Illustration of three heads Jane Eyre, a Fox, and a little girl

Jane, the fox, and me

Translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou Oh, this is a beautiful book. The art work is just lovely, I love the style of it. Simple, often black and white, but with some full colour spreads. It is really wonderful. And the art matches the story. Hélène used to have friends, but then something happened, […]

A photo of a woman in a blue dress seated in a prison cell

Alias Grace

Based on the true story of Grace Marks, an infamous murderer in Canada in the 1840’s, Atwood’s book uses different narrators to tell the story, as well as interspersing the story with extracts from other works. From poems, fiction, newspapers of the time, and other sources. Although this is based on the real story, Atwood has, of course, fictionalised a great deal of the novel.

The two narrators are Grace herself, who tells her story in the first person, past tense, and Simon Jordan, the doctor investigating her claims of insanity or innocence. His parts are told by a third person narrator, and are in the present tense.

We are legion (we are Bob)

Bobiverse : book 1 At some point in the near future Bob Johansson decides it is a great idea to freeze his head after his death. Life after death, what could possibly go wrong… Well, the first thing that goes wrong is that “corpsicles” are declared not to be people. They have no rights and […]

The high mountains of Portugal

This book. I just. Okay, to start with I wasn’t sure I was even going to finish it. Tomás and his fridged wife and his walking backwards. And his troubles with the car. But midway through his story it seemed to click with me and I really started to enjoy it. In a way I […]

The truth about stories

From what I remember I bought this book a few years ago because of Aarti’s A More Diverse Universe reading challenge. I didn’t get around to reading it then, but for some reason it popped out at me when I went to shelve a different book. So I picked it up and started reading. It […]

The heart goes last

Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every […]

The Glad Hosts

Read the short story online at Lackington’s and then the discussion on metafilter. Mai is a colonist on Shanti, entranced with this alien world and its permanent spring. Although it took ten years to travel to the planet from Earth, to her it feels like only a few weeks. And now she has so many […]

Beautiful Joe

Available on Gutenberg Beautiful Joe is the story of a dog, a mongrel whose first owner abused him, going so far as to chop off his ears and tail. He was rescued and went on to live a much happier life. The author of this story, Margaret Marshall Saunders1 met the real Beautiful Joe while […]

Triptych

When the aliens came it was nothing like the way science fiction and popular culture had predicted it. There was no invasion, instead they were refugees. Their own planet had collapsed, killing the majority, only a few escaped. Earth took them in and began to integrate them into human culture. Of course there were plenty […]

The Gaslight Dogs

Book 1 of The Middle Light series1 Sjennonirk is the spirit walker of her tribe. For years now the Kabliw have been coming, her people have welcomed them albeit with a certain amount of caution, but the bring trade. Now however their ships have unloaded crates of guns. Sjennonirk is understandably wary. But before she […]

The way of Thorn and Thunder

Over a thousand years ago the first Human came to Everland. And that led to the Melding; the Human world crashed into the Folk world and out of the destruction both worlds were now joined. Ever since the Folk have suffered in various degrees. Their customs and ways looked down on by the humans, and […]

A more diverse universe blog tour

Today, being the 27th of September is supposed to be the day that I post my review of The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles’ by Daniel Heath Justice. But I was stupid and didn’t consider the fact that this is a trilogy of books published in one book and so, it is […]