Book Review: The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman

12 Jan the-cold-eye-9781481429719_hr

 

Being the Devil’s Left Hand is not the easiest job that Isobel could have chosen, but she did choose it, fought for it, and has proven herself, so far, to be a solid choice to ride the Territory on the Boss’ behalf. Now that she has some miles done on her circuit, Isobel’s life as the Devil’s Left Hand continues. As before, her partner Gabriel, as per his own agreement with the Devil, continues her training. But even as Isobel is  growing into the role, new dangers are arising, dangers that the two of them may not be equal to face. Dangers great enough perhaps to threaten even the Devil himself.

The Cold Eye is the second Devil’s West novel by Laura Anne Gilman, following Silver On the Road. Continue reading

Book Review: The High Ground by Melinda Snodgrass

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Her Imperial Highness Mercedes Adalina Saturinia Inez de Arango, the Infanta, the eldest daughter of the Emperor of the Solar League, has a problem. She’s a woman. Her father, the Emperor, has managed, like English King Henry VIII centuries ago, to wind up with no male children to name as heir. The conventions and expectations of his society make naming a female heir a dicey proposition, especially because the Heir is expected to attend and graduate The High Ground, the “star fleet academy” of the Empire. The High Ground, however, has never had female cadets before, and so the attendance of the Infanta is a change too far for many.

Thracius Ransom Belamor, to his chagrin called Tracy by everyone, has a different problem. In the aristocratic, near feudal world of the Solar League, being from the middle class and unconnected to the noble Fortune Five Hundred families means that his scholarship to the High Ground is a poor billet indeed. In social circles far beyond his normal station, even aptitude and hard work may be far short of what Tracy needs to survive, much less succeed, at the Naval academy.  The High Ground is the first in the Imperials series by Melinda Snodgrass, and tells the story of Tracy and Mercedes’ attendance at the titular High Ground. Continue reading

#53. Arrival (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

31 Dec arrival-2016

Linguistics, Heptapods, and time, oh my! In our final episode of 2016, the crew discusses the newest Denis Villeneuve film, Arrival.

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312. Max Gladstone (a.k.a. The Soul Banker) — Four Roads Cross (An Interview)

30 Dec four-roads-cross-by-max-gladstone

Souls of Gods leveraged into debt, oh my!  In our last CONvergence episode, Max Gladstone joins Paul and Shaun to discuss the Craft Sequence, the work of Roger Zelazny, and much more

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311. Melissa F Olson (a.k.a. The Shade Stalker) — Nightshades (An Interview)

29 Dec nightshades-by-melissa-f-olson

Vampires, Urban Fantasy and Buffy oh my! Melissa F Olson joins Paul and Shaun at Convergence to talk about her entry into fandom, her Urban Fantasy, her new work from Tor, and more.

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