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Category: 5 Star

5 Star, Non-Fiction

Inferior

In Inferior, Angela Saini looks at the bias at work in science, specifically when it comes to studies in sex difference. From Darwin’s frankly appalling (but of his time) attitude to women to modern day studies, Saini looks at their evidence and takes apart theories…

5 Star, Science Fiction

Scythe

I must have bypassed Scythe when it came out, because I’d become a bit phased by young adult dystopia, but then I saw Hanna @ Booking in Heels loved it. She’s a tough critic. Turns out it’s set in a utopia and has plenty to…

5 Star, Fantasy

Spinning Silver

It completely passed me by that Naomi Novik’s Uprooted was based on Beauty and the Beast, but Spinning Silver is clearly inspired by Rumpelstiltskin, yet also so much more. Miryem is the moneylender’s daughter, her father being far too nice for the profession. When she…

5 Star, Fantasy

A Reaper at the Gates

Sabaa Tahir hits the spot for my epic fantasy needs. Her characters show compassion in a bloody world but also must do what needs to be done, even if feelings will be hurt. I basically inhaled A Reaper at the Gates and will now be…

5 Star, Horror

Into the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep reminded me in many ways of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, but instead of dinosaurs, there are killer mermaids. It’s set in the very near future, enough to allow for some slight technological advances and a bit more damage to the environment….

5 Star, Horror

Dread Nation

You might expect the dead are rising from the battlefields of the American Civil War to change everything, but Justina Ireland uses Dread Nation to explore how minorities continue to be exploited. Jane is a pupil at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, receiving…

5 Star, Science Fiction

I Still Dream

Laura needed someone to talk to after her father disappeared, so she made Organon. It’s more than just software to her, it’s her friend and therapist. The year is 1997 and AI has a long way to go, but someone sees promise in her work,…

5 Star, Science Fiction

Obsidio

Obsidio is the final instalment in the Illuminae Files trilogy and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books. Well the Illuminae Files have been quite a treat, I don’t know why I took so long to start but I have now devoured…