Category Archives: Awesome

Books you should read NOW. Yes, NOW. Right now. Stop what you’re doing and READ THIS.

Paladin’s Grace – T. Kingfisher

My short review is simply: It’s like Terry Pratchett wrote Dragon Age fanfic for a female-gaze audience. My long review obviously has a lot more words. Comparing things to Terry Pratchett is… not something I do lightly. I know it … Continue reading

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Harrow the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

Alix E. Harrow provided the most accurate possible summary of Harrow the Ninth (henceforth simply Harrow) with the following gif: Here does not endeth the review, because I clearly like the sound of my own voice enough to have a blog, but … Continue reading

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A Memory Called Empire – Arkady Martine (reread)

This is a post for people who’ve already read the book, without question. But it’s also not really a post for anyone at all, except myself. If you’re interested in my more general thoughts, I posted about it when I … Continue reading

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Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

I loved it. This is about the fourth draft of this post, trying to find some vaguely amusing way of starting it, but honestly, cutting right to it – this book is fucking phenomenal. I kept coming across it on … Continue reading

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Die Vol. 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker – Gillen, Hans, Cowles

Occasionally, circumstances conspire in a good way. You might, for instance, decide that today is the day to read this graphic novel, but you’re a bit sleepy, so you’re going to do it in bed. And it’s a bit noisy … Continue reading

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The Emperor’s Winding Sheet – Jill Paton Walsh

For my birthday, I got several (but not actually that many) books. Most of them were new, but then I also got one that came slightly later than the rest, and obviously second hand. It had no note, but I … Continue reading

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Reread: The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks

This is a quick one, because my opinion basically hasn’t changed on rereading it, please pardon the… somewhat clunkier prose of the me of three years ago. I reread it for book club, but honestly, it was quite nice to … Continue reading

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This is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Sometimes, I’m willing to admit, I can be wrong. I have seen Max Gladstone’s books around the place, seen the covers and the blurbs, and concluded “that’s not for me”. And so, when I saw this, when I saw people … Continue reading

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Lord of Emperors – Guy Gavriel Kay

I nearly fucking CRIED. I don’t cry at books. It made me feel emotions and it was deeply distressing at the most fundamental level. By which I mean I fucking loved it. And I know this is blasphemy – there … Continue reading

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Brand New Ancients – Kate Tempest

Speaking of truly brilliant books… Reading The Half God of Rainfall reminded me I do actually really quite enjoy poetry, so maybe I should try to read some more new stuff… but how would I find what was good and new?? … Continue reading

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