The shape of water

A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, where a mute janitor working at a lab falls in love with an amphibious man being held captive there and devises a plan to help him escape. I think that del Toro is one of […]

Women & power

Hearing the latest sex abuse scandal or the latest supposedly feminist man revealed as a jerk using his power and position for sexual gain can sometimes make consuming the news feel like a punch to the gut. But, as I tell myself again and again, the fact that these stories are coming out and being […]

Birdsong

The French trilogy ; 2 Set before, during, and after World War 1 Birdsong tells the story of a young Englishman. Staring before the war in France where he starts a passionate affair with a married woman. There is a jump in time and we meet Stephen in the trenches, and that storyline is then […]

part of the cover image to Why dinosaurs matter by Kenneth J. Lacovara. A pixelated dinosaur on a reg background

Why dinosaurs matter

I was never one of those children who was majorly into dinosaurs, but I do remember a reading a few books as a kid. I can still remember the illustrations in the Ladybird book of dinosaurs that we had. Of course, all those old Ladybird books had wonderful illustrations so maybe it had more to […]

Part of the cover image for The Silver tide by Jen Williams. Has two dragons in flight.

The silver tide

The Copper Cat trilogy ; book 3 As this is book three in a trilogy you really should read the books in order. And if you enjoy action and adventurer fantasy quests then you’ll probably enjoy this series. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Personally I think that each book […]

The little homo sapiens scientist

You know the story of the little mermaid, well, imagine if the reverse were to happen. A human who wishes to become a mermaid. Only not a mermaid, but an atargati, a species of intelligent deep sea dwelling beings whom humans know very little about. Dr. Cadence Mbella is studying them, she is the world’s […]

Taste of Marrow

River of Teeth ; 2 The events of River of Teeth have left repercussions. Not least of which are the feral hippos! but also the Houndstooth outfit1 have been separated, those of them2 that survived the Harriet disaster that is. Houndstooth himself is driven to find Hero, obsessed even. He thinks of little else and […]

The Selkie’s mate

Shadows and Light ; 3 That traditional selkie story, where the fisherman finds a selkie, hides the skin and gains a wife have always been a bit ick. I mean, its a rape story, sanitised to make it somewhat palatable. But there have been retellings, an attempt to get another view point out there, Margo […]

Blade Runner (The final cut) [based on the book]

I know that at some point in the past I have watched Blade Runner. I do not know what version it was. I also am very aware that it has become a huge pop culture reference so that my memories of the film have most likely been altered by that fact. But I do think […]

Triangle

One of the great things about working in a library is that you come across books that you usually would have no reason to really look at. Like children’s books, especially picture books. I don’t think I’ve ever gone browsing the pictures books section of any shop, but I always love looking at them when […]

War for the Oaks

Emma Bull is an author I have been meaning to read for a long time. She was one of the first to start the whole sub-genre of urban fantasy. And although urban fantasy can contain rubbish so can any other genre, it also contains gems. War for the Oaks was not one the books that […]

The Last family in England

Also published as The Labrador Pact. I really had no idea what to expect from this book, it was simply sitting with the returns at the library and looked vaguely interesting. Plus I follow Haig on twitter despite having read only one of his books, The Radleys.1 So I picked this up. It is such […]