Review: The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

I’ve been waiting to read The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard for a while now. I wanted to buy a paperback version, but couldn’t get my hands on one. So this was the first e-book I bought for my e-reader. I didn’t know it was actually the third novella in a shared universe, so I’m definitely going to read the other two at some point.

Plot:

A mindship named The Shadow’s Child, a brewer of mind-altering brews, is visited in her office by a new prospective client. She gives her name as Long Chau, a consulting detective and wishes for the mindship to take her into space to find a corpse. It seems both an easy and a hard assignment; especially because of the trauma in The Shadow’s Child’d past. But this case turns out to be a lot harder, and more complex than either of them had initially thought.

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Review: The Vagrant by Peter Newman

I bought The Vagrant trilogy by Peter Newman basically on a whim, because I had never heard of him before I went to London Comic Con and heard him speak during a writers panel. While at this point in time I’ve only read the first book, The Vagrant, I am already certain I found a new author to love.

Plot:

The Vagrant travels a desolate world full of tainted and monsters, friendless but not alone. He has no other name, no other purpose than to reach his destination and protect that which he carries. He aims to reach the Shining City. He carries a sword, and a baby. He means to deliver the sword to those who still hold out in the Shining City, and to protect the baby with his life in this war-torn county. His journey will be long, and dangerous. Continue reading

Review: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

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I bought this novella, Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor because I heard a lot of great things about it, and because I wanted to read more diverse authors. It’s sci-fi, not fantasy, but I took the plunge anyway.

Plot:

Binti is the first Himba to ever be accepted to attend Oomza University and though she’s scared, she’s also very excited. She undertakes a space journey to get to where she’s going – but then something happens. Something terrible. Something almost unimaginable.

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Review: Fringe

When someone suggested Fringe to me, they did it by selling it as the next X-Files. Which didn’t do much for me on account that I’ve never actually seen an episode of the X-Files. I know there are a Scully and a Mulder, and one of them is a red-haired woman and one is a cop – they might be the same person for all I know -, and they solve cases that deal with the unknown. Pretty much like one of my favourite shows of all times: Supernatural. Only, in Supernatural there are two brothers and Supernatural deals with Fantasy and Horror, not Sci Fi. Continue reading

Review: John Carter

John Carter. When I first saw the trailer, I was very confused. I didn’t get the story at all, except it all revolved around a man named John Carter who seemed to have superpowers. Of course, now that I’ve actually seen the movie, I understand what it was all about. And I must say I liked the movie – which is pretty surprising, because in general I don’t like sci-fi (and yet I’m a big fan of Firefly, Dark Angel and liked Avatar). I don’t count superhero movies as sci-fi; for me that’s a whole different genre. (And NO, Supernatural isn’t sci-fi. It’s urban Fantasy!) It wasn’t a great movie, but it was enjoyable. And had nothing to do with superpowers. Just lack of gravity.

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