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Joined February 2016

I write about space science/tech and books at the LA Times, Syfy Wire, Engadget, and more. Twitter/IG: @skrishna
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Star Wars Queen's Shadow | Emily Kate Johnston
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E.K. Johnston‘s QUEEN‘S SHADOW is set between Star Wars episodes 1 and 2 and is about Padmé's transition from queen of Naboo to senator. Johnston gets inside Padmé‘s head so incredibly well, telling a fascinating story of a group of girls who dared to change an entire galaxy. I can‘t say enough about how incredible of a read it is. You can pre-order QUEEN‘S SHADOW now, as it will be on shelves in March.

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Here to Stay | Sara Farizan
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HERE TO STAY features high school student Bijan, who becomes an overnight basketball star for his school team. But with that increased attention also comes resentment, and for a kid that looks like Bijan, it means terrible racism. But don‘t let that make you think this book is heavy or difficult. Farizan tells a charming and funny story in this novel, making it clear that Bijan is just a teenager trying to make his way in the world.

rachelsbrittain I loved this one 6mo
skrishna @rachelsbrittain I wish it had been more widely read when it came out!! I didn't hear much about it. 6mo
rachelsbrittain @skrishna I agree-- it really didn't get the hype it deserved 6mo
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Vessel: A Novel | Lisa A. Nichols
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The book isn‘t out until May, but I want y‘all to keep an eye out for it because I really enjoyed it. It‘s about a presumed-dead astronaut who returns to Earth with no memory of her mission or why she‘s the only survivor. It mixes issues of gender expectations, balancing ambition and family, the ethics of space exploration, and more with a tense, gripping storyline.

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Under My Skin | Lisa Unger
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My first book of 2019 was UNDER MY SKIN by Lisa Unger, who is a reliable go-to author for me, and I have a feeling her psychological thriller wouldn‘t disappoint, where so many in this genre have just not been as good as I wanted them to be recently. Happily, I really enjoyed getting lost in this novel and its twists and turns; I think how much I enjoyed it sets a good tone for my reading in this new year!

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The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
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Giving away this stack of books to promote the podcast I co-host, Desi Geek Girls -- head over to the Twitter account for instructions on entering! https://www.twitter.com/desigeekgirls

Kallik93 Eeeeee I want to read Hazel Wood!!! 1y
BlackcladBibliothecary The Witch Boy is SO GOOD! 1y
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Gunpowder Moon | David Pedreira
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If you loved The Martian, then add this thriller to your list. It‘s got a similar science/tech approach, and the pacing is great. I didn‘t love the way the (sole) female character was written (capable, but constant comments on her smooth skin and she bit her lip all the time). If you can get past that, though, give it a look.

MrBook Added! 1y
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This graphic novel is about a prince who's supposed to be focused on getting married but secretly enjoys wearing dresses. It's sweet, with gorgeous art, and it made me cry. Highly recommended!

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Today is the book release for this wonderful novel, and I profiled Samira Ahmed over at Bustle! https://www.bustle.com/p/how-star-wars-inspired-love-hate-other-filters-author-s...

theshrinkette Love this! 1y
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The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
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This gorgeous novel was one of my most anticipated of 2018, and it didn't disappoint. I loved Clayton's worldbuilding, and though it took a little while for the plot to become clear, the immersive details held my attention beautifully.

MeganAnn Stacked! This sounds amazing and I 💖💖💖 the cover! 1y
BethFishReads Maybe this week 1y
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I really loved the first book in this series, The Dry, so I was thrilled to find that the follow up was just as good. I did wish that it spent more time in the present than in flashbacks, but I was riveted every step of the way.

ReadingEnvy Oh cool! I just read the first one. 2y
Nikki15 Looking forward to this!! 2y
readsusieread I haven't read The Dry yet but this sounds SO amazing! 2y
MallenNC The Dry was definitely a favorite for me last year. Glad to hear this one is also good. 2y
melbeautyandbooks Can‘t wait for this one! 2y
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Origin | Dan Brown
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I love noted symbologist and Harvard professor Robert Langdon and I won't apologize for it.

OSChamberlain There‘s nothing to apologize for 🖤 Langdon is the man! 2y
MoniqueReads305 I love the Robert Langdon series 2y
Stacey1 Nothing stands up to the DaVinci Code for me, but I thought it as pretty good 1y
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The City of Brass | S. A. Chakraborty
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This fantasy novel, which is inspired by Middle Eastern and Islamic myths and legends, is incredible. I couldn't put it down and can't wait for more in this trilogy.

Laalaleighh Oooh stacking. 📚 2y
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The Salt Line | Holly Goddard Jones
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vivastory Great article. Most of these are on my TBR. 2y
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I am so excited to read this tonight.

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Star Wars, Volume 1 | Jason Aaron
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Hell yes she is.

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Yep.

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My Sunday reading -- what are you reading today?

