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Tammy’s Top Ten Sci-Fi Books Written by Women – Since I Started Blogging


I have two Sci-Fi related top ten posts this month, and this is the first. When Sci-Fi November rolled around, I knew I wanted to celebrate women authors in the science fiction field, because there are just too few of them. Sci-Fi is pretty much ruled by men, but the women who have made names for themselves in the genre need to be celebrated as well. Since I started blogging three years ago, I’ve read some great examples of what women can do with science fiction. I’ve reviewed most of these, and I’m linking up my reviews below if you’re interested. Keep in mind, these are just the books I’ve read in the last three years. There are marvelous examples of women in science fiction, like Octavia Butler, whom I’ve read and loved, but not since I’ve started blogging.

Adult Science Fiction:

1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. If you haven’t grown tired of me singing the praises of this book, then allow me to gush about it some more. This is the front-runner so far for my favorite book of the year—and I’ve read some damn good books! This beautifully written, sad, but hopeful story is set slightly in the future, after a killer flu rampages humanity. Read my review.

2. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke.  This is another example of a quiet and thoughtful science fiction story, where robots are commonplace. It’s also a love story, and I loved the way Clarke’s story takes place over many years of the characters’ lives. Read my review.

3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. This is the first book in Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, and it was amazing. If you’re looking for a series written by a master storyteller, I suggest reading this one. Goodreads.

4. Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher. I had so much fun with this one! Yes, it’s a romance, but Fisher has some serious world-building skills as well. Give this one a try, you won’t be disappointed. Read my review.

5. The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher. Wow, Sharon gets two books on my list! I think I loved this one even more than Ghost Planet. Once again, she writes a complicated love story, this time between two different races (and I mean that one of them is an alien!). Read my review.

Young Adult Science Fiction:

6. Starters by Lissa Price. Price’s future is a chilling one, where teens rent their bodies to Enders, elderly people who want to experience what it feels like to be young again. Goodreads.

7. Arclight by Josin L. McQuein. Wow, this book blew me away with its originality! Almost as much a horror story as it is science fiction, I loved the creatures called the Fade. For some reason I missed downloading McQuein’s follow-up to this book, Meridian, but I plan on catching up with it at some point. Read my review.

8. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Two teens are stranded on an uninhabited planet, after their space ship crashes. This book has everything—action, romance, and great characters. Plus it’s a fantastic survival story with unexpected depth and emotion. Not sure why I never reviewed this…I have a copy of the follow-up, This Shattered World, ready and waiting for me to read! Goodreads.

9. Blood Red Road by Moira Young. Man, I loved this book! It was beautifully written, heartbreaking (as all the best books are!) and atmospheric. I never got around to reading the two follow-up books (which seems to happen to me a lot!), but I hope to some day. Goodreads.

10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I know this series is on many favorites lists, but it all started with Cinder. Meyer is a great storyteller, and her characters come to vibrant life on the page. I still haven’t read the next two books in the series, but I’m sure I will at some point. Read my review.

Do you have any favorite science fiction books written by women? I know there are a lot more out there. Sound off in the comments!



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Stacking the Shelves (28)


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is a great way to share the most recent books you’ve received. I didn’t get much this week (thankfully, as I need to catch up!), but what I did get is pretty awesome. I also attended the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and got to meet some authors and get some of my existing books signed!

From publisher for review:

Plow the Bones

Plow the Bones by Douglas F. Warrick. Release date: May 3 2013 (Apex Book Company). I read and reviewed a fantastic book for Apex recently, What Makes You Die, and the lovely Lesley at Apex has asked me to read another title of theirs. I’m very excited to read this collection of short stories, and the publisher has also offered a copy for a giveaway! I will be featuring this book sometime in May.

Received for Blog Tour:


Awaken by Jaime Guerard. I participated in a Book Blitz for Awaken, and at that time it had a different cover. I like this one so much better! My blog tour stop is May 30th.



I feel so lucky to have won ARCs of both these books! I won Unravel Me from Alice Marvels (thanks Lauren!) and White Lines from Jenna Does Books (thanks Jenna!) I’m super excited to read both of these.


