Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Science Fiction

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 →

The Nobody People by Bob Proehl

The Nobody People imagines a world where our comic books have come to life. People are suddenly developing innate powers, all sorts of powers, as varied as the author's wide-ranging imagination can make them. A journalist becomes aware of them... Continue Reading →

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

If I were to survive an apocalyptic world-changing event, there is no one I would rather have by my side than S.T. (Shit Turd), a brilliant, belligerent, and loyal crow. Of course, being human, I would be one of the... Continue Reading →

Above the Ether by Eric Barnes

Above the Ether takes place the day after tomorrow, or so it seems. An earthquake in the gulf at the same time as a hurricane creates an epic wave that devours the gulf coast. Never-ending fires render communities unlivable. Drought... Continue Reading →

FKA USA by Reed King

The book reviews that I struggle with the most are for those books that I fall in love with. I want to say "Trust me, just read it." FKA USA by Reed King is one of those books. Trust me, just... Continue Reading →

Sync by K. P. Kyle

Sync begins on a dark and stormy night as Brigid is driving home after visiting her mother in a nursing home. She is distraught because her mother failed to recognize her, her Alzheimer's exacerbated by the late time of day.... Continue Reading →

Last Tango in Cyberspace by Steven Kotler

Last Tango in Cyberspace is a sort "the day after tomorrow" science fiction, taking us just enough into the future to disconcert us and put us off balance, while retaining so much that is familiar. Facebook, Google, Starbucks, Virgin Air, and... Continue Reading →

Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

Here and Now and Then begins with Kin Crenshaw moments after being shot by a time-traveling criminal whose attempt to alter the future he had traveled back in time to prevent. Unfortunately, he was shot so that his transmitter and connection... Continue Reading →

Time and Time Again by Robert Silverberg

Time and Time Again is an anthology of sixteen time-travel short stories by Robert Silverberg. That is a completely true statement that fails to capture the vastness of this book at all. Silverberg is a prolific science-fiction writer known for his... Continue Reading →

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

Considering how unlikely I think time travel to be, it's odd how much I love the genre. I usually prefer they don't bother getting into the weeds of figuring out a real way to travel in time, so portals that... Continue Reading →

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