Category Archives: Awesome

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

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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Zoo City – Lauren Beukes

I’ve reviewed this before here, so I won’t say much. I don’t much disagree with what I said the first time, though I think my views are a touch more emphatic, since they’ve come up against disagreement. It’s one of … Continue reading

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The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien

And concluding my ever-surprising Lord of the Rings reread, a final surprise: The Return of the King is my favourite book of the three, by simultaneously a clear and rather close margin, actually. For the first half of the book, it is far … Continue reading

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Stories of Your Life and Others – Ted Chiang

I’m not normally a fan of collections of short stories, though I’m not entirely sure why. Even ones by authors I rather like, I tend to be a bit meh on. But we went to see the film Arrival as a … Continue reading

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Ody-C Volume 2: Sons of the Wolf – Matt Fraction and Christian Ward

[As with previous post, FYI rape mentioned] Distressingly late to the party, I’ve finally got around to reading Ody-C Volume 2. My initial delay was a determination to buy it, rather than borrow, but insufficient funds to do so… then it … Continue reading

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