Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell

A copy of this book was very kindly provided me by the publisher. I can’t promise that this didn’t affect 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. The twenty stories in Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell are all fabulously odd. It’s a deceptively quick book to skip through and each story reads a little like a thought experiment – a place for the imagination to leap off from. They aren’t really the kind of stories that can be explained, … Continue reading Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell

Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman & Maria Dahvana Headley

Yet again I haven’t quite read what I planned during Wyrd and Wonder month. In part, this is down to these being extraordinary times and my reading moods not being as predictable as they would normally be. Still, we roll with the punches, eh?   An interesting volume of sixteen short stories, the earliest first published back in 1885 and the most recent in 2013, Unnatural Creatures has been lurking next to the bed for the last two months as my antidote to not being able to get to sleep. Every time I’ve found myself unable to get comfortable or … Continue reading Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman & Maria Dahvana Headley

The Airs of Earth by Brian Aldiss

I am getting a bit of a kick out of reading short stories right now, so here’s another collection I explored for Vintage SciFi Month. I’ve found that reading a selection of stories by one author gives me a nice dip-in introduction to their style and range. As a result of reading Delany’s Driftglass a couple of weeks ago I now want to read everything else he’s written (I’m going to qualify that, being as I’ve been reading up on him: everything else he’s written within the SFF genre; not sure I’d care too much for the erotic stuff he … Continue reading The Airs of Earth by Brian Aldiss

Driftglass by Samuel R Delany

It’s that time of year again … it’s Vintage SciFi Month! (And a Happy New Year to you all, of course!) The brainchild of the Little Red Reviewer, Andrea, you can find out more about this not-a-challenge here, but in brief, January is the month to read any scifi written before you were born. And I’m kicking off with Delany.   I’ve been meaning to read Delany for about ten years now. He’s one of those names that crops up again and again when people are discussing the early really great scifi on which our current really great scifi is … Continue reading Driftglass by Samuel R Delany

Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan

I can’t always decide what to read. I know I’m not alone in this. But sometimes … *takes deep breath* … there’s just so much to choose from and if I pick one book then I’m rejecting a whole heap of others will their feelings be hurt? what will I be missing? what if I die before I get round to reading the one I didn’t choose? and I’m not achieving the numbers I should be and I just can’t quite calm down about the whole thing. I know, I know, First World problems. So when I get all overcome … Continue reading Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan