"If you ask 'Should we be in space?' you ask a nonsense question. We are in space."   -Frank Herbert

ALL SYSTEMS RED, by Martha Wells, A No-Spoiler Review of the first novella in the Murderbot Diaries Series

By Susi Jensen | December 8, 2021 |

A novella. Hey, what’s that? Well…it’s shorter than a novel. And…as with all printed matter, it’s a pleasure to read when it’s entertaining and well written. ALL SYSTEMS RED is a 127 pages story, entertaining and well-written, that one can read in about 4 hours. Rated PG-13 for adult themes. I read this novella on…

Space Sweepers, A No Spoiler Review

By Susi Jensen | November 22, 2021 |

A wonderful story, compelling characters and a science fiction setting that floods me with joy. Plus, it’s free on Netflix. I rate this film PG-13 for some violence, but it’s a bit like “Star Wars” type violence. Not a lot of blood, but definitely carnage. Not that this story only bleeds happiness…it doesn’t. There is…

DUNE Part 1, The film. A No-Spoiler Review

By Susi Jensen | November 16, 2021 |

DUNE, the 2021 film is a true hit and a must-see large screen theater event. It drew millions across the globe to the theater. I was among those who saw it and loved it. I saw it a second time within a week and the film was still breathtaking, and I’ll see it again though…

ONE SECOND AFTER, A No-Spoiler Review of the Novel, by William R. Forstchen

By Susi Jensen | October 23, 2021 |

My son handed me this paperback during the pandemic. Here, Mom. I think you’d like this book. I read at night before bed. This book gave me nightmares. And…I did like this novel, mostly. Here are 5 Reason I recommend ONE SECOND AFTER Decent story-telling and an interesting unique setting A thoughtful and action-oriented main…

SQUID GAME, A Review without Spoilers

By Susi Jensen | October 8, 2021 |

Netflix has done it again. It has found another international gem, this one created by South Korean writer/director, Hwang Dong-hyuk. I had barely heard of SQUID GAME until about a week ago, but now the buzz is everywhere. If you’re like me, you’re wondering…Why all the hype about this Korean dystopian series? So, last night,…

FOUNDATION, A No Spoiler Reveiw of the first 2 Episodes

By Susi Jensen | September 27, 2021 |

Science fiction fans were delivered a treat over the weekend. Asimov’s Foundation Series is finally consumable via screen, television streaming to be precise. Writers/Creators, David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, 2005) and Josh Friedman (Terminator: Dark Fate, 2019) have teamed up to attempt what many had believed unthinkable. Why unthinkable? The Foundation Series, which began as…

WIDOWLAND A No Spoiler Review of the Novel

By Susi Jensen | September 1, 2021 |

Five Reasons I recommend  WIDOWLAND, by C.J. Carey Excellent pacing and page-turning tension A female hero who comes into her agency in a believable way Legit world-building of a bleak UK governed by Nazis The writing around the sexual relationships feels vital and true (more on this in the longer review) Given the consistent point…


By Susi Jensen | June 4, 2021 |

Worthy of a trip to the movie theater. I say yes! Here is a really lame photo (yet authentic because it was taken in a dark theater) of our party of 4, my husband and I and two friends, watching our first film in an actual theater since Covid lockdown. A QUIET PLACE II was…

THE HOBBIT, Chapter 1…A Study on Craft

By Susi Jensen | March 8, 2021 |

The following is a post about the craft of storytelling. Posts like this are somewhat unusual for me on my author website. Most of time I am reviewing science fiction for the average consumer, not just for the writer. In this post, I am poking my nose into craft. I don’t want to just taste…

DUNE, Chapter 1…A Study on Craft

By Susi Jensen | March 3, 2021 |

Spoilers below. If you want to read a review of the novel without spoilers, click here. I happen to be in a writing critique group that started up this past week. A couple of the folks in this group are writing novels and sent in first chapters for a swipe at getting critique. So, I…

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