The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by E. B. Hudspeth. Yikes! I don’t know how I got this amazing book! It just showed up in the mail from Random House. However, upon a second inspection of the label on the envelope it came in, it says “Library Thing.” Which means I won it from Library Thing, but it isn’t showing up on my list of “Books Won,” and I never received an email from LT telling me I’d won it.  Weird. In any case, big thanks to Library Thing and Random House (Quirk Books). I mean, wow. This is an over-sized hardcover book heavily illustrated with drawings of magical creatures. I had to show you an illustration page just to prove it! The Resurrectionist releases on May 21st.

Books signed from the LA Times Festival of Books:



Last Saturday I attended the LA Times Festival of Books, a huge gathering of book sellers, indie publishers, big name authors and celebrities and other book related vendors. It takes place on the USC Campus and it’s quite spread out, so I have no idea what I might have missed. I got to attend a panel with Victoria Schwab (The Archived), Lauren Oliver (Delirium), Veronica Roth (Divergent) and Lissa Price (Starters), and get my books signed after the panel. (Although for some reason Lissa Price disappeared and I never got to meet her! Darn.) But it was pretty awesome meeting the other three. I already had their books, so I just took them with me to be signed.

Then I stumbled upon Bethany Lopez, author of Nissa! I was excited because I’m on one of her blog tours (next week in fact) and I was glad I got to introduce myself to her. I purchased a copy of her book and got some swag too, and I may give these away at some point. I really enjoyed this charming fairy tale about a fairy who falls in love with a human. Come back on May 2nd for my stop on the Nissa tour!

That’s it for me! What’s on your shelves this week?


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Tammy’s Top Ten Books on My Spring Reading List

Wow, it’s Tuesday again?? Time is flying by, and my reading list is getting longer and longer…Here is my Top Ten for this Tuesday, presented by The Broke and the Bookish:

1. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. Release date: May 1, 2012. The final book in Cashore’s Seven Kingdoms Trilogy. Graceling and Fire are two of my all-time favorite YA books.  They are so original and I love the characters so much, that I can’t wait to read Bitterblue.

2. Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore.  Release date: April 3, 2012.  The cover has changed, but I’m still very excited to read Moore’s latest. In fact, I like this cover even better than the first one.  Looking for some comedy with your horror? Moore’s the guy for you.

3. Starters by Lissa Price. Now available.  I keep hearing amazing things about this book, but it’s going to have to wait until I catch up with some of my review books. Oh, the anticipation…

4. Railsea by China Miéville. Release date: May 15, 2012.  This YA book from Miéville looks fantastic. Although I have to admit I haven’t enjoyed everything I’ve read by him, a couple of his adult books are all-time favorites of mine.

5. The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King. Release date: April 24, 2012. Yes, yes I know. Another Stephen King book. Yes, I love The Dark Tower, and I can’t wait to read this installment.

6. The Earthquake Machine by Mary Pauline Lowry. Now available.  Mary asked me to review her book, and I am so looking forward to it! She recently had the cover redesigned, and it’s really beautiful. Can’t wait!

7. The Destroyed by Brett Battles. Release date: March?  Hmmm, not sure about the release date, but my buddy Brett will soon release the next chapter in his Quinn series. Isn’t the cover eye-catching? If you haven’t read this series yet, where have you been??

8. Pure by Julianna Baggott. Now available.  I just mentioned this in another post, and it’s another book I’m anxious to read, but will probably have to set aside for now.

9. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. Release date: April 24, 2012.  I’ve been hearing a lot about Julie’s new series lately, so here it is, on my list. I love the cover, I’m a sucker for tears of blood!

10. Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru. Now available.  I’ve never read Kunzru before, but his latest takes place in the Mojave Desert where I grew up.  That alone is a good enough reason to read this book!


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In My Mailbox #2

In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren, and it is a great way to share the books you’ve recently received with other book bloggers. I was very excited to find this book in my mailbox a couple of days ago:

Starters by Lissa Price. Received an ARC from the publisher. Release date 3/12/12.  I entered a bunch of contests to win this book, and I finally got lucky! It’s been piling up really good reviews from the blog community, and I’m dying to read it! Here’s the description from Goodreads:

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. Released 2/28/12. Purchased.  Here’s another book that’s received stellar reviews, and I’m afraid to say I’m behind the curve, because I still haven’t had time to read Delirium. So it may be awhile before I get to it, but I’m very happy it’s now sitting on the shelves. Here’s Goodreads description:

