The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

  I love reading about people who can do a thing I find incomprehensible really well. One of the best things about reading is that you get to imagine what it must be like to love something or be good at something that you have no experience of – it makes the world feel wider and more interesting. “There are times when numbers paint pictures in my head.” I can’t do maths. I don’t understand anything more than basic addition, subtraction and multiplication. I still get in a sweat when I have to work out people’s change at work. So … Continue reading The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

There are a lot of books out there that attempt to use Austen’s style and period for their starting point. I’ve read a fair selection in which Austen’s most beloved characters play at being detectives, and I am always just a little disappointed because they don’t quite stay true, they don’t quite sound like themselves. I have now pretty much decided to avoid anything that claims to be the continued adventures of the Darcys, the Wentworths or the Knightleys, (or any of their children) in self-defence, but I still find the Regency period, and Austen-esque stories set on the small … Continue reading Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal