A quiet place

Imagine a world where you couldn’t make a sound. No talking, no laughing. Not even walking with shoes on. A world where the response to noise is death. No imagine being a parent and trying to raise three children in that world. Sounds almost impossible. All the actors are just great in this, Blunt in […]

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The Tea Master and the Detective

A book in the The Universe of Xuya I do love the idea of ships as people. I really enjoyed Anne McCaffrey’s The Ship Who series way back in the way off times when I read it. It’s just a fascinating idea, a space ship with all the computing power of an AI, but still […]

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The lost steersman

The Steerswoman series ; book 3 Last year I read and really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but for some reason it has taken me almost a year to get around to book 3. This series all follows the same story, so you’ll need to read them in order. I really enjoyed […]

The cat who walked a thousand miles

Read it online at Tor.

reread in April, 2018 and loved it just as much.

A long time ago in Japan, when cats were new there, an earthquake shook Small Cat’s home, and her city caught fire. In escaping the fire she ran too far from her home and her fudoki. “The fudoki was the collection of stories about all the cats who had lived in a place. It described what made it a home, and what made the cats a family.” In fleeing the fire the Small Cat gets lost in the city but decides to follow the story of her aunts, The Cat Who Came From the North. And so she heads North. But she goes too far and soon is so far from home that she thinks she will never find her way to her fudoki again.

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This history of bees

translated by Diane Oatley Bees are pretty cool insects. They are also pretty damn important. Insects in general are essential to the world we know, so maybe think twice before spraying those insecticides and getting rid of all the dandelions in your lawn. We need insects1 so we should be paying more attention to their […]

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The bitter twins

The Winnowing Flame trilogy ; book 2 Have you read this first book in this series? If not then go read it. It is awesome and action packed with great characters and a story that’ll keep you turning pages long after you promised yourself you’d stop. If you have read it, well The Bitter Twins […]

Annihilation [based on the book]

I’m not quite sure how to start talking about Annihilation. I really liked it. But plot-wise anything I say to blurb it will sound either ridiculous or way too confusing. So as little as possible then… a group of people investigate a strange phenomenon that nobody else has ever returned from. Inside “the shimmer” they […]

The wonder engine

The Clocktaur War ; book 2 Some books are just great fun. You sit down to see what they’re like and before you know it you’ve read the whole book and are wishing you would’ve slowed down a bit because now it is over. I loved the first book, and this sequel is just as […]

The wind in the willows

It’s fairly impossible for me to be objective about The Wind in the Willows. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read the whole book before, but I certainly remember many extracts that were part of school books over the years. The first chapter certainly has stuck with me; “onions sauce” is such a great insult. […]

Black Panther

This film is so awesome. I loved it. I mean, I’d heard good things before I went, although I did try to ignore most of it because pre-hype doesn’t work for me. I’d watched the trailer, but not too many times, just to whet my appetite. And I had enjoyed T’Chella’s part in Civil War, […]