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

Vampire Empire Book Two: The Rift Walker by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith. Released 9/20/11. Purchased.  Once again, I have bought another sequel in a series when I haven’t yet read the first book.  I suppose “In My Mailbox” is not only a way to organize new books that I receive, but a reminder of how far behind I am with my TBR pile! I’m so excited to read this series. Here’s what it’s about:

Princess Adele struggles with a life of marriage and obligation as her Equatorian Empire and their American Republic allies stand on the brink of war against the vampire clans of the north. However, the alliance’s horrific strategy for total victory drives Adele to abandon her duty and embark on a desperate quest to keep her nation from staining its hands with genocide. Reunited with her great love, the mysterious adventurer known to the world as the Greyfriar, Adele is pursued by her own people as well as her vengeful husband, senator Clark. With the human alliance in disarrray, Prince Cesare, lord of the British vampire clan, seizes the initiative and strikes at the very heart of Equatoria.

As Adele labors to bring order to her world, she learns more about the strange powers she exhibited in the north. Her teacher, Mamoru, leads a secret cabal of geomancers who believe Adele is the one who can touch the vast power of the Earth that surges through ley lines and wells up at the rifts where the lines meet. These energies are the key to defeating the enemy of mankind, and if Princess Adele could ever bring this power under her command, she could be death to vampires. But such a victory will also cost the life of Adele’s beloved Greyfriar.

The Rift Walkeris the second book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternative history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, the Vampire Empire series brings epic politcal themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.

The Urban Fantasy Anthology edited by Peter S. Beagle & Joe R. Lansdale. August 2011.  Purchased.  My friend Steve Boyett has a story in this anthology. That alone was enough to get me to purchase this collection, which is loaded with big-name fantasy writers, such as Neil Gaiman, Tim Powers, and Charles De Lint. Here’s what Goodreads has to say:

Star-studded and comprehensive, this imaginative anthology brings a myriad of modern fantasy voices under one roof. Previously difficult for readers to discover in its new modes, urban fantasy is represented here in all three of its distinct styles—playful new mythologies, sexy paranormal romances, and gritty urban noir. Whether they feature tattooed demon-hunters, angst-ridden vampires, supernatural gumshoes, or pixelated pixies, these authors—including Patricia Briggs, Neil Gaiman, and Charles de Lint—mash-up traditional fare with pop culture, creating iconic characters, conflicted moralities, and complex settings. The result is starkly original fiction that has broad-based appeal and is immensely entertaining.

Exiled by M. R. Merrick. August 2011.  Purchased.  I can’t remember where I came across this book.  It sounded intriguing, and it’s garnered lots of great reviews on Goodreads, so I decided to try it.  Turns out it’s self-published, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but the story feels all-too-familiar, and the writing is just so-so.  At least the cover’s pretty! Here’s the story description:

Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase’s birthday, the bloodline stopped.

Exiled without the Circle’s protection, Chase has spent two years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a frightened and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle’s agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world. Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can’t do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance with Rayna — a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret.

In their attempt to stop them, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle’s plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other’s life depending on it.

Auraria by Tim Westover. Release date July 2012.  I received a review request from the publisher, QW Publishers, and I was especially intrigued because Westover is also the author of a book of short stories written in the International language of Esperanto. I had to look that up, since I’ve never heard of it. Turns out Esperanto was created as “an easy-to-learn and politically neutral language that transcends nationality and would foster peace and international understanding between people with different regional and/or national languages.” (from Wikipedia) Wow, who knew? Am I the only one who’s never heard of this?? Luckily for me, Auraria is written in English.  Here’s what Goodreads says:

Water spirits, moon maidens, haunted pianos, headless revenants, and an invincible terrapin that lives under the mountains. None of these distract James Holtzclaw from his employer’s mission: to turn the fading gold-rush town of Auraria, GA, into a first-class resort and drown its fortunes below a man-made lake. But when Auraria’s peculiar people and problematic ghosts collide with his own rival ambitions, Holtzclaw must decide what he will save and what will be washed away.

Taking its inspiration from a real Georgia ghost town, Auraria is steeped in the folklore of the Southern Appalachians, where the tensions of natural, supernatural and artificial are still alive.

What have you received in your mailbox this week?


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