2017 New SFF Series and Standalones
Lists / December 12, 2016

Once again, it’s time to look ahead and get excited for what the new year has in store for us. Here’s a list of upcoming releases that I think are worth keeping track of, all either first and series or standalones. I read predominantly Fantasy, particularly epic fantasy, and my list definitely reflects that. This list wound up twice as long as I aimed for, and I know there are still more great books coming out not listed.   Looking forward to something you don’t see on the list? Share it in the comments!   EPIC FANTASY         FANTASY          SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR   EPIC FANTASY       Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy. The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place – a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires. The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be…

Audiobook Review: The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
Reviews / November 28, 2016

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi may be short, but the concept behind it opens the door for a much larger story. Imagine a world where death is not necessarily final, all depending on how you die. If you die due to illness, natural cause or an accident, then death is the end. However, if you happen to die by the hand of another, if you were murdered, then you will wake up, alive and well, in your bed. At least 99% of the time. So, consider the implications this can present, the different ways that people will be motivated to game the system of death. People participating in high risk activities, suffering from life threatening conditions, they can see this new option to hopefully reduce their risk of death. Scalzi’s world explores the good and the bad with allowing people to tamper with the natural order of things, as this concept pretty much it grants people a way to cheat death. Enter the facilitators for cheating death: dispatchers. Their job is pretty much to murder dispatch people just before they would otherwise die in some way that would not ordinarily grant them a second chance at life. Since this is a novella, I am…

Audiobook Review: Lock In by John Scalzi
4 Stars , Reviews / July 7, 2015

Lock In is a fast, fun thriller type of read. In the not so distant future, the world is plagued with a new virus, named Haden’s Syndrome (after the president whose wife and daughter were afflicted). 95% of people who get it fully recover, 4% suffer from meningitis, and then the final 1% experience something we have not had to deal with before (thankfully). They are what is termed “locked in”, they have fully functioning minds, they are completely aware of what their surroundings and what is happening, but are left completely incapacitated, unable to interact in any way. They are locked in to their own minds. This is just terrifying! Imagine being so isolated, completely paralyzed, but still being able to comprehend everything. *shudder* Sadly, science is unable to find anyway for these people to control their bodies again. But, thankfully for these victims, there have been large strides made to help restore their ability to interact and communicate other ways by the time our story takes place (25 years after Haden’s first strikes). The first way is a sort of virtual reality environment where someone who is locked in can view what is like a virtual reality environment, but in…