Read-along: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart (week 1)

Before I start – I was so so jealous of all the people who received the B-E-A-U-tiful ARC copy of this book last year! I wanted to read it from the first moment I saw that elegant golden wave on its plain dark cover, not knowing anything about the story or the author, but just needing this book. When the Fantasy Hive did an interview with Andrea Stewart I was even more intrigued, so I am massively grateful that this was picked for this year’s Wyrd and Wonder read-along (about which all details can be found here). Just so you … Continue reading Read-along: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart (week 1)

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

  It’s Wyrd and Wonder month! Hurrah hurray! I want magic, I want dragons, I want all the fantastical things I can possibly get! I can’t wait to read about what everyone else is reading and get started on this year’s read-along title: The Bone Shard daughter by Andrea Stewart (join ussssss! It’s never too late). But to get in the mood it seems only fitting to begin with that most noble of beasts, representative of all things Fantasy the world over – the dragon. So I decided it was time to catch up with Laurence and Temeraire… After all … Continue reading Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

The Survival of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

A fascinating continuation of the story begun in The Murders of Molly Southbourne that answered some of the questions I was left with at the end of the first book, but also posed some new ones. DO NOT pass the next full stop if you haven’t read Murders because any discussion of The Survival of Molly Southbourne will absolutely spoil the end of that first book. … Are you still with me? Then let’s talk about Molly.   The Molly who narrates this time round is the duplicate that Molly Prime created and told her story to at the end … Continue reading The Survival of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette de Bodard

The space station the Citadel of Weeping Pearls disappeared thirty years ago when the Empress Mi Hiep attempted to destroy both it and her rebellious eldest daughter and heir within. Now, facing invasion from the Nam Federation, (who have learnt how to hijack the Empress’ mindships, which have been her primary advantage up to now), Mi Hiep wants more than ever to find Bright Princess Ngoc Minh and the weapons she developed. In another corner of the story, engineer Diem Huong lost her mother when the Citadel disappeared. Feeling that her mother abandoned her she is working on a time … Continue reading The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette de Bodard

Lady Mechanika: The Lost Boys of West Abbey by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Peter Steigerwald

Considering this is a fairly short and straightforward episode in the continuing Lady Mechanika series I had a ton of fun with it. We’re back in Mechanika City and Nika, Mr Lewis and the wonderful Winifred (who I was chuffed to see back and now consider a fixture) are investigating the deaths of a number of street children. We are also introduced to the rather delectable Inspector Singh and while (thankfully) there’s no suggestions of romance between him and Nika, they do look awfully pretty together on the page *sigh*. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to say much about this very slim … Continue reading Lady Mechanika: The Lost Boys of West Abbey by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Peter Steigerwald

The Last Emperox by John Scalzi

  WARNING: SPOILERS! Well, I cried at the end, so there goes my argument that this wasn’t a particularly feely story. Before I get going, a quick nod to Scalzi for some of the awesome ship names. A few of my especial favourites being the Tell Me Another One, the Yes Sir, That’s My Baby and the No, Sir, I Don’t Mean Maybe, the The Princess is in Another Castle and the That’s Just Your Opinion, Sir. Nearly every time a new ship was introduced I enjoyed a little chuckle over its name. Anyhow, moving on … This was a … Continue reading The Last Emperox by John Scalzi

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS My only half-hearted complaint about The Collapsing Empire was that I didn’t feel the reader was given time to become emotionally attached to anyone as the story zipped along, and yet here I am at the end of the second book caring plenty about what has happened to Cardenia and Kiva, and about what their ultimate fates are likely to be. So it seems, whether I noticed it or not, that Scalzi gave me enough in that first book to form a connection with these two awesome ladies at least. Whether it’s because of this increased feeling … Continue reading The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Humanity has moved out into the universe, lost Earth and formed the Interdependency. We now live mostly on space habitats and lifeless planets, scattered across space and joined only by the Flow – the bit of science that allows space travel to happen in weeks and months instead of decades and centuries. The theory behind the Interdependency is that all pockets of humanity survive by relying upon one another, and so various guilds hold monopolies on different products like, say, citrus fruits, a particular breed of animal and all its associated products, or weapons manufacture, just to give three examples … Continue reading The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

SPOILER WARNING: While I have tried to keep SPOILERS to a minimum for book one of this series, The Diviners, some spoilery-ness has been unavoidable. Tread carefully.   At the end of The Diviners, in a typical Evie move, our pretty Miss O’Neil announced to the newspapers that she was a Diviner able to ‘read’ objects belonging to other people. In this second installment of Bray’s series, Evie now takes a backseat so that we can become better acquainted with some of the other characters who have displayed unusual powers and abilities – some of which are a lot less … Continue reading Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones

A curse bound with three Powers. Three young siblings. Three Gifts. Three types of magic. Three groups of people unable to see what they have in common. As in all of the books of hers that I’ve read Diana Wynne Jones’ plays with multiple story threads in her standalone novel Power of Three, only pulling them all together to show the pattern at the very end. It’s a trick she pulls off beautifully every time and one of the things that brings me back to her books again and again. Three peoples live on the Moors: the Lymen, the Dorig … Continue reading Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones