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

The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood

Well. This was very very interesting indeed. No, really. I’m using “interesting” honestly here. And I think it’s the best adjective for the book… far more than “gripping” or any of the adjectives I might usually go for. Oh, and … Continue reading

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Raven Stratagem – Yoon Ha Lee

I am so pleased the sequel to Ninefox Gambit came out as quickly as it did. I mean, it’s out in the same year as the first one is being considered for Nebula and Hugo*… I fully support Yoon Ha … Continue reading

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Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer

A recommendation from rather a while ago that I’ve finally got round to (thanks Tea!). Something many ways outside my normal reading – I may or may not be a bit of a wuss about creepy things – but absolutely … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

So I didn’t manage to finish The Vorrh in enough time to ensure I’d get through The Handmaid’s Tale in enough time for book club, so I’ll be going back to it*. I’m far enough in that I know it’s … Continue reading

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Ninefox Gambit – Yoon Ha Lee

So last year, I read the Hugo novel nominees, and it was a really really satisfying little project. I’m thoroughly enjoying trying to keep up with good, modern fiction, and so I was determined to do it again. But I … Continue reading

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This Census Taker – China Miéville

It’s like China Miéville got distilled into one tiny, 140 page, concentrated form. It’s a stunningly beautiful little piece of writing – you really feel the trees and the damp and the cold and the fear – and at the … Continue reading

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Fire and Hemlock – Diana Wynne-Jones

Nostalgia time! So I have three favourite books by Diana Wynne-Jones, Hexwood, The Merlin Conspiracy and Fire and Hemlock, though all for different reasons. Hexwood confused child-me (in a good way), and even though I reread it later and found it not at all … Continue reading

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