Heaven’s Queen (Paradox #3)
By: Rachel Bach
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
From the moment she took a job on Captain Caldswell’s doomed ship, Devi Morris’ life has been one disaster after another: government conspiracies, two alien races out for her blood, an incurable virus that’s eating her alive.
Now, with the captain missing and everyone — even her own government — determined to hunt her down, things are going from bad to impossible. The sensible plan would be to hide and wait for things to blow over, but Devi’s never been one to shy from a fight, and she’s getting mighty sick of running.
It’s time to put this crisis on her terms and do what she knows is right. But with all human life hanging on her actions, the price of taking a stand might be more than she can pay.
So after finishing with Honour’s Knight (review), I immediately started reading Heaven’s Queen. I had to find out what happened in the end! May contain SPOILERS for this book and for the trilogy if you haven’t read the first two books!
Honour’s Knight (Paradox #2)
By: Rachel Bach
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
Devi Morris has a lot of problems. And not the fun, easy-to-shoot kind either.
After a mysterious attack left her short several memories and one partner, she’s determined to keep her head down, do her job, and get on with her life. But even though Devi’s not actually looking for it — trouble keeps finding her. She sees things no one else can, the black stain on her hands is growing, and she is entangled with the cook she’s supposed to hate.
But when a deadly crisis exposes far more of the truth than she bargained for, Devi discovers there’s worse fates than being shot, and sometimes the only people you can trust are the ones who want you dead.
I read the first book of this trilogy last year, Fortune’s Pawn (review), and absolutely loved it. Since then I was especially keen to pick up the rest of the trilogy and find out what happens, especially as it ended on a cliffhanger (boo) 😛 I suppose you could say I didn’t wait too-TOO long (by my standards) before picking up this book and the final book, Heaven’s Queen. Contains SPOILERS if you haven’t read the first book!
By: Iain M. Banks
Format/Source: Trade paperback; was a birthday gift
The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender.
Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.
This book has been on my want-to-read pile for decades, lol. Whenever I’m in the bookstore I would pick it up, consider it, then end up putting it down for whtever reason. Well, I finally got it (as a gift) and finally decided to pick it up and read it, lol xD Could use a little more science fiction in my reading diet, anyhow 🙂
The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn
By: Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives at a remote ski chalet, he intends to ski, drink brandy, and loaf around in blissful solitude. But the chalet’s other vacationers — a famous hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, and a large handful of others — are a nuisance, and so is the avalanche that soon cuts the inn off from civilization. And then there’s the dead body, which may not even be human…
I came across this book during one of my many browsings on GoodReads and Melville House website. I haven’t read much Soviet literature to date (despite studying it for a bit) and to come across a quirky book written during the Soviet period that’s a mash-up of the mystery crime drama and the crazy sci-fi slant (along with being just a quirky read with a slew of characters with strange quirks), well, I was totally sold to check out this novel 😛
Tide of Shadows and Other Stories
By: Aidan Moher
Format/Source: eBook review copy courtesy of the author
From Aidan Moher—Hugo Award-winning editor of A Dribble of Ink—comes Tide of Shadows and Other Stories, a collection of five science fiction and fantasy stories spanning adventure, comic whimsy, and powerful drama—from a star-faring military science fiction tale of love and sacrifice, to a romp through the dragon-infested Kingdom of Copperkettle Vale.
“A Night for Spirits and Snowflakes” is the story of a young man reliving the last moments of his fellow soldiers’ lives; “The Girl with Wings of Iron and Down” tells the tale of a broken family and a girl with mechanical wings; “Of Parnassus and Princes, Damsels and Dragons” introduces a typical prince, princess, and dragon—and a not-so-typical love triangle; “The Colour of the Sky on the Day the World Ended” follows a girl and her ghost dog as they search for a bright light in the darkness; and “Tide of Shadows” is about a soldier and his lover, a mother, and planetwide genocide.
I’ve been a reader of Aidan Moher’s blog, A Dribble of Ink, for many years now; it’s certainly one of the places I go to when it comes to finding out about what’s up and coming in the fantasy & sci-fi genre, but it also features plenty of great articles about the genre (not to mention his commentary on book covers are on point). I was pleasantly surprised to read then on his blog that he had decided to self-publish a few of his short stories, which is not only really cool but for aspiring writers (*ahem*myself*ahem*) is also quite inspirational (see his article about his decision to self-publish here at Medium). The collection was released on 4 May 2015.