Review Index

Comics | Science Fiction and Fantasy
Astronomy and Space | Biography and Memoir | Cartography and Maps | Geography | Health | History | Miscellaneous | Music | Paleontology | Reptiles and Amphibians | Trains | Travel



Breathed, Berkley. Bloom County: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1: 1980-1982. IDW Publishing, 2009.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Ahmed, Saladin. Throne of the Crescent Moon. DAW, 2012.

Anderson, Poul. The High Crusade. Doubleday, 1960.

Ashby, Madeline. Company Town. Tor, 2016.

Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Alchemist. Audible, 2010.

Barnes, John. One for the Morning Glory. Tor, 1996.

Beukes, Lauren. Zoo City. Angry Robot, 2010.

Brennan, Marie. A Natural History of Dragons. Tor, 2013.

Bobet, Leah. Above. Arthur A. Levine, 2012.

Boyczuk, Robert. The Book of Thomas. ChiZine, 2012.

Buckell, Tobias S. The Executioness. Audible, 2010.

———. Arctic Rising. Tor, 2012.

Church, Suzanne. Elements. Edge, 2014.

Corey, James S. A. Leviathan Wakes. Orbit, 2011.

———. Caliban’s War. Orbit, 2012.

De Bodard, Aliette. Servant of the Underworld. Angry Robot, 2010.

———. Harbinger of the Storm. Angry Robot, 2011.

———. Master of the House of Darts. Angry Robot, 2012.

———. The House of Shattered Wings. Gollancz/Roc, 2015.

———. The House of Binding Thorns. Ace/Gollancz, 2017.

Dellamonica, A. M. Child of a Hidden Sea. Tor, 2014.

Domingue, Ronlyn. The Mapmaker’s War. Atria Books, 2013.

Dozois, Gardner. When the Great Days Come. Prime, 2011.

Duncan, Andy. The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories. PS Publishing, 2012.

Fox, Rose and Daniel José Older, eds. Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. Crossed Genres, 2014.

Grant, Mira. Feed. Orbit, 2010.

———. Deadline. Orbit, 2011.

———. Blackout. Orbit, 2012.

Gunn, Eileen. Questionable Practices. Small Beer, 2014.

Haldeman, Joe. Marsbound. Ace, 2008.

Hopkinson, Nalo. Falling in Love with Hominids. Tachyon, 2015.

Hurley, Kameron. The Stars Are Legion. Angry Robot/Saga Press, 2017.

Jemisin, N. K. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Orbit, 2010.

Johnson, Kij. At the Mouth of the River of Bees. Small Beer, 2012.

Johnson, Matthew. Fall from Earth. Bundoran, 2009.

———. Irregular Verbs and Other Stories. ChiZine, 2014.

Klima, John, Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, eds. Glitter and Mayhem. Apex, 2013.

Kowal, Mary Robinette. Glamour and Glass. Tor, 2012.

———. Without a Summer. Tor, 2013.

———. Ghost Talkers. Tor, 2016.

Liu, Ken, ed. Invisible Planets. Tor, 2016.

Lord, Karen. The Best of All Possible Worlds. Del Rey/Jo Fletcher, 2013.

Mastai, Elan. All Our Wrong Todays. Doubleday Canada/Michael Joseph/Penguin, 2017.

McDonald, Ian. The Dervish House. Pyr, 2010.

———. Planesrunner. Pyr, 2011.

———. Be My Enemy. Pyr, 2012.

Miéville, China. Embassytown. Del Rey/Macmillan, 2011.

Owen, James A. Here, There Be Dragons. Simon and Schuster, 2006.

Ozeki, Ruth. A Tale for the Time Being. Viking, 2013.

Palmer, Ada. Too Like the Lightning. Tor, 2016.

Panshin, Alexei. Rite of Passage. Ace, 1968.

Priest, Christopher. The Islanders. Gollancz, 2011.

Robinson, Kim Stanley. 2312. Orbit, 2012.

Samatar, Sofia. The Winged Histories. Small Beer, 2016.

Savory, Brett. A Perfect Machine. Angry Robot, 2017.

Sawyer, Robert J. Triggers. Ace/Viking, 2012.

———. Red Planet Blues. Ace/Viking, 2013.

———. Quantum Night. Ace/Viking, 2016.

Scalzi, John. Zoe’s Tale. Tor, 2009.

———. Fuzzy Nation. Tor, 2011.

———. Redshirts. Tor, 2012.

———. The Human Division. Tor, 2013.

———. Miniatures. Subterranean, 2016.

Schroeder, Karl. Lockstep. Tor, 2014.

Slonczewski, Joan. A Door into Ocean. Arbor House, 1986.

St. John Mandel, Emily. Station Eleven. Knopf/Picador, 2014.

Sterling, Bruce. Pirate Utopia. Tachyon, 2016.

Strahan, Jonathan, ed. Engineering Infinity. Solaris, 2010.

Swanwick, Michael. Dancing with Bears. Night Shade, 2011.

———. Not So Much, Said the Cat. Tachyon, 2016.

Swithin, Antony. Princes of Sandastre. Fontana, 1990.

Valente, Catherynne M. Deathless. Tor, 2011.

———. Radiance. Tor, 2015.

Waldrop, Howard. Horse of a Different Color. Small Beer, 2013.

Walton, Jo. Lifelode. NESFA Press, 2009.

———. Among Others. Tor, 2011.

———. My Real Children. Tor, 2014.

———. The Just City. Tor, 2015.

———. The Philosopher Kings. Tor, 2015.

———. Necessity. Tor, 2016.

Watts, Peter. Beyond the Rift. Tachyon, 2013.

