Review of “Stealing Thunder,” by Alina Boyden, up tomorrow!

As it says in the title, my review for Alina Boyden’s wonderful fantasy novel, “Stealing Thunder,” will be up tomorrow.  It took me all month to get through this book, not because of the book itself or its length, but because of my own fatigue.

There is a lot of awfulness happening in the world, from an atrocious pandemic response to the constant police violence against Americans to J.K. Rowling revealing herself to be a raging transphobe.  It’s a lot to take in, and it makes it difficult to enjoy the things I would normally enjoy, such as reading.  Every time I picked up the book, I couldn’t help but ask, “Why am I reading when I should be doing something more?”

But it was important to me to finish “Stealing Thunder” and get the post up as soon as possible.  This is a novel written by a trans woman author, about a trans woman heroine.  Plus, it has some pretty cool fantasy aerial dogfights.

We need more books like this to go mainstream.

I already have the next two books on my list picked out, and I will try to get back on my schedule of reading/reviewing two to three books a month.

This blog believes that black lives matters and trans rights are human rights.

A Note about Tomorrow’s Review: Tiamat’s Wrath

Tomorrow morning I will be posting a review of James S. A. Corey’s Tiamat’s Wrath, book 8 in one of my favorite works of modern science-fiction, The Expanse.  This eventual 9 book series has been released almost every year since 2011, and even spawned The Expanse tv series, recently purchased by Amazon.  As this review is concerning a sequel, much of what I discuss may not make sense to someone who is not familiar with the story.  Unfortunately, this is not a series I would recommend jumping into partway through.

If you have not read The Expanse series yet, I highly suggest catching up on this excellent work of science-fiction.  I consider this series to be one of the defining works of modern science-fiction.  To see my thoughts on the series until now, check out my previous posts “2017 Reading List Part 5” which talks about the first 6 books in the series, and “The Art of Empire Building,” my review of book 7.

A Note on the Next Review: The Dreaming Stars

I am very excited to say that the next book I am reviewing is The Dreaming Stars, by Time Pratt Time Pratt.  This is the sequel to his wonderful science-fiction adventure, The Wrong Stars, which is the second book I ever reviewed on this blog.  The second book in a burgeoning space opera, I am excited to see what happens to Captain Callie Machedo and Dr. Elena Oh after their discovery of the Axiom, the demi-god aliens sleeping in the dark corners of the universe.

While you’re waiting for my review of The Dreaming Stars, go catch up on The Wrong Stars and my review, Instructions Not Included.  If you love science-fiction, this is a can’t-miss series!

An Announcement about the Next Review

Last week was a busy week here on City on the Moon.  I reviewed the entire Wayward Pines trilogy, a series of novels by Blake Crouch written several years ago.  After reading three books in around a week and half, I needed a break.  As much as I love reading and writing these reviews, it can be difficult to balance that with a full-time job and other hobbies.  But I try my best to find and read and recommend books to you all.

All that aside, it seems my break lasted less than a week.  I picked up John Grisham’s The Rooster Bar today.  Couldn’t help myself.  I have not even started reading yet, but I can say that this will be the subject of my next review.  It is a return to the legal thriller after publishing Camino Island, which I read last year and mentioned in one of my reading lists.  This time around, Grisham dives into the scams that are for-profit law schools, and I cannot wait to see how it turns out.

Check back in next week for my full review.  Happy reading!

Upcoming schedule – The Wayward Pines Trilogy

As you may have noticed, I tend to post one book review roughly every two weeks; more frequently if I burst through a novel.  The Wayward Pines trilogy is one series that just seems to speed by.  I finished Pines, the first novel, in four days.  I finished reading Wayward, the second novel, today.  It took another four days.  At this rate, I’ll have finished The Last Town, the final novel in the trilogy by the end of the week.

This is going to be a busy week here on City on the Moon.  Where Paradise is Home, my review of Pines, went up this morning.  Expect a review of Wayward to go up tomorrow morning, and a review of The Last Town Friday morning.

Happy reading!

A note about The Witcher series and my next review

The Witcher world, created by Andrzej Sapkowski, spans two collections of short stories, a five novel series, and a trilogy of video games.  To even the most avid reader and gamer, this is a lot of story to consume.  The series follows Geralt of Rivia.  Geralt is a witcher, a type of human mutant, enhanced through magic and medicine to fight the monsters that plague the continent on which the tales take place.  He is friends with a world-renowned poet and bar, the lover of a powerful sorceress, and adopted father of a princess without a kingdom.

Read the Rest!

Updated schedule: Review of The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss

As it turns out, The Wise Man’s Fear, sequel to Patrick Rothfuss’ excellent debut novel The Name of the Wind, is roughly 1,000 pages long.  Unfortunately, that means there will likely be no review this week.  I try to post a review every two weeks as I finish each book, but The Wise Man’s Fear requires more of my time.  Expect my post closer to memorial day, and enjoy the long weekend!

As a bonus to make up for the delay, I will also read and post a mini-review of Rothfuss’ The Slow Regard of Silent Things, a novella following the daily life of one of Kvothe’s friends when she’s not around him, before the end of May.

In the meantime, go ahead and catch up with my review of The Name of the Wind.  I cannot recommend it enough.

Change of plans for tomorrow’s review

For anyone who read my last review, “Solve for Fate,” I originally announced the next review will be about The Body Library, by Jeff Noon.  That was before I randomly came across The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  A 700-page fantasy tome, this novel drew me in immediately and has not let me go since.  I am setting aside The Body Library for now, but I will come back to it after tomorrow’s review!

A note about tomorrow’s review

Tomorrow morning I’ll be posting my review of The Last Equation of Isaac Severy, by Nova Jacobs.  This is a little unusual for me in that it’s neither science-fiction nor fantasy.  There’s some elements of thriller, a touch of romance, a brief murder-mystery, and a lot of family drama.  Most of all this, this is literary mathematical fiction.

I am lucky to have seen Nova read portions of the story at Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena last month at a launch event, and am happy to share her first novel with you all.

Check back in the morning for the complete review!

Small Announcement

Just a small announcement for City on the Moon going forward.  I’ve received a few requests for solicited reviews, and have now been sent a couple review copies as well.  In fact, this next one, David Meredith’s Aaru is one such.  In the interest of full disclosure, at the beginning of any review where I have received the book for free, I’ll add a little PSA to that effect.  If you don’t see that, then I either bought the book myself or was gifted it by a friend or family member.

Exciting times are ahead for City on the Moon!