These are not reviews…

I finished reading Skylights by Luther M. Siler a few days ago.  Even better than The Benevolence Archives, which I greatly enjoyed.  Believable and likable characters, interesting plot, well-detailed setting.  Good science that supports rather than overshadows the story.  Engaging narrative voice.  Satisfying resolution.  Implied promise of a sequel.  If you are interested in near-future science fiction that isn’t grimdark and pessimistic (the setting isn’t all sunshine and genetically engineered unicorns, but it’s not a dystopia, either), you should read this.

I’m currently reading Halcyon Nights by Jean Kilczer, which I bought because of something the author said recently in an interview.  (Her answers to questions 10 and 15, in case that isn’t obvious… )  I had certain expectations before I even started reading this novel, and so far I have not been disappointed.  Halcyon Nights is only the second book in this series (Sojourner of the Stars), and I suspect that later books will be even better.  (The e-book has some formatting issues throughout — missing spaces after end punctuation, mostly — but the writing itself is excellent.  I’m not going to let a little thing like sentences crowding each other keep me from reading a good story.)


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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