Reviews

Sci-fi Novel Review: Tasmanian Gothic by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky

My judging team for the third annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC3) has scouted our entire allotment and selected seven books to be passed around the team for full evaluations by our entire complement of judges. As I read two of the seven in the scouting phase, that will mean five new reads for me… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: Tasmanian Gothic by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky

Monthly Round-Up

December 2023 Round-up and Short Fiction Miscellany

It’s “Best of the Year” season, and in addition to posting my own Recommended Reading List, I’ve started reading a lot of stories from “best of the year” lists from authors and readers like John Wiswell, A.C. Wise, and Maria Haskins. Suffice to say, there’s been plenty of good reading to be done. So let’s… Continue reading December 2023 Round-up and Short Fiction Miscellany

Reviews

Sci-fi Novel Review: Stargun Messenger by Darby Harn

My judging team for the third annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC3) has scouted our entire allotment and selected seven books to be passed around the team for full evaluations by our entire complement of judges. As I read two of the seven in the scouting phase, that will mean five new reads for me… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: Stargun Messenger by Darby Harn

Year in Review · Top Lists

Tar Vol’s 2023 Recommended Reading List: Holiday Edition

It’s that time of year again. People are buying holiday gifts, Nebula nominations are open, the New Year is just around the corner, and bookish spaces are being flooded with “best of the year” lists. It’s one of my favorite times of the year for finding new things to read, and it’s a wonderful time… Continue reading Tar Vol’s 2023 Recommended Reading List: Holiday Edition

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Time Warp Book Bingo: 25 Books for Two Cards (2015, 2023)

As I have each year since the pandemic, I’ve not only completed a full card in the r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge, I’ve completed one with its own special theme. I love the way the challenge churns through my TBR and brings to my attention books I otherwise would never have noticed or would have let languish… Continue reading Time Warp Book Bingo: 25 Books for Two Cards (2015, 2023)

Magazine Review

Tar Vol Reads a Magazine (or Two): Reviews of Clarkesworld and GigaNotoSaurus (December 2023)

I’m wrapping up my first year of regular magazine reading with a short review of the December 2023 issues of Clarkesworld and GigaNotoSaurus. Both publications were well worth reading all year, and this month is no exception. Stay tuned for a deep dive into my favorite stories of the year—hopefully to be posted this week—and… Continue reading Tar Vol Reads a Magazine (or Two): Reviews of Clarkesworld and GigaNotoSaurus (December 2023)

Reviews

Sci-fi Novel Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

It looks like the October book clubs conspired to push me into reading genre classics that I’d been meaning to circle back around to for ages. So right after finishing The Haunting of Hill House (which I still haven’t reviewed, I know it’s two months later, stay tuned), I jumped right into A Canticle for… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

Reviews

Fantasy Novel Review: The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty

The elevator pitch for Shannon Chakraborty’s The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi is almost perfectly tailored to make me skip it. It’s an action-adventure tale on the high seas, with all manner of demons and demigods causing chaos at every turn. As a reader who doesn’t much care for action-heavy fantasy, nautical settings, or demigods, it… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty