Recently Read - book reviews from The Incomparable

Recently Read - book reviews from The Incomparable
A podcast in which we tell you about a book we just finished, and what we thought of it.

48: “The City We Became” by N.K. Jemisin
May 18 • 2 min
Need a book to restore your readerly habits? This one worked for Scott!…
47: “Famous Men Who Never Lived” by K. Chess
Dec 27, 2019 • 9 min
People from an alternate timeline live as refugees in our New York City. It’s full of grief, sadness, frustration, and coincidences….
46: “Underground Airlines” by Ben H. Winters
Sep 26, 2019 • 5 min
Nathan reviews Ben H. Winters’s Underground Airlines, a gripping thriller set in an alternate history that feels too close to our own….
45: “Six Stories” by Matt Wesolowski
Sep 26, 2019 • 3 min
Antony discusses SIX STORIES by Matt Wesolowski, a book tailor-made for podcast listeners….
44: “How To Do Nothing” by Jenny Odell
Sep 25, 2019 • 2 min
How hard is it to do nothing, anyway?…
43: “The Long Lavender Look” by John D. McDonald
Sep 5, 2019 • 8 min
Re-reading the Travis McGee adventure novels of the 60’s and 70’s in the twenty-first century….
42: “Children of Ruin” by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Jul 11, 2019 • 4 min
The sequel to “Children of Time” does the original one better by adding new planets, new species, and maybe even aliens?…
41: “Fall; or, Dodge in Hell” by Neal Stephenson
Jul 8, 2019 • 7 min
Once again, Neal Stephenson has buried 250 great pages in a 900-page book….
40: “My Book of Genesis” by Richard Macphail
Jul 1, 2019 • 4 min
Antony discusses the infamously-not-dead Genesis road manager’s story, finally told in a delightful book….
39: “His Majesty’s Dragon” by Naomi Novik
May 24, 2019 • 4 min
Erika needed some dragons. She got them. She also got a war. So, swings and roundabouts….
38: “Ghosts in the Schoolyard” by Eve Ewing
May 16, 2019 • 4 min
Quinn talks about school closings, civil responsibility, and Eve Ewing’s sociology book “Ghosts in the Schoolyard.”…
37: “Educated” by Tara Westover
Apr 26, 2019 • 3 min
One million people have read and recommended Educated, but Quinn is here to be number one million and one….
36: “Places in the Darkness” by Chris Brookmyre
Apr 25, 2019 • 3 min
Antony discusses Chris Brookmyre’s sci-fi murder mystery PLACES IN THE DARKNESS….
35: “Terminal Alliance” by Jim C. Hines
Apr 3, 2019 • 5 min
Do you love post-apocalyptic fiction, but for your soul’s sake you need to keep it light? Has Erika got a book for you!…
34: “Spirits, Spells, and Snark” by Kelly McCullough
Apr 3, 2019 • 2 min
The sequel to Magic, Madness, and Mischief delivers more of what Erika loved about the first book….
33: “Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik
Mar 4, 2019 • 4 min
Like “Uprooted” before it, “Spinning Silver” is a more modern remix of classic fairy tale and fantasy scenarios. Royal weddings! Ice kings! Just don’t mention Rumpelstiltskin….
32: “In The Company of Others” by Julie E. Czerneda
Feb 10, 2019 • 3 min
Scott doesn’t remember why he had a copy of this book, but finally got around to reading it and enjoyed it!…
31: “Trail of Lightning” by Rebecca Roanhorse
Feb 10, 2019 • 3 min
Quinn got recommended a book by the Chicago Public Library, and now trusts the library completely….
30: “Magic, Madness, and Mischief” by Kelly McCullough
Feb 9, 2019 • 5 min
Erika read this middle-grade fantasy both recently and not-so-recently. Turns out re-reading it is just as delightful as the first time through….
29: “Hidden Sun” by Jaine Fenn
Feb 9, 2019 • 4 min
Erika went in search of a novel worthy to add to her Hugo nomination list — and she found one!…
28: “The Wise Man’s Fear” by Patrick Rothfuss
Jan 11, 2019 • 5 min
Monty’s a few years late, but he just got to the second book in Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles….
27: “Crimson Frost” by Jim C. Hines
Dec 19, 2018 • 2 min
Merry Christmas, readers! For your holiday pleasure, Erika brings you a wacky-yet-dark Christmas mashup. It’s a shortie, so you can read it while your wine is mulling or your chestnuts are roasting….
26: “Children of Time” by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Dec 19, 2018 • 5 min
Arachnophobes, steer clear. Hard sci-fi fans, pull up a chair!…
25: “Salvation” by Peter F. Hamilton
Nov 12, 2018 • 3 min
Scott is a fan of Hamilton (no, not that one), but does his latest hold up?…
24: “Love and Romanpunk” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Nov 9, 2018 • 4 min
In which Erika loves “twisted history” and Tansy. Not necessarily in that order. But maybe….
23: “Embers of War” by Gareth L. Powell
Nov 9, 2018 • 4 min
In which a good tweet convinces Erika to read a good book….
22: “Record of a Spaceborn Few” by Becky Chambers
Oct 20, 2018 • 7 min
The third book in Becky Chambers’ “Wayfarers” universe — but there’s no need to read either of the other two before diving into this one….
21: “Impostor Syndrome” by Mishell Baker
Oct 2, 2018 • 5 min
The third book in the “Arcadia Project” series is great, but start with “Borderline” if you haven’t read any of them—and if you’ve read the first two, be sure to bone up before diving in to book three….
20: “The Golden Minute” by John Birmingham
Sep 10, 2018 • 4 min
A rollicking time-travel adventure featuring an 1870s lawman and a 21st century game developer, lost in time—and on the run from historical danger as well as deadly time police. It’s fun!…
19: The Sam Clair Mysteries by Judith Flanders
Aug 30, 2018 • 3 min
Scott read all 4 books in the series over the course of 4 days. You will too….
18: “Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World” by Dan Koeppel
Aug 29, 2018 • 6 min
I guess you could say that this is a book that has… appeal….
17: “The Fictional Man” by Al Ewing
Aug 14, 2018 • 5 min
If we made flesh and blood versions of fictional characters, would they be “real” people? Antony enjoys some late-night misanthropic philosophy with Al Ewing’s 2013 novel “The Fictional Man.”…
16: “The Ends of the World” by Peter Brannen
Aug 10, 2018 • 5 min
“The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions” puts the history of Earth and our role in it in perspective. Too much perspective, probably….
15: “Girl Reporter” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Aug 9, 2018 • 3 min
Tina Valentina may not be Lois Lane, but without Lois and Vicki and April and Cat and Trish and so many more, there’d be no Tina. And without Tina, there’d be no Friday. And without Friday, we wouldn’t have this delightful superhero comedy romp.…
14: “Summer in Orcus” by T. Kingfisher
Aug 9, 2018 • 4 min
Erika’s continued Hugo (ahem, not-a-Hugo) reading yields excellent results!…
13: “Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of YMR” by John Crowley
Aug 8, 2018 • 5 min
A crow that lives forever? What’s that all about?…
12: “Summerland” by Hannu Rajaniemi
Jul 24, 2018 • 3 min
You probably wouldn’t want to vacation in Summerland, but is “Summerland” worth reading? Find out what Scott thinks….
11: “The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet” by Becky Chambers
Jul 24, 2018 • 7 min
Antony gives his thoughts on an Incomparable favourite, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers….
10: “The Flowers of Vashnoi” by Lois McMaster Bujold
Jul 19, 2018 • 7 min
A surprise Vorkosigan novella appears!…
9: “The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal
Jul 18, 2018 • 7 min
An alt-history space race with commentary on the science and technology successes and cultural failings of the mid-20th century….
8: “84K” by Claire North
Jul 15, 2018 • 4 min
Scott is stressed out, so he decided to read about a depressing possible future. What could go wrong?…
7: “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel” by Mary Ann Shaffer
Jul 15, 2018 • 3 min
After seeing the Netflix trailer for the movie that is being made from this book, Kathy was intrigued by such a mouthful of a title and had to read it. Would she recommend it? Listen and find out!…
6: “All Systems Red” by Martha Wells
Jul 10, 2018 • 5 min
It won the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novella, and Scott McNulty also recommended it. Jason finally read “All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries)”, only to find that the titular Murderbot is not at all what he expected. And do you want to pay novel…
5: “Night Fall” by Simon R. Green
Jul 7, 2018 • 7 min
Scott has read 26 books to prepare for this book. Was it all worth it?…
4: “The Mountain of Kept Memory” by Rachel Neumeier
Jul 6, 2018 • 3 min
Does Scott think this fantasy book is fantastic?…
3: “When Gravity Fails” by George Alec Effinger
Jul 5, 2018 • 4 min
Antony discusses his re-read of the classic cyberpunk novel “When Gravity Fails” by George Alec Effinger….
2: “The Prodigal Tongue” by Lynne Murphy
Jul 1, 2018 • 4 min
Recording from England, Jason discusses “The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English” by Lynne Murphy….
1: “Revenant Gun” by Yoon Ha Lee
Jun 21, 2018 • 7 min
Scott read a book, and now he wants to talk about it! That book? “Revenant Gun” by Yoon Ha Lee. What does he have to say about it? Listen to the podcast and find out….