Monthly Archive: January 2012

Wool 3

Wool series, 2 – 5 by

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. As I mentioned in my review of Wool, the first in this series, I came across this author through a post on metafilter. He has self-published...

Wool by Hugh Howey

Wool by

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. For generations people have lived in the silo, the only look at the outside they get is on the screens. But the cameras are outsides, and...

the good the bad and the multiplex - Mark Kermode

The good, the bad and the multiplex by

As a film critic Mark Kermode watches films. A lot of films. A whole lot of films, and he often doesn’t like what he sees. He describes how he started reviewing films as a child, not for anyone else to read...

obedience to authority

Obedience to authority by

In the 1960s Stanley Milgram and his associates carried out a number of experiments on obedience. They were set-up a situation where people thought they were helping in a memory/learning experiment, and how it related to punishment. So they subjects were...

The best thing - Margo Lanagan

The best thing by

Mel is not having a good year at school. Her friends have turned on her, and her boyfriend one day stopped talking to her, became her ex over night and hasn’t spoken to her in weeks. But she does have Pug....

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Specials by

Book 3 in the Uglies series. Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & the 2012Science Fiction Experience. At some point in the future a biological oil-eating weapon brings about the end of civilisation as we know it. But...

The alchemist and the angel

The alchemist and the angel by

Jan lives with his aunt and uncle. His parents died of the plague and he had to leave his home village and move to Vienna. At first he is, understandably withdrawn and upset, but after a few months his uncle suggests...

turth about mr darcy

The truth about Mr. Darcy by

The great thing about working in a library is that I find myself picking up books that I usually wouldn’t. The terrible thing about working in a library is that I find myself picking up books that I usually wouldn’t. I...

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Zoo City by

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. Zinzi December finds lost things. That’s her shavi, the gift she received, along with her Sloth, for her crime. No one really knows where the animals...

Science fiction now and tomorrow

Science fiction now and tomorrow

Science fiction now and tomorrow via The Guardian books podcast: Science fiction now and tomorrow | Books | guardian.co.uk. Lauren Beukes, author of hard-boiled SF thriller Zoo City, tells us about winning the 2011 Arthur C Clarke award and about South...

Pegasus and the fight for Olympus by Kate O'Hearn

Pegasus and the fight for Olympus by

Sequel to Pegasus and the flame As I said about the first book, this is a children’s book and is written for its market. Which means that it isn’t too concerned with character twists and darkness, or subverting genres, or any...