Tom Whitmore Reviews Temper by Nicky Drayden

Temper, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager 978-0-06-249305-7, $15.99, 400pp, tp) August 2018.

I didn’t feel connected enough to the world of Temper for much of the book: it was far enough outside my experience, and there were few clues to help me get into it. There was enough going on to keep me going, and I’m glad I found that, because in the end, it really made me think about privilege ...Read More

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2017 Year-in-Review by Adrienne Martini and Tom Whitmore

2017 by Adrienne Martini

Speaking only as myself (rather than for Locus as an entity), 2017 has been the year when reading anything too full of conflict or featur­ing dark and complicated conspiracies hit far too close to home. When the non-fictional world starts to read like fiction, it’s hard to have much resilience left for the same in a made-up world. Again, I’m speaking for a sample size of ...Read More

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Tom Whitmore Reviews March of War by Bennett R. Coles

March of War, Bennett R. Coles (Titan 978-1-78329-427-5, $14.95, 336pp, pb) October 2017.

If more military SF books were like the Virtues of War trilogy by Bennett R. Coles, I’d read much more of this subgenre. March of War has grip­ping, suspenseful writing with excellent charac­ters and very believable conflicts within and be­tween individuals, and a firm grasp of the idea that, in any war, there are good and evil ...Read More

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