Reviewing

My tastes run to hard SF, to whimsy, to Scandinavian crime and to humour, but not everything I’ve reviewed fits neatly into one or other of these categories.

It would perhaps be beneficial, in the eyes of some, if I were to provide a star ranking system, or some such, but I haven’t done that here. You should, however, be able to judge for yourself whether I consider a book to be worthwhile.

With the above provisos, the following are book reviews I’ve written over the past several years:

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Ahnhem, Stefan: The Ninth Grave

Alvtegen, Karin: Missing

Alvtegen, Karin: Shadow

Asaro, Catherine: Primary Inversion (XX Hard SF review #1)

Ashby, Madeline: vN (XX Hard SF review #6)

Baker, Kage: The Hotel Under the Sand

Banks, Iain: Transition (review first published in ASIM 42)

Banks, Iain M: Matter (review first published on the ASIM website)

Banks, Iain M: Surface Detail (review first published in ASIM 49)

Barnes, John: The Armies of Memory

Bear, Greg: Blood Music (review first published on the ASIM website)

Bear, Greg: City at the End of Time (review first published on the ASIM website)

Bedford, K A: Paradox Resolution

Benford, Gregory: As Big As The Ritz

Blædel, Sara: Call Me Princess (also published as Blue Blood)

Blakehills, Clay: Killable Hours (After the World, #1) (review first published in ASIM 46)

de Bodard, Aliette: On a Red Station, Drifting

Bohman, Therese: Drowned

Brackett, Leigh: The Big Jump

Bradbury, Ray: Stories Volume 1 (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Browne, Adam: Pyrotechnicon (review first published in ASIM 58)

Bujold, Lois McMaster: Cryoburn (review first published in ASIM 49)

Bujold, Lois McMaster: Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Butler, Octavia E: Dawn (XX Hard SF review #3)

Carlsson, Christoffer: The Invisible Man from Salem

Carlsson, Christoffer: October Is The Cruellest Month

Case, Stephen: Trees and Other Wonders (review first published in ASIM 58)

Cashore, Kristin: Graceling (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Ceder, Camilla: Babylon

Charnock, Anne: The Enclave

Cherryh, C J: Cyteen (XX Hard SF review #4)

Cho, Zen: Spirits Abroad

Clarke, Arthur C and Pohl, Frederik: The Last Theorem (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Cooper, Brenda: Cracking the Sky (XX Hard SF review #12)

Corbett, Claire: When We Have Wings (XX Hard SF review #5)

Corbett, Claire: Watch Over Me

Dahl, Kjell Ola: Faithless

Damhaug, Torkil: Medusa

Dick, Philip K: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Doctorow, Cory: Little Brother (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Dowker, Felicity: Phantasy Moste Grotesk (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Dozois, Gardner and Strahan, Jonathan (editors): The New Space Opera (review first published on the Antipodean Specfic in Focus website)

Dozois, Gardner and Strahan, Jonathan (editors): The New Space Opera 2 (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Dyer, Thoraiya: Crossroads of Canopy

Edelman, David Louis: Infoquake (review first published on the ASIM website)

Egan, Greg: Quarantine (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Egan, Greg: Teranesia (review first published on the ASIM website)

Egan, Greg: Schild’s Ladder (review first published in ASIM 32)

Egan, Greg: Incandescence (review first published in ASIM 36)

Egan, Greg: Oceanic (review first published in ASIM 43)

Egholm, Elsebeth: Three Dog Night

Enger, Thomas: Burned

Farr, Russell B and Evans, Nick (editors): The Workers’ Paradise (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website, and subsequently reprinted in ASIM 32)

Fenn, Jaine: Principles of Angels (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Fischer, Jason: Gravesend (After the World, #2) (review first published in ASIM 44)

Fossum, Karin: In the Darkness

Fossum, Karin: He Who Fears The Wolf

Fossum, Karin: Bad Intentions

Gazan, Sissel-Jo: The Dinosaur Feather

Gerhardsen, Carin: The Gingerbread House

Gilman, Carolyn Ives: Arkfall / The Ice Owl (XX Hard SF review #8)

Gorodischer, Angélica: Kalpa Imperial

Grebe, Camilla: The Ice Beneath Her

Green, Simon: The Spy Who Haunted Me (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Griffith, Nicola: Ammonite

Griffith, Nicola: With Her Body

Grzyb, Liz (editor): Scary Kisses (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Haines, Paul: Slice of Life (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Haldeman, Joe: The Mars Girl

Hanson, Donna Maree: Rayessa and the Space Pirates (review first published in ASIM 57)

Harland, Richard: Worldshaker (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Harrison, M. John: Light (review first published on the ASIM website)

Harrison, M. John: Nova Swing (review first published on the ASIM website)

Heaney, William: Memoirs of a Master Forger (review first published on the ASIM website)

