Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 5)

This is the end, people *sniffle*. And it really looked like it might be the end of everything for a minute there … but I’m getting ahead of myself. Thank goodness for prompts, that’s all I can say, because without this week’s prompts, as posed by the most laudable Lisa of Dear Geek Place, I’d just be a gibbering wreck. So, before we go on, the usual warning: there will be SPOILERS. Only this week those spoilers are about the absolute end of the whole series. The things that get talked about this week do not get undone or prove … Continue reading Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 5)

Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 4)

We’re moving inexorably towards the grand finale and this week the tension has ratcheted all the way up to eleven. Coherence is going to be difficult, even with this week’s prompts from the incredible imyril of There’s Always Room for One More to help me along. I shouldn’t have to say it anymore, but there will be massive, painful, heart-breaking SPOILERS from the start …   Week 4 – Chapters 31 to 42 inclusive   Take a seat. Make yourself comfortable. Now, in your own time – how are you feeling after this week’s developments? … … um … I … Continue reading Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 4)

Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 3)

Wow, there’s been some serious adventuring done this week! Vintage has been in her element, Tor has contracted the gathering information bug, and Noon has just undergone the worst session of hypnotherapy ever. Let’s talk about it all, right now!! This week’s prompts have been posed by the inimitable imyril of There’s Always Room for One More and I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: SPOILERS all the way.   Week 3 – Chapters 20 to 30 inclusive Tyranny goes full Bond villain this week. Do you think that’s the last we’ll see of her? Can there be … Continue reading Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 3)

Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 2)

  It’s the final volume of the trilogy, and yet things continue to get more and more complicated. Get ready for more new characters, more surprises and more feelings in this week’s garbled and emotionally-driven responses to the prompts posed by the most marvellous Lisa of Dear Geek Place … and if you don’t already know the deal: Warning – SPOILERS all the way!   Week 2 – Chapters 10 to 20 inclusive Noon meets ‘She Who Laughs’, after a rather unexpected departure in the middle of a battle… What’s your take on this strange ‘goddess’ and the lore drop … Continue reading Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 2)

Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 1)

Hurrah, Hurray! It’s here! The read-along for the final volume of Jen Williams’ Winnowing Flame trilogy, and oh my goodness, I’m excited! I’m hoping for answers and maybe a happy ending or two, but this is Williams we’re talking about, so who knows what we’re going to get! Let’s do this thing! This first week’s questions were posed by the most excellent imyril of There’s Always Room for One More, and, as in previous read-along posts, please beware of SPOILERS from here on out.   Week 1 – Beginning to end of Chapter 9 Enter Agent Chenlo. What are your … Continue reading Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 1)

Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente

Man, I hope Valente enjoyed writing this as much as I enjoyed reading it. I loved every manic, over-complicated, absurd sentence; every ludicrously adorable/terrifying/incomprehensible (delete as appropriate) alien species; every pun, gag, metaphor, reference and made up word. In this sparkly, rainbow-coloured meditation on humanity’s possible sentience Valente salutes Douglas Adams, tips a wink to Sir Terry Pratchett and blows David Bowie a kiss as she steams on by. It is an unapologetically glorious, over-the-top extravaganza. Briefly (for anyone who’s had their head buried even deeper in their own personal imagination cloud than me and hasn’t heard about Space Opera … Continue reading Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

Last year I read and loved Lanagan’s short story “Crow and Caper, Caper and Crow” in a very satisfying collection by various authors that I wrote about here. I picked up a copy of The Brides of Rollrock Island shortly afterwards from the library and the book has bounced between my work locker and library-book spot at home ever since. What can I say? Sometimes I just don’t want to share. Anyway, last weekend I buried myself in a blanket and read it from cover to cover, and it was well worth the wait. My husband Thumbs, his brother, my … Continue reading The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

Ahhhhh, this was fabulous. I don’t imagine there are many people out there who haven’t heard of the Lady Trent books by now, but in case you’re one of them they are a pentalogy set in a Victorian-esque alternate world in which dragons exist in abundance. The series is written in the style of the memoirs of one Isabella Camherst, Lady Trent, a woman who defies social expectations to become a renowned dragon naturalist. And they’re shaping up to be my favourite books this year. And in a couple of days’ time Marie Brennan’s Turning Darkness into Light is going … Continue reading A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky

This was deeply satisfying read. It’s a flintlock fantasy that I first heard about from Karina of Karina Reads and that appeared on Dragons and Zombies’ list of Flintlock Fantasy recommendations. I first started reading it last year, then put it to one side for something else (so fickle!) before starting it again this year and binge reading it in a couple of days. But you don’t really need to know any of that … What you do need to know is that this is absolutely worth picking up. It’s got great characters, an involved and engaging plot and great … Continue reading Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is one of those super-smart authors I’d previously figured wasn’t writing for someone like me. I’ll happily admit that sometimes the science-y bits of scifi can bounce off me because I’m not bright that way – if it can’t be demonstrated to me with some cardboard and a roll of sticky tape then I’m probably not going to get it – and one of my favourite things about reading scifi is finding authors who can explain things in a way that I do understand. So I wouldn’t have given KSR a go if it hadn’t been for … Continue reading 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson