Women & power

Hearing the latest sex abuse scandal or the latest supposedly feminist man revealed as a jerk using his power and position for sexual gain can sometimes make consuming the news feel like a punch to the gut. But, as I tell myself again and again, the fact that these stories are coming out and being […]

Birdsong

The French trilogy ; 2 Set before, during, and after World War 1 Birdsong tells the story of a young Englishman. Staring before the war in France where he starts a passionate affair with a married woman. There is a jump in time and we meet Stephen in the trenches, and that storyline is then […]

Mount TBR Jan 2018

I’d fallen behind on my additions to Mount TBR, but, you know, new year, new start. And all that. This month’s additions are : Williams, Jan – The Bitter twins Eddo-Lodge, Reni – Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Lacovara, Kenneth – Why dinosaurs matter READ Whitely, Alice – The Arrival […]

part of the cover image to Why dinosaurs matter by Kenneth J. Lacovara. A pixelated dinosaur on a reg background

Why dinosaurs matter

I was never one of those children who was majorly into dinosaurs, but I do remember a reading a few books as a kid. I can still remember the illustrations in the Ladybird book of dinosaurs that we had. Of course, all those old Ladybird books had wonderful illustrations so maybe it had more to […]

Part of the cover image for The Silver tide by Jen Williams. Has two dragons in flight.

The silver tide

The Copper Cat trilogy ; book 3 As this is book three in a trilogy you really should read the books in order. And if you enjoy action and adventurer fantasy quests then you’ll probably enjoy this series. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Personally I think that each book […]

Part of the cover image of The new friend by Jenny Colgan, features two girls one holding a puffin the other a parrot.

The new friend

Polly and the Puffin ; book 3 I haven’t read any of the others in this series, but if they are all like this then they are cute little stories about a girl and her puffin, with lovely illustrations. I’d say they are suitable for either reading aloud to children, or for children who are […]

Clockwork Boys

The Clocktaur War ; book 1 Any book by Ursula Vernon (aka T. Kingfihser) is one that I want to read, and as I back her on Patreon I have had access to this one for quite a while, I’m not sure why I didn’t get around to this one yet. Probably because I’m very […]

Tangleweed and brine

A collection of thirteen short stories, retellings of various fairy tales, with a feminist slant. Deirdre Sullivan is one of those authors I’ve been meaning to get to for a while. She got a lot of praise for her book Needlework and I really want to read that. But I’m a sucker for fairy tales […]

Gnomon

I loved this book. Loved it. But I am totally aware that this is not a book that everyone will enjoy. It starts out with Inspector Neith investigating a death in custody. Her method of investigation includes reliving the mind of the deceased. And so we are introduced to Diana Hunter, a woman who refused […]

The little homo sapiens scientist

You know the story of the little mermaid, well, imagine if the reverse were to happen. A human who wishes to become a mermaid. Only not a mermaid, but an atargati, a species of intelligent deep sea dwelling beings whom humans know very little about. Dr. Cadence Mbella is studying them, she is the world’s […]

Guards! Guards!

Discworld series #8 / The City Watch series #1 This is the book. The one that really made me love the Discworld ‘verse. In this we first meet Sam Vimes and Ankh-Morpork’s Night Watch, and it really is some of the best of Pratchett’s writing. Blending social commentary with humour and insight. It is wonderful. […]