#Diversiverse is coming

It’s bang on a month until Aarti’s A More Diverse Universe events begins. In case you missed it the first few years it is all about diversity in your reading. Reading diversely is important because we live in a global world. Period. If you read books only by white authors, you are limiting yourself to […]

The Gothic Challenge & Obscure Literary Monsters

In her round-up of 2014 and look forward to 2015 Katherine of The Writerly Reader mentioned she would be doing The Gothic Challenge this year. It is hosted by Books under the bed and is all about getting readers to experience Gothic Fiction, i.e. Gothic fiction (sometimes referred to as Gothic horror) is a genre […]

What makes this book so great

My first non-fiction book of 2014! And it is a book all about books. The best sort of book ;) I would consider myself a sci-fi & fantasy fan, yet for many years I hadn’t the money to buy books. And even if I did the book shops didn’t really stock a whole heap of […]

A Natural history of Dragons

A memoir by Lady Trent Lady Trent, as all know, is the world’s pre-eminent dragon naturalist. This is her story of how she became that world renowned scientist, how her interest in dragonkind began in her childhood with the preservation of her very first sparkling. A Natural history of dragons is also her memoir detailing […]

A more diverse universe blog tour

This year from November 15th to 17th BookLust is hosting The More Diverse Universe blog tour A More Diverse Universe celebrates diversity in speculative fiction by encouraging people to read books in the fantasy or science fiction genres that were written by people of color. It is so very important to read diversely, to read […]

The Storytelling Animal: A Conversation with Jonathan Gottschall | Literally Psyched, Scientific American Blog Network

When we submit to fiction–whether in novels, songs, or films—we allow ourselves to be invaded by storytellers who seize control of us cognitively and emotionally. from The Storytelling Animal: A Conversation with Jonathan Gottschall | Literally Psyched, Scientific American Blog Network. (via Metafilter)

Among others by Jo Walton

Among Others

Read for the Once Upon a Time VI challenge Many, many moons ago Carl posted his review of this book. And then and there I thought, that sounds interesting. But I never got around to buying it at the time. I think it hadn’t been published by a UK/Ire publisher at the time. And the […]

The lost art of reading

It is strange, I’ve often come across media stories on the “decline” of reading as a result of modern technology. Social networks, texting, these sort of things are bringing about the end of literacy. That strikes me as strange because these are often text based media. After all tweeting or posting a status update requires […]