A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

  This was a good solid reading experience. It had some great characters, an incredible world for them to play in and a political shenanigans plot that bounced along at a steady pace without ever being so indecorous as to break into an all-out run. I should be squeee-ing all over the place. But I’m not. And I don’t know why. I enjoyed reading this. I was invested in the characters and events, I laughed out loud at some of the snarkier dialogue, and I had Thoughts as a result of Martine’s exploration of language, colonization and what makes a … Continue reading A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Read-along: Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (Week 3)

  Christie’s playing the Orthean game now and she’s been holding her own so far. But perhaps the planet and its people still have a few surprises left, who knows? Details for this read-along can be found here on imyril’s blog and each week the prompts will be posted on the Goodreads page here.   It’s week three, parts six and seven have been devoured (they were delicious), and now it’s time to ruminate over what it all means and where it’s all going … I don’t have to tell you there are SPOILERS this far in, right? There are. … Continue reading Read-along: Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (Week 3)

Buddy Reading Do You Dream of Terra-Two? with the Curious SFF Reader

Maryam the Curious SFF Reader and I did a buddy-read of Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh earlier this year and had such a lot of fun! Maryam was the perfect person to read this book with. The first half of our resulting conversation can be found over on Maryam’s site here, and that’s definitely where you need to start if you’ve come here first. If you’ve found your way here from there, then hi! and welcome. So, to continue from where we left off, and with a warning that there are SPOILERS ahead …   How did you feel … Continue reading Buddy Reading Do You Dream of Terra-Two? with the Curious SFF Reader

Read-along: Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (Week 2)

  Have I mentioned that I’m enjoying myself immensely reading Golden Witchbreed? No? Prepare yourself for unapologetically enthusiastic gushings. Because, frankly, my husband needs a break. Details for this read-along can be found here on imyril’s blog, and each week the prompts will be posted on the Goodreads page here. It’s week two, we’ve read parts three, four and five, all kinds of crap has gone down, let’s talk!   ***SPOILERS ALL THE WAY***   Last week, Christie gained a nickname. This week, she takes an arykei. Were you surprised by her choice (and who she chose)? …and how did … Continue reading Read-along: Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (Week 2)

Luna: Moon Rising by Ian McDonald

It occurs to me that Luna: New Moon, Luna: Wolf Moon and Luna: Moon Rising are really just one big book chopped into three … Anyway, I’ve talked about the surface stuff going on in Luna in my previous post, now let’s talk about the ideas stuff. This is going to be a bit random. Stick with me:   “This world is a laboratory, where humans experiment in culture and societies and philosophies. New politics, new religions. To the end of creating something that will endure.”   In Wolf Moon it becomes clear that McDonald’s story is about more than a … Continue reading Luna: Moon Rising by Ian McDonald

Luna: New Moon & Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald

  I read the three books that currently comprise McDonald’s Luna series back to back over an intense couple of weeks. I am going to talk here about the first two books New Moon and Wolf Moon because to my mind they form a natural pair, and then I’ll follow up this post with a second one in which I talk about Luna: Moon Rising which is a different beast, about which I have different things to say. Set in the most hostile of environments and peopled with a vicious and ambitious cast, these first two volumes took me completely … Continue reading Luna: New Moon & Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald

Read-along: Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (Week 1)

It’s the SciFi Month read-along, people! And we’re reading a book I had only the barest awareness of previously (double excitement!). Details for this read-along (and a gripping blurb for the novel) can be found here on imyril’s blog and each week the prompts will be posted on the Goodreads page here. It’s week one, so I’ll be talking about parts one and two in this post. Now, come with us to technophobic Orthe, meet Earth’s envoy Lynne de Lisle Christie and watch as two worlds collide!   Apostrophes and italics everywhere! What’s your approach to pronouncing the challenges SFF writers … Continue reading Read-along: Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (Week 1)

Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

I didn’t know going in that this was the sequel to Powers’ 1989 novel The Stress of Her Regard, following a new generation of characters fighting the same evil as in that first story, but I wasn’t at a disadvantage and this book reads fine as a stand-alone. (That said, I obviously have to read the first book now because it would be wrong not to). This was and is a perfect October read. Powers writes a deeply atmospheric tale of artists, poets and vampires, set in a London that you can taste, smell and feel. He takes the unusual … Continue reading Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Take a cup of each of the following: Nancy Drew, the Famous Five and the Usborne Puzzle Adventures; throw in a generous handful of The Goonies, Monster Squad, and some Young Sherlock Holmes if you have it; add a pinch of Scooby-Doo, Where are You? and just a few Lovecraftian tentacles, blend together and pour through a strainer to remove any lingering lumps. Chill for thirteen hours, then serve lavishly dressed with tropes and stage directions. What I’m trying to say is that this was a bundle of fun to read and definitely something I will read again … but … Continue reading Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 6)

It’s the final week of our read-along and Lisa of Dear Geek Place is our host, helping us give shape to our (many) thoughts and (all the) feelings as events draw to a close. Most participants have been providing links to their posts here on the Goodreads page (not me, because I’m a lazy toad, but all the good people I’m reading along with have) if you fancy reading some more coherent thoughts than mine. If you’re still with me, then let’s dive in… …I don’t have to warn you about SPOILERS, right? We’re talking about the end of the … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 6)