Books You Should Be Reading

THE FIFTH SEASON

In a land where geological apocalypses recur every 100-300 years, one society has survived by enslaving the planet’s geomancers to try and prevent apocalyptic events from disrupting their lavish society. Get ready for a ruthless, pulls-no-punches exploration of slavery, madness, and betrayal told with some very clever narrative tricks that will leave you impressed with the author’s gutsy confidence. As I was reading THE FIFTH SEASON I couldn’t help but feel I was witnessing a master of fantasy coming into her full powers.

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DARK ORBIT

If what you’d like is some more science in your science fiction, this is the book for you. Gorgeous writing, incredible worldbuilding, and interesting, dynamic characters make this a satisfying read. It does get a bit talky-talky there in the middle, which left me skimming pages as I neared the end, and there are some problematic issues with the Great Savior Among the Veiled Women trope, but overall it was a grand mystery that delved deeply into our perception of the cosmos and how it limits the way we perceive both it and ourselves. A classic feminist science fiction story in the best way.

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THE WHITE TRIBUNAL

An oldie but a goodie. I re-read this recently because I grew up loving Paula Volsky’s work and wanted to make sure it held up. It does. This is a clever story about  the deluded stories we tell ourselves, and the price we will pay for revenge. A loose retelling of the Count of Monte Cristo in a secondary world rife with illegal magics.

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