Buddy-reading The Blade Itself with Lynn

The lovely Lynn of Lynn’s Books and I have been buddy-reading again (the best medicine for blogging block I’ve yet found), and we invite you to read our musings, squeaks of surprise and mutterings of foreboding as we tackle the first book in Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy, The Blade Itself.  If you’ve come here first, you will find below the second half of our epic discussion. For the first half please visit Lynn’s blog here. If you’re visiting after having read the first half there, then hello! welcome! and enjoy!   So, to continue where we left off… (and with a massive … Continue reading Buddy-reading The Blade Itself with Lynn

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A J Fitzwater

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper had me at hello. I knew only this when I bought it: that it was about a dapper, lesbian, capybara pirate. It was enough. And I have not been disappointed. In the seven stories that make up Cinrak’s voyages we follow her from young orphan with pirate dreams to Captain of the ship Impolite Fortune and mother to a wonderfully eclectic crew/found-family. She is delightful throughout. A “well-read, clean and handsome pirate”, honest and brave, loving and joyous, she prefers “to dream forwards, not backwards”. And her world is as wonderful as she is … Continue reading The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A J Fitzwater

Buddy Reading A Man Lies Dreaming with the Curious SFF Reader

This has been my favourite buddy read yet with The Curious SFF Reader, Maryam, not because A Man Lies Dreaming was a fun read (as you will see), but because it gave us so much to talk about. I always know I can rely on Maryam for thought-provoking and insightful reviews, and this is even more true when we buddy-read together. So this is where to start with our conversation, then, when you’re done here, head on over to Maryam’s blog for the second half of our discussion. Let’s dive in, shall we? Maryam, you’ve read more of Tidhar’s work. … Continue reading Buddy Reading A Man Lies Dreaming with the Curious SFF Reader

Update 19-09-2021

I’ve whinged enough recently that most of you will know about my current bloggy block, so this is just a quick update on where I’m at with that. As much for my benefit as for yours.   I have bowed out of writing for FanFiAddict for the time being. Whether this is a temporary or permanent self-removal, only time will tell. The FanFiAddict team are the loveliest group of people and are doing some truly exciting things. Unfortunately, I was never able to give them anything like my best. I managed six posts for them in six months and constantly … Continue reading Update 19-09-2021

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

A copy of this book was very kindly provided me by the publisher. I can’t promise that this didn’t influence my feelings about it, but a book is a book is a book, however I acquire it, and I can promise that all opinions are my own.   I wanted so much more from this book. The world in which the story is set was one of the first things I wanted more of. The country of Hwaguk, now known as Administrative Territory Fourteen and undergoing colonization from the Razanei empire, is a place of contradictions and dualities. Most people … Continue reading Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

Lady Mechanika: The Clockwork Assassin by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Beth Sotelo

I have enjoyed each volume of Lady Mechanika so far, but must admit to also being a little disappointed that, after the first two lovely chunky volumes, the following episodes have been shorter and very much monster-of-the-week in content. Mostly my disappointment has been focused on the fact that there didn’t appear to be more than seven volumes published (I went ahead and ordered everything I could find when I finished The Lost Boys of West Abbey), which is definitely not enough space in which to conclude everything that’s been started. I’ve basically been anticipating the disappointment of an incomplete, … Continue reading Lady Mechanika: The Clockwork Assassin by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Beth Sotelo

The House of Styx by Derek Künsken

A copy of this book was very kindly provided me by the publisher. I can’t promise that this didn’t influence my feelings about it, but a book is a book is a book, however I acquire it, and I can promise that all opinions are my own.   Venus. A planet characterised by its thick cloud cover of sulfuric acid, and its dense carbon dioxide atmosphere. It is 2255 and Venus’ Québécois colonists have declared independence, at a high price. Indebted to the Bank of Pallas, these new Venusian citizens have a long way to go before they are out … Continue reading The House of Styx by Derek Künsken

You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce

Something I love most about gothic novels is the framing device used to draw the reader out of reality and into spooksville. Whether it be found documents, letters, diary pages or, as in You Let Me In, a confessional document left with a set of instructions for the beneficiaries of the main character’s will, I love that feeling of sinking into another person’s reality. Cassie’s reality is a dark and fractured thing. A successful romantic novelist in her later years, she is also a notorious local figure, having been on trial for the murder of her husband years before. At … Continue reading You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce

Monstress: Haven by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

I really am just throwing this up on the blog whilst running past – there’s a lot going on IRL right now that’s totally cutting into my bloggy time. As a result I haven’t been able to keep up with blog post reading or commenting either, for which I am truly sorry. I think I’m just going to have make a clean break and start again when this busy spot is done with. The guilt and dread I’m feeling over the ever-increasing stack of unread posts in my saved list isn’t helping right now. I can only apologise once again. … Continue reading Monstress: Haven by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Spirits that Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

I read Spirits that Walk in Shadow for Wyrd and Wonder and then ran out of time to write up my thoughts and post them. And then got distracted. For a whole month. But hey, better late than never, eh? This is the third Chapel Hollow book, a series of books that are only very loosely connected and can easily be read as stand-alone stories. The thread that runs through them is the group of magical families whose customs and practices are mostly kept secret from we ordinary folk. Magic is often used by these families to coerce and enslave, … Continue reading Spirits that Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman