Monthly Archives: July 2019

Consider Phlebas – Iain M. Banks

Having finally finished all the Culture novels – and soon intending to read Player of Games again for book club – I decided it was time to reread the one I disliked the first time round, and led to me not reading … Continue reading

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The Electric State – Simon Stålenhag

I only came across this one because it’s been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, which the boyfriend has been reading nominations for. As it turns out, the Clarke nominees, at least this year, are vastly more interesting than … Continue reading

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Magic in Ancient Greece and Rome – Lindsay C. Watson

How the hell do I review an academic non-fiction book? I mean, really though. Because it fails on a lot of the metrics I’d normally use (it hardly has a compelling plot, after all) and well… it’s just so much … Continue reading

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Paper Girls Vol. 2 – Brian K. Vaughan

It’s probably been a bit too long since I read volume 1 – I am not 100% sure I could have given you a plot summary before I started reading this one – but it worked out ok in the … Continue reading

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Space Opera – Catherynne M. Valente

THE HUGOS ARE VANQUISHED. I HAVE CONQUERED THEM. Look upon my toil ye mighty and wonder what the fuck I’m doing with my life. Jesus Christ this was a bad one to end on. I knew I wasn’t going to … Continue reading

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Myth Isn’t Fantasy

Rather than talk about a specific book (or using a specific book as an excuse to talk about something related), I’m going to talk about a more general topic this time – it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a … Continue reading

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The City of Brass – S. A. Chakraborty

Well that was shit. Not like, angry-makingly, blood-boilingly shit – that would have been entertaining. Just… crap. But I’ll get to that in a minute. I don’t, as a general rule, read YA fiction. There are a couple of things … Continue reading

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The Dispossessed – Ursula LeGuin

I’ve been meaning to read this since I finished The Left Hand of Darkness. Clearly my half-remembered childhood dislike of Earthsea hadn’t done justice to le Guin, and I needed to get some more of this to see what I’d been missing. … Continue reading

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Dragonspell – Katharine Kerr

Another short one, because I’m behind and because it’s the fourth in a series so… y’know, I’m going to get repetitive. I liked the other three. This one is… a lot like them. So I liked it too. It’s not … Continue reading

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Godshaper – Simon Spurrier, Jonas Goonface

I am, on occasion, a very shallow, impulsive woman. Which sometimes means I end up in the Foyle’s on the Southbank, waiting to meet someone in Wagamama, making impulse purchases of pretty graphic novels I’ve never heard of purely based … Continue reading

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