tower, and the lower floors are infected by … Continue reading Friday Review: Floor 21 by Jason Luthor

Friday Review: The Short Man by Joshua Cejka (Meg Brown Mysteries #1)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars A fun short read. Meg Brown is a detective on the Minneapolis Police Department. She is called to a local college campus when the body of a campus security officer is found shot. She's barely into this case when another body turns up. Meg needs to use her Sherlock … Continue reading Friday Review: The Short Man by Joshua Cejka (Meg Brown Mysteries #1)

Halloween: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Just a short short ghost story for your Halloween reading. Things That Go Bump in the Night “But, Mama, I don’t want to go to bed! The monster is there!” Mom pulled Katy into a close hug, smoothing her hand down the back of the little one’s head. “Katy, you know there isn’t a real … Continue reading Halloween: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Need Some Incentive to Enter the Book Giveaway?

How about a little excerpt from one of the stories? Like this one: “I’m Gabe,” he answered. Well, that explains the horn. And the cheeks. “Pleased,” I said. “I’m Ish.” We waited a while longer. I was beginning to get fidgety again, when he was just- there. We’ve all heard about Mike, but seeing him … Continue reading Need Some Incentive to Enter the Book Giveaway?

Friday Review: How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman

4 of 5 stars This is a short story that first appeared in the collection Fragile Things. It tells the story of two teenaged boys who are heading out to a party to meet girls. Not an unusual thing for teenaged boys to do, in any culture. Vic is the cool guy- he can chat up … Continue reading Friday Review: How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman

Friday Reviews: Portrait of Lisane de Patagnia by Rachel Swirsky, and A Game of Cities by Michael Montoure

Two short story reviews this week, each very different from the other, both dealing with magic and life. And death. Portrait of Lisane de Patagnia by Rachel Swirsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars This short story was nominated for the Nebula Award, and was made available by Tor as a free download. It tells … Continue reading Friday Reviews: Portrait of Lisane de Patagnia by Rachel Swirsky, and A Game of Cities by Michael Montoure