Helgason, Hallgrímur: The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning

Hiekkapelto, Kati: The Hummingbird

Hiekkapelto, Kati: The Defenceless

Hiekkapelto, Kati: The Exiled

Hiltunen, Pekka: Cold Courage

Hodgkinson, Marie (editor): Semaphore Anthology 2009 (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Holt, Anne: Blind Goddess

Holt, Anne: Blessed Are Those Who Thirst

Høeg, Peter: Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow

Indriðason, Arnaldur: Strange Shores

Indriðason, Arnaldur: The Shadow District

Ingólfsson, Viktor Arnar: The Flatey Enigma

James, Roby (editor): Warrior Wisewoman (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Jansson, Anna: Strange Bird

Jansson, Tove: The Listener

Jansson, Tove: The Summer Book

Jansson, Tove: Sculptor’s Daughter

Jansson, Tove: The Moomins and the Great Flood (Moominreview #1)

Jansson, Tove: Comet in Moominland (Moominreview #2)

Jansson, Tove: Finn Family Moomintroll (Moominreview #3)

Jansson, Tove: The Exploits of Moominpappa (Moominreview #4)

Jansson, Tove: Moominsummer Madness (Moominreview #5)

Jansson, Tove: Moominland Midwinter (Moominreview #6)

Jansson, Tove: Tales from Moominvalley (Moominreview #7)

Jansson, Tove: Moominpappa at Sea (Moominreview #8)

Jansson, Tove: Moominvalley in November (Moominreview #9)

Jónasson, Ragnar: Snowblind

Jungstedt, Mari: Unseen

Jungstedt, Mari: Unspoken

Jungstedt, Mari: Unknown

Järvelä, Jari: The Girl and the Rat

Jääskeläinen, Pasi Ilmari: The Rabbit Back Literature Society

Kaaberbøl, Lene and Friis, Agnete: The Boy in the Suitcase

Kepler, Lars: The Nightmare

Khan, Ahmed A. (editor): SF Waxes Philosophical (review first published on the ASIM website)

Krasnostein, Alisa and Payne, Ben (editors): 2012 (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Krasnostein, Alisa and Wessely, Tehani (editors): New Ceres Nights (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Kress, Nancy: Beggars in Spain (the novella) (XX Hard SF review #2)

Kress, Nancy: AI Unbound (Two Stories of Artificial Intelligence)

Kress, Nancy: Act One

Krohn, Leena: Tainaron (Mail from Another City)

Krohn, Leena: Datura (or A Delusion We All See)

Lahlum, Hans Olav: The Human Flies

Larson, Nathan and Edenborg, Carl-Michael (editors): Stockholm Noir

Larsson, Åsa: The Savage Altar

Larsson, Åsa: The Blood Spilt

Lawson, Chris: Written in Blood (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Le Guin, Ursula K: The Word for World is Forest

Lehtolainen, Leena: Copper Heart

Lier Horst, Jørn: When It Grows Dark

Liu, Cixin: The Three-Body Problem

Locke, M J: Up Against It (XX Hard SF review #7)

Läckberg, Camilla: The Ice Princess

Läckberg, Camilla: The Scent of Almonds and other stories

MacLeod, Ken: The Execution Channel (review first published on the ASIM website)

Macnee, Patrick: Deadline and Dead Duck

Maloney, Geoffrey: Tales from the Crypto-System (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Mankell, Henning: Faceless Killers

Mankell, Henning: An Event in Autumn

Mankell, Henning: The Troubled Man

Mann, Phillip: The Disestablishment of Paradise (review first published in ASIM 57)

Mannering, Paul: The Engines of Empathy (review first published in ASIM 61)

Mannering, Paul: Pisces of Fate

Marklund, Lisa: Lifetime

Martin, George R. R.: Tuf Voyaging (review first published in ASIM 58)

McAuley, Paul: Cowboy Angels (review first published on the ASIM website)

McAuley, Paul: Fairyland (review first published on the ASIM website)

McDevitt, Jack: The Hercules Text

McDevitt, Jack: Echo

McDevitt, Jack: The Devil’s Eye

McDevitt, Jack: Thunderbird

McDonald, Ian: Brasyl (review first published on the ASIM website)

Miller, James: Lost Boys (review first published in ASIM 42)

Miller, James: Sunshine State (review first published in ASIM 47)

Moore, Christopher: A Dirty Job (review first published on the Australian SpecFic in Focus website)

Moore, Christopher: Fluke (or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings) (review first published on the ASIM website)

Moore, Christopher:  The Stupidest Angel (review first published on the ASIM website)

Morden, Simon: At the Speed of Light

Morgan, Richard: Altered Carbon (review first published on the ASIM website)

Morgan, Richard: Black Man (review first published on the ASIM website)

