Mechanical Failure, by Joe Zieja

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Saga Press Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? This is the first book of a series of humorous SF novels.  Sort of a spoof of serious military SF. Premise: Roger Wilson Rogers has managed to get out of the military …

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Broadway Books Published: 2012 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer:  Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? I’d heard many people talking about this book when it first came out and finally broke down at a book signing and bought it. Mostly, I’d heard that if you grew up …

The Operative, by Gerald Brandt

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Daw Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? The Operative is the second book in Gerald Brandt’s San Angeles sci-fi thriller series and it continues the story of Kris Merrill. Premise: In The Courier, Kris finds herself caught up in the …

King of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? This is the second book in Mark Lawrence’s “The Broken Empire” series. I generally like post-apocalyptic novels, but this series is much darker than most, on the verge …

Alchemy of Chaos, by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Genre: Dark Fantasy Publisher: Daw Books Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? This is the second novel of Maradaine that features Veranix Calbert, otherwise known of as the Thorn, who’s a student of magic at the local university by day and a …

The Courier, by Gerald Brandt

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Daw Books Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? This is Gerald Brandt’s debut novel and it’s a strong showing. He’s definitely someone to watch. I enjoyed this take on a near future thriller. Premise: Kris is a courier, …

Shadow Ops: Control Point, by Myke Cole

Genre: Dark Fantasy Publisher: Ace Books Published: 2012 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? Shadow Ops: Control Point is the first novel in a new series by new author Myke Cole. I can honestly say that I look forward to seeing where this series–and …

License to Ensorcell, by Katharine Kerr

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Daw Books Published: 2011 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? I read Katharine Kerr’s Daggerspell ages ago and intend to read her entire Deverry series. This is not part of the series. It’s the first book in an urban fantasy series …

The Snow Queen’s Shadow, by Jim C. Hines

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Daw Books Published: 2011 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? The Snow Queen’s Shadow is the fourth and (supposedly) final novel in Jim C. Hines’ Princess series and I will say right off the bat that it is by far the …

Dragon Wizard, by Andrew Swann

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Daw Books Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? This is the third book in this series, and while it does tie up the main plot threads, I’m hoping it’s not the last. I’d like to see more. I guess …