Feb & March Diversity Reads!

As mentioned in this blog post, I am spending February and March reading and reviewing works from women and/or non-white authors to highlight and celebrate diversity within the Fantasy and Science Fiction genre. For more information please see the hyperlink above. Although I have allocated February and March for these reads, should I take longer,Continue reading “Feb & March Diversity Reads!”

It’s time to talk about diversity! My plan.

As you may have seen on my twitter account, this year I wanted to consciously experience and give exposure to more books from diverse authors. Partly this is so that I don’t just read from the viewpoint of authors with a similar identity to myself, so I can have a more rounded experience. The otherContinue reading “It’s time to talk about diversity! My plan.”

The Blade Itself – Review

Enthralling modern classic of the genre; the plaudits are well deserved. Publisher – Gollancz, Publication date – 8th March 2007 Page Length (Paperback) – 544 Synopsis Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapped in a twisted and broken body – not thatContinue reading “The Blade Itself – Review”

End of year reflections on TBR and the coming year ahead.

On the shelf you sit in peace,You were 6 months ago’s must read.I promise I’ll pick you up some day,Though when that is I cannot say. There’s 3 more books due to arrive,And they’ll be placed right by your side,Into one of these I’ll dive,The next already eyed. For the apocalypse at least I’m set,InContinue reading “End of year reflections on TBR and the coming year ahead.”

Skyward – Review

An exciting start to a planned starfighter trilogy Publisher: Gollancz Ebook: £5.99 Paperback: £6.47 Amazon UK Synopsis Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot.Continue reading “Skyward – Review”

From books and back again: a blogger’s tale.

I was quite a naughty kid. Nothing evil but I was a handful. On my parents’ first parents evening my teacher told them despite this, I was a huge help in the reading corner. I’d put the books back on the shelves in the right places the other children had left on the floor. I’dContinue reading “From books and back again: a blogger’s tale.”

The Flight of the Darkstar Dragon – Review

An exciting, surreal, swashbuckling adventure that brings back some childhood nostalgia of a trip through a magical story. Self Published Ebook £3.99 (or free to borrow on Kindle Unlimited) Paperback £9.99 AMAZON UK This is a review for The Flight of The Darkstar Dragon, by Benedict Patrick. Synopsis Impossible world. Impossible dragon. Impossible adventure. LostContinue reading “The Flight of the Darkstar Dragon – Review”

The Lost War: Eidyn Book One – Review

The beginning of an epic adventure, bringing together an explosive cast of characters, monsters and magic *This book won the extremely strong final of SPFBO6 and was subsequently picked up by Orbit Books! Thoroughly well deserved. This is a review for The Lost War: Eidyn Book One, by Justin Lee Anderson. The Lost War beginsContinue reading “The Lost War: Eidyn Book One – Review”

Priest of Bones – Review

Take Peaky Blinders back 400 years, add a small sprinkling of magic, a tablespoon of Grimdark, 2 bottles of brandy and bring to the boil. Serve when bubbling hot. Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books This is a review for the first in Peter McLean’s War for the Rose Throne series, Priest of Bones. First off, TomasContinue reading “Priest of Bones – Review”

The Ninth Rain – Review

Fantastic world building, re-imagined tropes & strong characters make this a must-read. There are also giant bats and war beasts. This is a review for the first book in Jen Williams’ Winnowing Flame Trilogy, The Ninth Rain. I don’t often see the Winnowing Flame trilogy in the top fantasy lists, or spoken about by seasonedContinue reading “The Ninth Rain – Review”