The broken kingdoms

The Thing About Ghost Stories by

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....

Swordheart by

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...

Eggshells by

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...

Us against you by

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...

His last bow by

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...

In the Vanishers’ palace by

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...

Exit strategy by

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...

The scandal by

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...

The Kingdom of Gods by

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...

The tale of Genji by

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 broken kingdoms by

The Inheritance trilogy ; 2 I pretty much devoured this book. I just couldn’t stop reading once I started; it was awesome. It starts ten years after the events of The...