Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Five Stars

Out of Mesopotamia by Salar Abdoh

Out of Mesopotamia is one of those rare books that I know I will read again and again. The prose is beautiful, the emotions raw and authentic in their confusion and contradiction. It is everything a true war story must... 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 →

Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney

Before She Was Helen is an unmitigated delight. Clemmie has an agreement with her next-door neighbor to check on him every day to avoid an "I've fallen and I can't get up" moment.  Dom does not respond to her calls... 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 →

From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way by Michael Bond

From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way is a fascinating exploration of how we learn to find our way as children and how we may risk unlearning it from lack of use thanks... Continue Reading →

A Hundred Million Years and a Day by Jean-Baptiste Andrea

A Hundred Million Years and a Day is everything I like in a novel. Spare prose about people testing themselves against the extremes of nature. Stan is a paleontologist who is seeking the skeleton of a brontosaurus hidden in an... Continue Reading →

The Great Influenza by John M. Barry

The Great Influenza is a history of the Spanish Influenza epidemic that began during World War I. A global pandemic during a war seems like a terrible coincidence, but in fact, the war helped spread the virus across the globe... Continue Reading →

The Address Book by Deirdre Mask

The Address Book explores street addresses and how and where they began and why they matter. But that sounds so dull compared to the fascinating stories that fill this book. Deirdre Mask first discusses why addresses matter. Anyone who has tried... Continue Reading →

A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff

A Queen in Hiding is the first book in the Nine Realms tetralogy. Queen Cressa learns of a plot against her and secrets her daughter, Princella Cerúlia with a humble family, a peacekeeper and a weaver. enchanting them so they... Continue Reading →

The Night Country by Melissa Albert

The Night Country is a sequel to Meliisa Albert's stunning debut The Hazel Wood. It opens as Alice is back in the real world and graduating from high school. She has a part-time job at a bookstore and her best friend... Continue Reading →

The Other People by C. J. Tudor

The Other People is the story of a father's search for his missing daughter, a daughter the world believes is dead, murdered along with her mother while he was driving home. He knows she is alive, though, as  he saw... 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 →

Fell Murder by E.C.R. Lorac

Fell Murder is another Chief Inspector Macdonald mystery from classic crime novelist E. C. R. Lorac. The Garths of Garthmere may have had their land since before Flodden Field in the 16th century, but they are farmers, not idle gentry.... 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 →

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

The dramatic revelations of #MeToo are natural fodder for fiction. Fiction has been exploring the story of older men seducing underage girls for years, mostly from the perspective of the men. My Dark Vanessa explores what could be the tired story... Continue Reading →

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