Book Review: This Is How You Lose The Time War


This Is How You Lose The Time War is poetry in prose. A Sapphic love story embroiled amidst war and time.  That sounds cliché I know but it’s true. Few books I’ve read have as much heft packed into so few pages as this exquisite novella. Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone have given us something beautiful and worthy of all the praise it has received. Continue reading

Book Review: The Deep


Atmospheric and thought provoking. That’s my short analysis of The Deep by Rivers Solomon (with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes). The Deep will make you ponder what it means to be a people, the importance of history, and the roles individuals play within a society. Continue reading

Blog Update: Award Nominee Challenge

Off The TBR_ Blog Page Update

I have quick blog update for everyone! I’ve added another menu item to the blog along with a new challenge.

The Award Nominee Challenge

A week or two ago I posted about My Nebula And Hugo Award Reading Challenge where I’m trying to read the nominees for Best Novel, Best Novella, and Best Short Story for the Nebula and Hugo Awards. Well, I’ve created a page dedicated to the challenge. In addition, I’ve created a page for another, similar challenge…to read and review all of the SPBFO5 Finalists. The goal is to read them all before the end of the year but I recognize up front that it might not happen. Ultimately the goal would be just to read them all…Some day…Before I die. I’d like to add to this list each year as the nominees/finalists are named, and maybe even do previous years if I decide to really get wild. Continue reading

My Nebula And Hugo Award Reading Challenge

Off The TBR Nebula And Hugo Award Reading Challenge

By now most you have probably seen that both the Nebula and Hugo award finalists have been announced. In theory these are the best books and stories in SFF for the previous year. I say “in theory” because as we all know awards, like book reviews, are chosen using subjective criteria by those who vote on them. They also pretty much ignore self-published works. There are always books I love each year that are left out of the list of finalists, and sometimes the story that wins isn’t the one I would have chosen. Some also argue there is a certain kind of book that gets nominated. That’s all open to debate. What is true however is that the finalists and the winners are not chosen by a small panel of people. According to the Hugo website for instance 1,584 people submitted 27,033 nominations for the 2020 awards. So the odds are good that the finalists are deserving of their place in the list. Continue reading