Outside the gates

I’ve loved every Molly Gloss book I’ve read since I first encountered her work in The hearts of horses back in 2014. She just has this wonderful way of writing a story. She gets to the heart of her books in a wonderfully descriptive way. Her style of storytelling is perfect for me as a […]

And the ocean was our sky

This is a beautiful book. Even if you have no interest in reading it I would recommend you pick it up and just flick through the art. Cai does a wonderful job of depicting the world of the whales. Really really beautiful. The book itself is a retelling of Moby Dick, only from the perspective […]

The poison belt

Last year I read the first book in the Professor Challenger stories, The Lost World, where the land of the dinosaurs was discovered by Challenger and his team of explorers. A word of warning, some of it is quite racist in that early C20th-England-is-superior, but if you can’t be English at least try and be […]

So lucky

Handheld Modern ; 2 I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read by Griffith, and she has written in a wide variety of genres, science, historical, and mystery, and that’s just the books I’ve read by her. So I would highly recommend you read anything by her. Her writes sucks you into the world she creates and […]

The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories

Doesn’t Christmas feel a long time ago, but that isn’t true, it was less than a month ago. In the leadup I started reading this collection of Victorian Christmas ghost stories, and only finished them this week. Hence the slightly unseasonable title. There are thirteen stories in this collection, all first published in magazines and […]

Tin Man

My book club chose this for the January meeting, and although I hadn’t even started it when the book club met at the beginning of the month I thought I’d give it a try anyway. I do remember seeing very positive mentions of it online last year but never felt the inclination to read it. […]

Aquaman

So this was not a very good film. I mean, I don’t think I was expecting too much, it is a DC universe flick and apart from Wonder Woman I haven’t had much joy from them. But I had heard semi-good things about this. You know, that it was fun and maybe mindless, but of […]

The Thing About Ghost Stories

Available online – Uncanny Magazine Issue 25 Why do we tell ghost stories, or read or listen to them? Maybe you believe in ghosts, maybe you don’t, maybe you want to. Maybe you just want a good scare, or to feel that you aren’t alone in experiencing whatever it is that has just creeped you […]

Swordheart

I loved this book. I pretty much read it in one sitting, with occasional breaks for a cup of tea and taking the dogs outside. It is wonderful. It is a fantasy/romance/horror/humour story with swordfights and magic and its just so well written you want to keep right on reading even when you know you […]