Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Science Fiction

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 →

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Some of my favorite science fiction starts where we are and asks what if a current trend continued to its extreme. In Vox, Christina Dalcher imagines the growing influence of evangelical extremists overwhelming our liberal democracy and ushering in a theocratic... Continue Reading →

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

My favorite science fiction is the kind that starts with trends that are happening now and then stretches them into the future in ways that are both plausible and ridiculous. Suicide Club is exactly that. It takes place in New York... Continue Reading →

The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

The Sky Is Yours takes us a to future New York City of some alternate reality New York City, called Empire City. Some technologies have advanced in ways that are logical progressions of today's technology–genetic manipulation, designer children, body sculpting, and... Continue Reading →

The Memory Detective by T. S. Nichols

T. S. Nichols' The Memory Detective takes place in a near future or alternate world where life and technology are pretty much the same with one difference–the memories of people who have died can be transferred in a medical procedure to family,... Continue Reading →

The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

The Gone World is a novel unlike any I have read before. Tom Sweterlitsch weaves together the forms of mystery, science fiction, and thrillers into something new and terrifying. NCIS investigator Shannon Moss is called out to a family annihilation crime... Continue Reading →

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