Eggshells

I first noticed Eggshells when it arrived at work, with those hints about changelings and fairy tale echoes. But I didn’t pick it up at the time. It was only more recently when the author was named as winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2018 that I decided I’d give it a go. […]

Us against you

originally published as Vi mot er; translated by Neil Smith Beartown ; book 2 It has been a while since I read this. I think I finished it at the start of the month, but I am only finding the time to blog about it now. I’ve been falling behind lately. Monthly updates are way […]

The Phoenix on the Sword

Conan short stories ; 1 All I know about Conan comes from the Arnie film, so it was surprise to read this and come across Conan already a king. But this is the first Conan story, in publication order, his history was later filled in by Howard in other stories and tales. Although I am […]

His last bow

Containing – “The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge” (1908), “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” (1892), “The Adventure ,of the Red Circle” (1911), “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans” (1908), “The Adventure of the Dying Detective” (1913), “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax” (1911), “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot” (1910), and, “His Last Bow. An […]

In the Vanishers’ palace

How do people survive after colonisation and enslavement? What happens to a society that has been stamped out when those invaders leave, and all that remains is damage and pain? It’s a fascinating question, and I would gladly read more about the post-Vanishers world that de Boddard has created for this novella, because although that […]

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Exit strategy

Murderbot diaries ; 4 I love these books. They just feel so warm and comforting, like a hug, despite the fact that the narrator describes themselves as a murderbot and there are many threats and violent incidents. There’s just something about them that makes them feel cosy. And I really really do NOT mean that […]

The scandal

also published as Beartown I was going to say that I recently read Backman’s breakout novel A man called Over, but then I checked the blog and discovered that it was back in 2015! well I suppose that’s very recent if you are talking about the age of the world. Ove was a book club […]

The Kingdom of Gods

The Inheritance trilogy ; book 3 Oh my god, you totally need to read this series. It is so awesome and just plain great. Go read it. Am I overselling it with that? No, no I am not. It is wonderful. Read it. It is the third book in a trilogy, so really I should […]

The tale of Genji

Translated by Edward G. Seidensticker I have decided that I should try to read more “world literature”, not just modern fiction but books that might be regarded as classics from around the world. And what better place to start, thought I, than with The tale of Genji which may be the world’s first novel. It […]

Confronting the classics

I feel like I’ve been reading this book since forever, which is pretty much true as I started reading it back in February. But it is a collection of essays/reviews so I’d read one and then read something else and then come back and read another. And finally, on Friday, after many months I read […]

TBR update

Well, it has been quite a while since I’ve done a TBR update, April to be precise. Since then I’ve only added 13 titles. I think that’s not too bad… it makes for a total of 180 on the list, with 26 added this year. And I’ve read 11 of them, so that’s pretty damn […]