PandaPanda I just got this one in the mail! So excited 2y
Citymouse I loved this one so much! So glad it's on the NBA longlist. 2y
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It's hard to exaggerate just how great this book is. If a teenage Leia coming of age story that has her getting involved with the Rebellion sounds like your jam, you will love this book as much as I did.

sammisho yes please! 2y
awishman Agreed. It was the Leia book I've wanted forever. 2y
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I recommend sci fi and fantasy books that released in August! (WARBRINGER is excellent.) http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/still-time-for-more-summer-reading-with-our-august-...

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The Library of Fates | Aditi Khorana
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I really enjoyed this fantasy novel, starring a young princess named Amrita. I interviewed Aditi for Syfy Wire! http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/aditi-khorana-on-privilege-and-feminism-in-the-libr...

DrJAdMerricksson I cannot wait to read this! 2y
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It would be hard to exaggerate just how good Jemisin's latest fantasy trilogy is. It's one of the best series I've ever read, period.

Bklover I have been holding out reading the second one so I wouldn't have so long to wait until the third one! 2y
Marchpane So excited for this!! 2y
aeeklund I am so incredibly, insanely jealous. 2y
readordierachel I cannot wait for this book to come out!!! 2y
MayginReads It needs to come out now! I can't wait any longer! 2y
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Artemis | Andy Weir
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HELLLOOOOOOO THERE.

PetuniaCraftyKneecaps You lucky duck!!! I wish I could read that right now! 2y
DimeryRene Hsisysbskmshdishsuuahsi ** excited noises 2y
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The Bloodprint | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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DAT TAGLINE

Laalaleighh 🙌🏼 Stacking. 📚 2y
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The Library of Fates | Aditi Khorana
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I love this dedication.

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Want | Cindy Pon
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I wrote about near-future sci-fi to read over at the LA Times! http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-sci-fi-roundup-20170623-htmlsto...

theshrinkette Nice! 2y
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Heroine Worship | Sarah Kuhn
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Loved this first in this series, and I loved this one as well. Kick ass Asian American lady superheroes FTW!

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Unblemished | Sara Ella
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I enjoyed the first half of this YA fantasy, but the world building and mythology got way too complicated. By the end of the book, I had no idea what was going on because I couldn't keep track.

TrishB But what a cover! 2y
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Remember that alien conspiracy book written by the lead singer of Blink 182? I read it so you don't have to. https://www.bustle.com/p/blink-182s-tom-delonge-wrote-alien-conspiracy-theory-bo...

RealBooks4ever 🤣🤣🤣Thank you for doing that!! 2y
TieDyeDude I am interested in his fiction, specifically Poet Anderson, but he just sounds crazy bonkers. How can you just claim a "growing body of evidence" and not provide any? 2y
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The Ship | Antonia Honeywell
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Excited to be reviewing sci fi for the LA Times! My first review is for THE SHIP by Antonia Honeywell. http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-the-ship-honeywell-20170413-sto...

LauraBrook Wow, that's amazing! Congratulations! 2y
bookishbunny OMG! Congrats! 2y
Kelly 😍 2y
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diovival Congratulations! 🎉 2y
balletbookworm 🎉🎉🎉🎉 congrats!! 2y
MicheleinPhilly 😮 That is spectacular! Congrats! 2y
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This book was very much on my wheelhouse (modern day Gothic ghost story) and I can't tell if it was my mood or the book, but I couldn't quite get into it. (Honestly though, I think it was the book.)

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Marlena | Julie Buntin
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I think it was the high expectations that did this one in for me. I certainly liked it--Buntin's an excellent writer and her characters are provocative--but I went in expecting to love it, given the hype. It just didn't suck me in like I'd hoped. Oh well!

Kenny All of Book Twitter is crying. 2y
Yanes Sometimes it is like that... you read a book because of the hype and when you recognise that's not what you expected you feel so disappointed... that's how I feel... what I want to say is I can relate to you ☺ 2y
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If you're a Jyn Erso fan, this book is a must read. I absolutely loved it--it broke my heart.

tysephine AAAHHHHH I need it 2y
annkuch13 😍😍😍 2y
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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My first for Read It Forward! Check out these books while you're waiting for the INTO THE WATER. http://www.readitforward.com/bookshelf/14-books-to-read-while-you-wait-for-the-n...

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Thrawn | Timothy Zahn
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No spoilers but.

I loved it.

NovelGirl82 Can't wait!! 2y
kdono89 Would you suggest being caught up on Rebels before reading this? 2y
skrishna @kdono89 I don't think that's necessary!! This takes place before Rebels. 2y
kdono89 Thanks! I can't wait to read it! 2y
Asongofcatsandbooks I'm waiting on my copy to get here. Only a few more days 😩 2y
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I need all of you to know that the lead singer of Blink 182 cowrote a conspiracy theory book that has a grand unifying theory of UFOs and I bought it and am going to review it.

Laalaleighh Um yes please. 2y
Suet624 😀😀😀❤ 2y
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Shattered Warrior | Sharon Shinn
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I love Molly Ostertag, so I expected to like this sci-fi graphic novel. I didn't expect to LOVE it. Amazing characters, vivid colors, with a brutal story that still leaves room for hope. Highly, highly recommended.

