There's no way I can do reviews on all the books I read. I read too much. So, for me to write a review, there's usually some reason. Either I really liked the book, or I read it along with a book group, or ...
Andrea Cremer wrote a trilogy of werewolf novels featuring a female heroine (Nightshade, Wolfsbane, and Bloodrose). I've read many shape-shifting trilogies featuring female main characters, but this one was a little different.
Barking Dogs is a science fiction novel by Terence M. Green, written in 1988, portraying a time in 1998. So, even though it was futuristic at the time it was written, its future is pretty old. That said, the book was cool. I wish I had read it in 1988. He talks about baboon heart transplants, hovering cars, and stage one and stage two thinking. (I saw a hover car demo back then, and thinking back on it makes me really wish I read this back then.)
NPR reader's survey for science fiction and fantasy books generated 60,000 ballots, but was reduced into a top 100 list. While this isn't my top 100 list, I think it merits itself as a to-do reading list.
Savvy is a book focused on a 12-year-old girl in a family of people who have special abilities and it's a great read (or listen) for a family with grammar school children.
This is an entertaining short book and is suitable for a kid at a fourth grade reading level or higher. This story is about eleven-year-old Tobias Burgess, the son of a nobleman's second son, and describes life in the middle ages in ways applicable and fun for children.
The mass majority of the human population uploaded into a cloud and floats around the solar system doing whatever. "Only" a billion humans remain on Earth, which is sort of a reserve, or a zoo, for those who don't want to upload.
Few stories make me think about them for days after I read them. Even fewer stories make me cry or laugh. This story not only managed to make me think about it for forty-eight hours, but it also evoked more emotion from me than I am used to emoting. (Luckily, no one noticed.) The book is good, and if you're in the mood for a science fiction story with decent character development and a bit of romance that makes you think and emote, read it.
This was my first Charlie Stross book. The story was a lot to wrap my head around, and I don’t think I can review it without spoilers. So, spoilers alert. The spoilers shouldn’t be a big deal, unless you want to read it for the mystery angle instead of the science fiction angle.
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore was a fun book to read. It wasn't a family book, and there weren't many topics of discussions to have with the kids, but it was fun nontheless. The target audience for the book is probably tweens, teens, and young adults, but I enjoyed it as a middle aged woman.
I generally judge a book as good or not good by how many times I put it down whilst reading. This isn't a 100% accurate method, but it's a good rule of thumb. (I have to put down Charlie Stross books for breaks because my brain might hemorrhage otherwise, but his books are still good.) Oh, and tinkle breaks don't count.
The Dirty Streets of Heaven is the Sword and Laser book of the month for November 2012. I watched the introductory episode of S&L for the book and it sounded good. My local library didn't have the book, so I thought about it all day and finally decided to buy it.