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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

I was feeling inspired when the Man Booker shortlist for this year was announced and I noticed that there was a deal to buy them all on the Book People. … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lock In – John Scalzi

I recommend Lock In, both as a near-future science fiction novel, and as an exploration of how society considers disability. It opens with an essay explaining pretty much exactly what … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Deathless – Catherynne M. Valente

Deathless is a fantastical retelling of some Russian folk tales against the backdrop of early Soviet Russia. I think I would really have benefited from knowing a few Russian folk … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Language of Flowers is definitely light holiday reading, even with the slightly gritty start. Victoria has a stereotypical lucky break, and muddles her way to success. I did like … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Room – Emma Donoghue

I’ll start this by saying that, although it is worth reading either way, I think Room would have benefited from my being less aware of the plot, even to the … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Song of Ice and Fire – George R. R. Martin (up to end A Dance with Dragons)

ASoIaF is brilliant, fantastical, intricate, epic. But can someone give the man an editor! Every book is getting more long-winded, and I’m struggling to imagine how he’s ever going to … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Magic Toyshop – Angela Carter

I picked this up from my bookshelf because its been in the to-read pile for far too long. Its interesting, less fantastical and more of a family relationships story than … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Maintenance of Headway – Magnus Mills

The Mainenance of Headway is possibly the only novel ever written about the intricacies of the timing of buses. Its a nice light read, examining how the interaction between drivers … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

101st Post!

I should have done this on my last post, but it seems worthy of note that I’ve rambled my way into triple figures! I searched for videos with a theme … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Shadows & Dreams – C. Robert Cargill

Both parts of this dark, folk-myth fantasy stand quite well as novella-type books. They each talk about what’s beyond the veil that protects us from fairies and similar. Where it … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

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