Sun, Moon, Dust

First published by Uncanny A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy in May 2017. Okay, this is wonderful. There is something about Ursula Vernon’s writing that just works so well with my brain. I love her no nonsense characters, and her gentle subverting of tropes. Well, not always gentle, there can be trampling underfoot of […]

Fandom for robots

Published in Uncanny Magazine, Sept/Oct 2017. Issue 17. Short stories often don’t really work for me. Either too little happens or too much. Also being so short they often don’t have enough time and space to devote to character development. And that’s often what makes a story, long or short, work for me. But I […]

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City of stairs

I don’t think I would have picked this book up at all if it hadn’t been nominated for a Hugo this year. The trilogy The Divine Cities is nominated in the Best Series category, and I am attempting to read at least one book in each series before voting.1 I am so glad that this […]

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The cloud roads

The Books of the Raksura ; 1 So after reading the wonderful murderbot books1 I wanted to read more by Wells. And this is the first book in the The Books of the Raksura which is nominated for Best Series in the 2018 Hugos I figured this was a good place to start. The main […]

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The secret life of bots

Originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine #132, September 2017 Bot 9 has just been activated after a long time offline. The Ship it serves has a huge list of to-do activities and it has been tasked to track down an Incidental, a pest infestation. But Bot 9 is slightly concerned that something is going on that […]

A series of steaks

2018 Hugo Award Finalist – Best Novelette Originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine #124, January 2017 I really enjoyed this novelette/short story, call it what you will. It takes an interesting idea, printing meat and mixes it up with forgery and crime and then adds in some great characters for that aspect that always makes stories […]

The hundred thousand kingdoms

Inheritance trilogy ; 1 Okay, so I’m behind the times with this. And yes, I’ve heard so many people talk about N.K. Jemisin in such a positive light that I really should have read her earlier. And y’all were totally right, I loved this book. The blurb makes it sound like a fairly generic epic […]

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 […]

The wild places

In this book Robert Macfarlane sets out to find the wild places of Britain and Ireland, if there are any left. He believes that somewhere on these islands there must be places far from the reach of humanity where the wilderness still exists, and he sets out to discover them, to create a word map […]

The river bank

A sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows There are two main reasons I wanted to read this book. First off it is a book by Kij Johnson. Second of all it is a sequel to The Wind in the Willows, so first I reread that back in February, and then I got […]

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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 […]