Late night, so sleepy

Pour me another coffee, stat! We watched the new version of Rocky Horror last night, and then the old version – just until Frank shows up and sings his first song – and now I just want to finish this coffee and then climb back into bed for another couple …

Science Fiction link roundup!

I have more than a couple thing saved in Feedly…. The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About the Making Of Flash Gordon The Art of Neil Gaiman 31 Essential Science Fiction Terms And Where They Came From Candid Videos Of Astronauts Being Dorks In Space Are Just Adorable (OK, this …

Dust

Dust by Elizabeth Bear My rating: 1 of 5 stars I tried, I really did. I’ve read other things by this author and loved them, and I’m not quite sure why I couldn’t get into this book. Especially because I love the idea of a lost generation ship – I …

On Basilisk Station

On Basilisk Station by David Weber My rating: 4 of 5 stars While I did see a few phrases (mostly about Honor’s eye color) repeated to the point of wanting to hand the author a thesaurus, I found that by the end of the book I liked it a lot …

Cetaganda

Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold My rating: 3 of 5 stars What Barrayar was thinking, sending Miles and Ivan to represent them at the funeral of the Empress of a long-standing but currently quiet empire, I will never know. If you had an uneasy truce with a planet with which …

The Vor Game

The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold My rating: 3 of 5 stars Our hero, Miles, is shuffled off to an Arctic station where his assignment is to keep his nose clean and learn how to get along with superiors. If he manages to do that for six months without …

Shake off the dust

I can’t believe I’m just copying and pasting this from Facebook, but… it’s where I wrote it first, and I’d rather take a long hot shower this morning than rephrase and rewrite it. #Honesty I had such a great time at ICFA I almost don’t even know where to start. …

Barrayar

Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold My rating: 4 of 5 stars I finished the first one and cracked open (well, if you can “crack open” on the Nook) the second book on the same night, so it really felt more like I was reading one looooong book. One long, good …

Shards of Honor

Shards of Honour by Lois McMaster Bujold My rating: 4 of 5 stars I liked what another reviewer said – “What are these sensible, mature adults doing in the middle of my space opera?” Over the Christmas holidays last year, Aunt Gay recommended this series to me. She said it …

Snow Crash

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson My rating: 3 of 5 stars The book started off fun, derailed into snooze-fest explanatory land every time the Librarian made an appearance, but got itself together and ended with a good blend of action and thought. However, I did keep getting confused as to …

Redshirts

Redshirts by John Scalzi My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the sort of thing you think must have been really, really fun to write, sort of a nerdy love-letter to the genre. I was expecting silly (check); expecting magic science (check); expecting over-the-top characters (check). And as a …

Worldwired

Worldwired by Elizabeth Bear My rating: 3 of 5 stars While this was a satisfying ending to the series, it wasn’t my favorite book of the three. I think that may be because a handful of characters were killed off and new characters brought in, and the new characters were …

Scardown

Scardown by Elizabeth Bear My rating: 4 of 5 stars Second in the series, this book did not disappoint either. The main character, some of her parts rebuilt, does not lose any of her irritability. (Best of both worlds! Not in pain, but still with bite!) There’s not much for …

Hammered

Hammered by Elizabeth Bear My rating: 4 of 5 stars My first pick-up of a Goodreads recommendation based on my science fiction shelf, liberally peppered with women authors and/or strong female characters. This book did not disappoint! I do love me a cranky, achy older female main character with an …

Against the Odds

Against the Odds by Elizabeth Moon My rating: 2 of 5 stars A satisfying end to the series, in spite of both Esmay and Heris seeming a little interchangeable in parts of the story. Everything was wrapped up, everyone got what they deserved (be it a horrible end of a …

Change of Command

Change of Command by Elizabeth Moon My rating: 2 of 5 stars Think of this as a placeholder book. If you are curious about how the mystery is going to be solved, want to know how the characters stories are going to end, and have some time to kill, read …

Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement by Elizabeth Moon My rating: 2 of 5 stars My least favorite in the series. Part of me wonders if this book was written before any of the others, because it seemed that a lot of the characters – especially Brun – had a huge emotional backslide …

Once a Hero

Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon My rating: 3 of 5 stars I am a little confused. It’s in the same series as the Heris books, but is not the same main character. But Heris does show up. Is this the same universe as Vatta’s War? Because a lot of …

Winning Colors

Winning Colors by Elizabeth Moon My rating: 4 of 5 stars In spite of the last few pages having that rushed, finish-up-loose-ends feeling, I enjoyed this book. One thing (and I think I’ve said this before) that I really like about Elizabeth Moon is that she doesn’t write men, she …

Sporting Chance

Sporting Chance by Elizabeth Moon My rating: 4 of 5 stars Again, a fun read — I’d expect nothing less from Elizabeth Moon. The thing I liked the most about this one was the growth of some of the minor characters. People who were nothing but annoying in the first …