Happy New Year

So, another year has come and gone, and I doubt I’m the only one who was a tad disappointed by certain events1 this year. Plus all those celebrity deaths.

It has been an interesting2 year on a global scale.

Book & filmwise there has been some great stuff released. I’m going to just run a query & see what I awarded top marks to. Course this only covers films/books I reviewed here. I have seen Rogue One and loved it, but it came to close to Christmas so I never got around to rambling about it. Maybe when I go see it for a second time I’ll manage to figure out what to say about it.

Ten Stars :

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31 October 2016 by Fence
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Wayfarers ; #2 Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s […]

16 October 2016 by Fence
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In August 2014, Farida, like any ordinary teenage girl, was enjoying the summer holidays before her last year at school. But Farida lived in the mountains of northern Iraq — and what happened next was unimaginable. Her village was an ISIS target. In Ireland we forget sometimes just how good we have it. Reading this […]

9 October 2016 by Fence
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Upon her arrival in London, an 18-year-old Irish girl begins anew as a drama student, with all the hopes of any young actress searching for the fame she’s always dreamed of. She struggles to fit in—she’s young and unexotic, a naive new girl—but soon she forges friendships and finds a place for herself in the […]

23 September 2016 by Fence
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Small Change : book 2 In 1949, eight years after the “Peace with Honor” was negotiated between Great Britain and Nazi Germany by the Farthing Set, England has completed its slide into fascist dicatorship. Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb. The brilliant but politically compromised Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard is assigned the […]

21 August 2016 by Fence
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IMDB description : New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. ‘The Witch’ is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their […]

14 August 2016 by Fence
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Watch the story of history’s greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and the passions of the women that love them. This is Spartacus. Last week I finally finished watch the whole Spartacus saga. I had watched the first season back when it was on the telly, but had never finished the whole saga. So I […]

29 July 2016 by Fence
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Eimear McBride’s debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight […]

4 May 2016 by Fence
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Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man. And wasn’t it great? First thing I said after watching it was “let’s watch it again.” And I did, although two days later, not straight away. So yeah, I really enjoyed it. But it is one of those […]

1 May 2016 by Fence
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Book three in the Spiritwalker trilogy. Short, totally spoiler-free review is “aahhhhh, read it!” but three words may not be enough to persuade everyone. So to that I’ll add that this is a book by Kate Elliott and so it has great female characters, epic fantasy action, magic, treachery, love, and examines power structures all […]

18 January 2016 by Fence
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I find myself unable to really blurb this film. I mean, yeah, the bare bones of it are an orphan kid tries to find himself through boxing. Gets mentored by his father best friend, Rocky, and because of his father’s famous name gets a shot at the title himself. Only that isn’t really what Creed […]

17 January 2016 by Fence
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Book 1 of The Light of the World trilogy. The world is always changing, but Britain in the seventh century was a time of huge upheaval in society. Christianity is beginning to make inroads. Kings are beginning to consolidate territories. War is everywhere, and might makes right. In such a world how is a widow […]

2 January 2016 by Fence
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ISBN : 9780297870517 When I hear death row I usually don’t think “enchanted”, and I usually don’t look for books set in prisons or about people awaiting execution. But all last year, and before, whenever The Enchanted was mentioned it was usually followed with plenty of praise and good things. I finally got around to […]

Nine Stars :

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20 December 2016 by Fence
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Into thin air, Sylvie goes missing, and as Jules stumbles in grief, a fox cub is born. A shadow fox, spirit and animal in one. From the minute the cub opens her eyes, she senses something very wrong. Someone—Jules. (from goodreads) Oh my god, you guys, this book is so sad! Beautiful and wonderful, but […]

10 December 2016 by Fence
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Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she’s enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor’s wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband’s first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, […]

7 December 2016 by Fence
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January 1937. Clouds of war are gathering over a fogbound London. Twenty-eight year old Jack is poor, lonely, and desperate to change his life, so when he’s offered the chance to join an Arctic expedition, he jumps at it. Spirits are high as the ship leaves Norway: five men and eight huskies, crossing the Barents […]

20 November 2016 by Fence
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IMDb blurb : An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale. If I had to describe this film in only one word, then I would say “provocative”. But luckily I don’t have to use just one word, I can […]

4 November 2016 by Fence
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The Memoirs of Lady Trent #4 Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism have heard of Lady Trent’s expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that […]

19 September 2016 by Fence
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Awful things happen. Sometimes you’re left alive, but it leaves a Mark. They aren’t tattoos, and they express your hidden powers—and your hidden desires. They grow as you use them. And someone wants them very, very badly… I’m not quite sure where I first came across Saintcrow, probably via someone on twitter. I know someone […]

13 July 2016 by Fence
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Anna Francis lives in a tall old house with her father and her doll Penelope. She is a refugee, a piece of flotsam washed up in England by the tides of the Great War and the chaos that trailed in its wake. Once upon a time, she had a mother and a brother, and they […]

5 July 2016 by Fence
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Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly […]

20 June 2016 by Fence
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Book 2 of The Sunbolt Chronicles In the year since she cast her sunbolt, Hitomi has recovered only a handful of memories. But the truths of the past have a tendency to come calling, and an isolated mountain fastness can offer only so much shelter. When the High Council of Mages summons Brigit Stormwind to […]

19 June 2016 by Fence
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Originally read 17th November 2013, reread 19th June 2016. And I still love it. Book 1 of The Sunbolt ChroniclesI chose this for my Diverse Universe reading because I liked the cover that I saw posted over on BookLust so double thanks to Aarti for this read :) Intisar Khanani, the author, is from Wisconsin […]

10 May 2016 by Fence
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Mary Doria Russell, the bestselling, award-winning author of The Sparrow, returns with Epitaph. An American Iliad, this richly detailed and meticulously researched historical novel continues the story she began in Doc, following Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, and to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Many years ago, I’m not sure exactly […]

12 April 2016 by Fence
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On the 31st March 2016 Imre Kertész died. I hadn’t heard of him before I saw the post on Metafilter marking his passing, but in the thread his first book, Fatelessness was mentioned. It is a fictionalised account of Kertész’s own experiences as a teenager in Hungary and then Auschwitz and Buchenwald. He was fourteen […]

23 March 2016 by Fence
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Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp are names that are linked together with gunfights and dust and the US West. In Doc Russell takes a look at their lives away from the O.K. Corral. How they came to know one another and their histories, together and apart. It is a story of violence, gambling, prostitution, dentistry, […]

17 March 2016 by Fence
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Grieving the loss of his mother Peter discovered an orphaned fox cub and took him in. Ever since then he and Pax have become almost inseparable. But now war is coming. And Peter’s father says he can’t keep the fox any more, that his grandfather won’t tolerate the animal and as Peter’s father is joining […]

What about you? Any standouts from 2016? or anything that you’re really looking forward to in 2017?


  1. Brexit & Trump, yes I’m looking at you 

  2. depending on how you define interesting 

Post Author: Fence

4 thoughts on “Happy New Year

    Aarti

    (31 December 2016 - 11:18 pm)

    I just read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet a few months ago, so I am very excited to read the companion novel! I didn’t realize it was out already, I’ll have to get on that!

    Happy new year :-)

      Fence

      (1 January 2017 - 12:40 am)

      Oooohhh, you have it to look forward to so! Its so great. Actually I’m just going to go add those two titles to my 2017 TBR list, because I want to reread them at some point :)
      It is really different from Long Way, but feels the same, if you know what I mean. Hopeful and warm and just plain enjoyable.

    Kailana

    (1 January 2017 - 4:50 pm)

    Happy New Year!!! I have enjoyed reading your blog over this year and look forward to following along with you in 2017. :)
    Kailana´s last blog post ..Week in Review – Week 52

      Fence

      (1 January 2017 - 8:09 pm)

      Thanks Kailana, hope you have a great 2017

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