RealBooks4ever Sounds really good! 😺 2y
GemintheRough Oooh the cover art looks really familiar... 2y
Angieville Can't wait to read this one! 2y
hollybally Ooh, I can't wait either! 2y
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WOW.

zsuzsanna_reads I have two dogs. The stuff is definitely NOT fertiliser. 😂 2y
RachelO Eew. 2y
unabridgedchick Eewwww!!! 2y
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skrishna Right??? This book is disgusting but fascinating. 2y
Suet624 Wow. That's fascinating. And not surprising once you hear it said. 2y
Cobscook Dog waste is a real problem in coastal waterways too. It sometimes causes shellfish beds to be closed to harvest. 2y
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The title says it all: It's not a book I would recommend to someone who has read a few books about astrophysics, but it's a good introduction to the concepts. And it's short!

saresmoore Sounds good to me! 2y
goodbyefrancie We will see him in May and get copies of his book shortly before we go on vacation. Pretty exciting for a couple of nerds. 2y
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I can't resist reading outside today.

Puredragonstar That looks amazingly cozy!!!! 2y
mahasoor It is such a nice day today, I wish it was like this all the time. I read outside this morning while I had my coffee and it was A+ perfect. Enjoy your day!! 2y
Reviewsbylola Omg I want your outdoor sofa! 2y
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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Weekend reading!! Anything you want to know about?? (I'll get around to my thoughts on them eventually.)

magictoyshop Is that the same Lilly Singh of Superwoman fame? No idea she wrote a book! 2y
skrishna @magictoyshop Yeah! It comes out at the end of March, it's about her success and overcoming obstacles. 2y
skrishna (And it's really good.) 2y
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magictoyshop @skrishna ooooh! I liked her earlier videos. will keep a lookout for this. thanks!! 2y
JPrecht Waking Gods!!! Oh my goodness, I'm waiting so impatiently for that one!!! 2y
skrishna @JPrecht I KNOW. I really liked this one. 2y
Misanthropester I love this pic! Great mix of digital & print 2y
skrishna Thank you! Mixing in the digital is always a challenge. 2y
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This might be my favorite dedication ever.

ReadingSusan Love it! 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto This is good. 😍 2y
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Mae | Gene Ha
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Yep, it is crazy.

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Dreadnought | April Daniels
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This book is half superhero story, half trans coming of age story, and full awesome.

Bibliogeekery Excited to read this one! #transbooks 2y
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Lost Book of the Grail | Charlie Lovett
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I really loved the premise of this but had to bail 50 pages in because the main character was so insufferable. I half expect him to say, "Well, actually" at some point over the course of the novel.

CatLadyBibliophile Oh god that's the worst 😭 2y
Tnovo But the cover is so pretty!! Sorry it was a disappointment 😝 2y
RealBooks4ever Aw, I'm sorry. Just think: the next one HAS to be better! 😄 2y
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BethFishReads Noooooo I just got this and had high hopes 2y
Matilda 😂 2y
LovettReads I felt the same way for a while, but I found the character development to be a really lovely slow burn. (edited) 2y
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This graphic memoir focuses on one worker's experience cleaning up Japan's Fukushima power plant from 2012-2014. It is absolutely fascinating--even when it feels like a mundane workplace memoir, something in the narrative reminds you that it's anything but. I loved it.

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Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy | Chynna Clugston-Flores
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I thought this crossover was adorable and fun, but a caveat: I was surprised it didn't really introduce either the Lumberjanes or the Gotham Academy kids. As a result, it's best for fans of both, rather than an introduction to one if you like the other. Still, it's a lot of fun!

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The Wanderers | Meg Howrey
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I really loved this book, about a group of astronauts on a simulated Mars mission (before the real thing). It examines them, as well as the families they left behind. It's emotional, and though the ending is ambiguous, I feel like it worked for the book.

balletbookworm We just got a galley in at the store (which I promptly stole 😜😜) 2y
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Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets | Charles Wohlforth, Amanda R Hendrix
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I found this book genuinely bizarre. It's about the challenges and possibilities in colonizing our solar system, and it was brilliant in that respect. It had a great tone, and the information was presented in an incredibly engaging and accessible way. The other part of the book though, was a fake history of a future Earth--and that was strange and didn't work at all. My verdict: read the "present" parts, skip the "future."

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The Wanderers | Meg Howrey
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I'm cohosting a new podcast with Preeti Chhibber on geek pop culture (and some Bollywood thrown in for good measure)! I picked THE WANDERERS by Meg Howrey as my current obsession (group of astronauts simulate a Mars mission.) https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/desi-geek-girls/id1207850264?mt=2

LindsayReads Yayayay! I can't wait to listen! 2y
Keyoung I've missed the Oh, Comics! podcast SO MUCH. Soooo looking forward to listening to this! 2y
annkuch13 🎉🎉🎉 2y
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