Morgan, Richard: Broken Angels (review first published on the ASIM website)

Morgan, Richard: Market Forces (review first published on the ASIM website)

Morgan, Richard: The Steel Remains (review first published on the ASIM website)

Morgan, Richard: The Cold Commands (review first published in ASIM 54)

Morgan, Richard: Woken Furies (review first published on the ASIM website)

Moriarty, Chris: Spin State (XX Hard SF review #9)

Murray, Lee: Into the Mist

Nesbø, Jo: Blood on Snow / Midnight Sun

Nesser, Håkan: Hour of the Wolf

Nesser, Håkan: A Summer with Kim Novak

Nichols, Ian: Son et Lumiere (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Nichols, Ian: The Whorl and the Pallin (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Nors, Dorthe: Mirror, Shoulder, Signal

Ohlsson, Kristina: The Disappeared

Ohlsson, Kristina: Buried Lies

Okorafor, Nnedi: Binti

Ostberg, Sten: Blood Ran Cold

Ramqvist, Karolina: The White City

Ravatn, Agnes: The Bird Tribunal

Renberg, Tore: See You Tomorrow

Reynolds, Alastair: Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Reynolds, Alastair: House of Suns (review first published on the ASIM website)

Reynolds, Alastair: Revelation Space (review first published on the ASIM website)

Reynolds, Alastair: The Prefect (review first published on the ASIM website)

Reynolds, Alastair: Zima Blue (review first published in ASIM 47)

Reynolds, Alastair: Blue Remembered Earth (review first published in ASIM 54)

Reynolds, Alastair: The Iron Tactician

Reynolds, Alastair: Slow Bullets

Reynolds, Alastair: Revenger

Reynolds, Eric T (editor): Ruins Terra (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Roberts, Adam: Swiftly (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Russ, Joanna: We Who Are About To …

Rygg, Pernille: The Butterfly Effect

Scalzi, John: Old Man’s War

Scalzi, John: The Dispatcher

Scheen, Kjersti: Final Curtain

Sigurðardóttir, Yrsa: The Silence of the Sea

Simukka, Salla: As Red As Blood

Sinisalo, Johanna: Birdbrain

Sinisalo, Johanna: The Core of the Sun

Sipilä, Jarkko: Against The Wall

Sjöwall, Maj and Wahlöö, Per: Roseanna

Sjöwall, Maj and Wahlöö, Per: The Man Who Went Up In Smoke

Snellman, Anja: Pet Shop Girls

Sparks, Cat: Lotus Blue

Staalesen, Gunnar: Where Roses Never Die

Sten, Viveca: Still Waters

Strahan, Jonathan (editor): Eclipse Two (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Strahan, Jonathan (editor): Eclipse Three (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Stross, Charles: Saturn’s Children (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Stross, Charles: Halting State (review first published on the ASIM website)

Swanwick, Michael: Field Guide to the Mesozoic Megafauna

Tepper, Sheri S: Grass

Theils, Lone: Fatal Crossing

Theorin, Johan: The Darkest Room

Thomson, Amy: Virtual Girl (XX Hard SF review #11)

Thomson, Amy: The Color of Distance

Tidbeck, Karin: Amatka

Totton, Sarah: Animythical Tales (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Tuomainen, Antti: The Healer

Tuomainen, Antti: Dark As My Heart

Tuomainen, Antti: The Mine

Tursten, Helene: The Beige Man

Vinge, Joan D: Heaven Chronicles (XX Hard SF review #10)

Wahlöö, Per: Murder on the Thirty-First Floor

Weir, Andy: The Martian

Williams, Sean: The Force Unleashed (review first published on the Specusphere website)

Williams, Sean: Magic Dirt (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Williams, Sean: Cenotaxis (review first published in ASIM 42)

Williams, Sean: The Grand Conjunction (review first published in ASIM 42)

Williams, Sheila (editor): Asimov’s Magazine, vol 32 no. 2, February 2008 (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Williams, Sheila (editor): Asimov’s Magazine, vol 32 no. 3, March 2008 (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Williams, Sheila (editor): Asimov’s Magazine, vol 32 no. 4/5, April/May 2008 (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

Williams, Sheila (editor): Asimov’s Magazine, vol 40 no. 7, July 2016

Williams, Sheila (editor): Asimov’s Magazine, vol 40 no. 8, August 2016

Williams, Sheila (editor): Asimov’s Magazine, vol 40 no. 9, September 2016

Williams, Sheila (editor): Asimov’s Magazine, vol 40 no. 10/11, October/November 2016

Williams, Sheila (editor): Asimov’s Magazine, vol 40 no.12, December 2016

Wolf, C. June: Finding Creatures and Other Stories (review first published on the Australian Specfic in Focus website)

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For my ‘XX Hard SF’ review series, an index of the blog posts is here.

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