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 […]

The apostle

Where to start with this film… Well, I guess with where it starts, with a man. Brooding, unhappy. With a past. And a missing sister he must rescue. As for where it goes from there? Well, there’s a cult and religion and a goddess and rules and regulation but a “free” society. Traitors turned heroes, […]

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 […]

A red sand desert, featureless, Mars. In the distance a white slender tower

The Martian obelisk

Humanity is dying out. Climate change. Terrorism. Disease. People have accepted that these is no future, just a slow decline and then they’ll be no more. The colonies on Mars have resulted in death, there will be no new missions to Mars. Humanity is resigned to extinction. Susannah doesn’t have any more hope than anyone […]

Small changes over long periods of time : a novelette by K. M. Sparza

Small changes over long periods of time

First published by Uncanny A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy in May 2017. Finley has just been bitten by a vampire. Now he has to deal with becoming a vampire himself, and an unregistered one at that. He certainly didn’t ask to be turned, and most definitely never filled out the proper paperwork. Plus […]

Asimov's Science Fiction

Wind will rove

Published in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine September/October 2017 – read it online Ever since the “blackout” when a virus attacked their database the inhabitants of a generation ship have prioritised a way of keeping their history alive. Whether that is historical events from earth, or specific tunes or re-enactments of popular films, the Memory Project […]

A figure is seen mostly from the back, going up a stairs, red/peach and white koi (I think) on the walls

Extracurricular Activities

The Machinaries of Empire Although this novelette is part of the larger Machinaries ‘verse, you can read it without any knowledge of that wider world as it is a prequel. So it also contains no spoilers, unless you count getting to know a character before they appeared in Ninefox Gambit a spoiler… It features Shuos […]

A chinese looking vase, white with blue design, sits on a wide stairs.

Children of thorns, children of water

Dominion of the fallen ; 1.5 Thuan and Kim Cuc and attempting go gain entrance to House Hawthorn. Every year the House accepts applicants, tests them, and maybe takes them in. For the Houseless in Paris this is a path of possible safety, without a House you have very little hope. But Thuan and Kim […]

The ordinary princess

At her christening Princess Amy is blessed with the gift of being ordinary by one of her fairy godmothers, and, much to the horror of all around her, that is how she grows up. Where her sisters are tall, blonde and blue-eyed, she has mousy hair, a snub nose, and freckles! As she grows up, […]

Under the pendulum sun

I added this book to my unwieldy Mount TBR because of Smart Bitches description of it as a stunningly different fantasy that mixes Crimson Peak with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. And then I saw that wonderful cover and had to read it. It’s just wonderful. Unfortunately I just never really clicked with this novel. […]