Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Science Fiction

The Last Watch by J. S. Dewes

In The Last Watch, J. S. Dewes imagines a universe that is not infinite. It has an end. The end is called the Divide and beyond the Divide there is nothing. It is a void so absolute that the word... Continue Reading →

The Year’s Best Science Fiction by Jonathan Strahan

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Volume 1 is a huge anthology of science fiction short (and not-s-short stories) that was refreshing in its breadth and speaks to a bright future for science fiction. With twenty-eight stories, it's about twice the... Continue Reading →

Speculative Los Angeles by Denise Hamilton

Speculative Los Angeles seems like the start of another fabulous Akashic series. I hope it is. Akashic publishes a series of noir anthologies focused on different cities around the world. Speculative Los Angeles is a similar anthology focused on speculative... Continue Reading →

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars begins on a happy day in Kira Navárez's life. She and her fellow pre-colonization expedition are wrapping things up after studying a planet to verify it is safe for colonization. They're ready to... Continue Reading →

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Cara is a traverser, a traveler from Earth 0 to the other possible Earths created by the many decisions people make in their lives. Traversers are drawn from the poor and desperate people of Ash Town, the impoverished city outside... Continue Reading →

Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis

Axiom's End is the story of humanity's first contact with alien life. The first thing that makes this a completely fresh story is that it has already happened. The story begins in 2007 with Cora Sabino, a twenty-something who is... Continue Reading →

Golden In Death by J. D. Robb

Golden In Death is an intriguing mystery. A beloved man who has no obvious enemies is killed by a toxic gas that has been designed for microtargeting, killing the designated victim and dispersing harmlessly. It has been brilliantly executed and... Continue Reading →

The Schrödinger by Laurel Brett

Garrett Adams is a behaviorist, a college professor whose life consists of operant conditioning of rats and occasional nights of drinking with his old college buddy Jerry, a Freudian. It is the Sixties and he is so outside the flow... Continue Reading →

The Seep by Chana Porter

The Seep are aliens who come to Earth in the near future. They are seemingly omnipotent beings who are pure sentience. They are joined, united, and have no physical form which makes Earth and its humans fascinating. Humans "partake" of... Continue Reading →

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

The Rise of Magicks completes the "Chronicles of The One" trilogy. Fallon along with the twins Duncan and Tonia who all share a magical ancestry fated to save the world begins reclaiming the world from the forces of hate (the... Continue Reading →

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts

Of Blood and Bone is the second in the Chronicles of The One, a futuristic series taking place after a plague has more than decimated the population of Earth. It opens thirteen years after Year One when Fallon, the baby... Continue Reading →

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

The Vanished Birds is a beautifully written story of post-Earth humanity. A young man on a resource planet is infatuated with the captain of a ship that comes every fifteen years to collect the planets main export, though thanks to... Continue Reading →

Alien Archives by Robert Silverberg

I love short stories and loved Robert Silverberg's Alien Archives: Eighteen Stories of Extraterrestrial Encounters. Who doesn't love aliens? I volunteer my unused computer capacity to SETI @ Home, the distributed computing initiative to process signals from space to see... Continue Reading →

The GOD Game by Danny Tobey

The God Game was created by feeding all the moral philosophy and sacred texts of the world into an artificial intelligence chatbot. People can only join by invitation, its exclusivity adding to its allure. Imagine your own reaction to this... Continue Reading →

The Diver’s Game by Jesse Ball

The Diver's Game is a painful book to read in Trump's America. It is set in a society that has embraced inequality, not only of outcomes but of opportunities. Ball imagines a society that feels beset by refugees. They decide... Continue Reading →

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