Book Review: Only Human

Only Human was one of my most highly-anticipated novels of 2018. I found both Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods to be captivating, and I had high hopes that Neuvel would finish the trilogy in style. Final verdict? Mixed, but positive overall.

Book Review: The Defiant Heir

I said in my review of The Tethered Mage that it was good - not mind-blowing, and lacking in that extra something special. But I was still excited to read the sequel, and then before I knew it, my eyeballs were just freaking glued to the goddamn page. Welcome to a sequel that improves on its predecessor in big ways.

Book Review: Embers of War

After a good experience with the Imperial Radch trilogy, I'm an easy sell for sentient spaceships as lead character. Consequently, it's not surprising that the description of Gareth Powell's Embers of War caused me to walk happily out of the bookstore.

Book Review: The Queens of Innis Lear

So, dear readers, here's a revelation: I absolutely LOVE Shakespeare. I was in the Shakespeare Society in college, I own the complete works, etc. One of the fastest ways to my heart is Shakespeare. So imagine my sheer delight upon discovering The Queens of Innis Lear, a retelling of King Lear in a more fantastic version of our world. HELL yes.

Stargate SG-1 Episode 1.06: "Brief Candle"

SG-1 visits a planet with a culture based on Mycenaean Greece. Immediately upon arrival, Daniel helps deliver a baby boy. SG-1 returns to a village with the child's parents, where they're treated to food and drink. Jack is given a special cake by a woman named Kynthia, and he begins feeling strange. Kynthia seduces Jack. When the sun sets, everyone in the village falls asleep right away--including Jack.

Stargate SG-1 Episode 1.05: "The First Commandment"

SG-1 is sent offworld to investigate the disappearance of SG-9. After finding one of the team, Lieutenant Conner, Conner explains that Captain Hanson, SG-9's leader, has lost it. He's convinced the locals that he's a god and is now forcing them to build a temple. Anyone who disobeys gets left out in the harsh sunlight to die of exposure. 

Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone

If you're a regular reader, you know that I'm not a big YA reader for simple reasons of time and money. Since I purchase most of my books, and most YA fantasy books are shorter than adult fantasy books, and I read quite fast, it's not usually a good investment for me. I made an exception for Children of Blood and Bone, however, because a) there was a lot of hype around this book, b) I've made a commitment to read more diverse books this year and c) it's also quite long.

Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora

Over the last few years, I've been plugging big gaps in my fantasy pedigree (the Wheel of Time series, for example). So when someone brought up The Lies of Locke Lamora to me, I added it to my list of big name series to start and picked up the book when the opportunity arose. I finally got around to reading it a few weeks ago.

Stargate SG-1 Episode 1.04: "The Broca Divide"

SG-1 travels to a planet where it appears to be perpetually night, with SG-3's marines for back-up. There, they learn the planet's unfortunate situation--occasionally, humans here fall victim to a "curse" that turns them into the Neanderthal-like people, and they are exiled to the planet's night side. That would be all well and good, but when SG-1 and SG-3 return to Earth, the team members begin succumbing to the disease one by one.

Book Review: Terminal Alliance

Since I worked on a humorous book of my own last year, I've been actively seeking out humorous science fiction and fantasy. So when I stumbled upon Jim C. Hines' Terminal Alliance (book one of the Janitors of the Apocalpyse series, in case you were wondering), I couldn't resist the description.

Stargate SG-1 Episode 1.03: "Emancipation"

SG-1 arrives on its first "planet of the week" and rescues a young man running from a tribe of what appear to be Mongols. The young man, Abu, is immediately horrified to discover Sam is female and unveiled, but he leads them back to his father's encampment. During the night, Abu kidnaps Sam and takes her to a rival camp, where he attempts to trade her for the chieftain's daughter, whom he loves.

Book Review: The Tethered Mage

I'm normally pretty targeted with my trips to the bookstore; if I don't know what I'm going in for, I walk out $100+ poorer. But The Tethered Mage called out to me from a bookshelf and became a surprise purchase. The promise of two cool lady protagonists was too much to pass up.

Stargate SG-1 Episode 1.02: "The Enemy Within"

Following directly from "Children of the Gods," Lt. Kawalsky is experiencing headaches and blackouts. After an episode where he kills a doctor and ends up standing in front of the Stargate, the team identifies the problem: an immature Goa'uld has taken up residence in Kawalsky's head. The only solution? An extremely dangerous surgery to remove the symbiote.

Stargate SG-1 Episode 1.01: "Children of the Gods"

One year after the events of the Stargate movie, an alien comes through the Stargate and kidnaps a USAF airman. Jack O'Neill is called out of retirement and forced to admit the truth: he did not destroy the Abydos Stargate, and Daniel Jackson is alive on the planet. A team is sent to Abydos to investigate, including Major Kawalsky and a new character, Captain Samantha Carter.