———. Echopraxia. Tor, 2014.

Weir, Andy. The Martian. 2011. Crown, 2014.


Astronomy and Space

Dupont-Bloch, Nicolas. Shoot the Moon. Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Ferris, Timothy. Seeing in the Dark. Simon and Schuster, 2002.

Gallentine, Jay. Ambassadors from Earth: Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft. University of Nebraska Press, 2009.

Schenk, Paul. Atlas of the Galilean Satellites. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Sinnott, Roger W. Sky and Telescope’s Pocket Sky Atlas. Sky Publishing, 2006.

Sobel, Dava. The Glass Universe. Viking, 2016.

Tirion, Wil. Cambridge Star Atlas. 3rd ed. Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Ward, Peter W. and Donald Brownlee. The Life and Death of Planet Earth. Times Books, 2003.

Biography and Memoir

Butcher, William. Jules Verne: The Definitive Biography. Thunder’s Mouth, 2006.

Greene, Harry W. Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art. University of California Press, 2013.

Isaacson, Walter. Steve Jobs. Simon and Schuster, 2011.

James, Jamie. The Snake Charmer. Hachette, 2008.

Monmonier, Mark. Adventures in Academic Cartography. Bar Scale Press, 2014.

Morris, Edmund. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.  Putnam, 1979.

———. Theodore Rex. Random House, 2001.

———. Colonel Roosevelt. Random House, 2010.

Offutt, Chris. My Father, the Pornographer. Atria, 2016.

Swafford, Jan. Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.

Cartography and Maps

Berry, Jill K. Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking. North Light Books, 2011.

Blanding, Michael. The Map Thief. Gotham, 2014.

Brotton, Jerry. A History of the World in Twelve Maps. Allen Lane, 2012.

Canada Back Road Atlas. MapArt, 2007.

Edwards, Melissa. The Geist Atlas of Canada: Meat Maps and Other Strange Cartographies. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2006.

Ekman, Stefan. Here Be Dragons: Exploring Fantasy Maps and Settings. Wesleyan University Press, 2013.

Garfield, Simon. On the Map. Gotham, 2013.

Hall, Debbie, ed. Treasures from the Map Room. The Bodleian Library, 2016.

Harzinski, Kris. From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association. Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.

Hayes, Derek. Historical Atlas of Washington and Oregon. University of California Press, 2011.

Hewitt, Rachel. Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey. Granta, 2010.

Jennings, Ken. Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks. Simon and Schuster, 2011.

Kashuba, Melinda. Walking with Your Ancestors: A Genealogist’s Guide to Using Maps and Geography. Family Tree Books, 2005.

Krygier, John and Denis Wood. Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS. Guilford Press, 2005.

Lester, Toby. The Fourth Part of the World. The Free Press, 2009.

Monmonier, Mark. How to Lie with Maps. 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press, 1996.

———. Rhumb Lines and Map Wars: A Social History of the Mercator Projection. University of Chicago Press, 2004.

———. From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim and Inflame. University of Chicago Press, 2006.

———. Adventures in Academic Cartography. Bar Scale Press, 2014.

The Onion. Our Dumb World: Atlas of the Planet Earth. Little, Brown, 2007.

Ovenden, Mark. Transit Maps of the World. Penguin, 2007.

———. Paris Underground. Penguin, 2009.

Owings, Rich. GPS Mapping: Make Your Own Maps. Ten Mile Press, 2005.

Parker, Mike. Map Addict. Collins, 2009.

Ramm, Frederik, Jochen Topf and Steve Chilton. OpenStreetMap: Using and Enhancing the Free Map of the World. UIT Cambridge, 2010.

Reichle, Natasha, ed. China at the Center. Asian Art Museum, 2016.

Reinhartz, Dennis. The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History of Map Elements and Embellishments. Sterling, 2013.

Sinnott, Roger W. Sky and Telescope’s Pocket Sky Atlas. Sky Publishing, 2006.

Sobel, Dava. Longitude. Walker, 2007.

Solnit, Rebecca. Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas. University of California Press, 2010.

Springer, Nick, ed. Cartographic Design Annual #1. Self-published, 2008.

Tirion, Wil. Cambridge Star Atlas. 3rd ed. Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Trinklein, Michael J. Lost States. Self-published, 2008.

Van Duzer, Chet. Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps. The British Library, 2013.



Zashin, Scott J. with M. Laurette Hessler. Arthritis Without Pain: The Miracle of TNF Blockers. Sarah Allison, 2004.



Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Crown, 2012.

Nielsen Hayden, Teresa. Making Book. NESFA Press, 1994.


Swafford, Jan. Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.


Switek, Brian. Written in Stone. Bellevue Literary Press, 2010.

———. My Beloved Brontosaurus. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.

Pickrell, John. Weird Dinosaurs. Columbia University Press, 2017.

Tattersall, Ian. Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins. St. Martin’s Press, 2012.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Flank, Lenny Jr. Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Venomous Snakes. Red and Black, 2008.

Gibbons, Whit and Mike Dorcas. Snakes of the Southeast. Rev. ed. University of Georgia Press, 2015.

Greene, Harry W. Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art. University of California Press, 2013.

James, Jamie. The Snake Charmer. Hachette, 2008.

Montgomery, Sy. The Snake Scientist. Houghton Mifflin, 1999.


Posey, Sam. Playing with Trains: A Passion Beyond Scale. Random House, 2004.


Bonnet, Alastair. Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.

Foer, Joshua, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton. Atlas Obscura. Workman, 2016.

Le Carrer, Olivier. Atlas of Cursed Places. Black Dog & Leventhal, 2015.

Thompson, Chuck. Smile When You’re Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer. Holt, 2007.