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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Sequel to Pegasus and the flame As I said about the first book, this is a children’s book and is written for its market. Which means that it isn’t too concerned with character twists and darkness, or subverting genres, or any of that sort of thing. Instead it sets out to tell a story, an […]
Mythology and Reality collide! So the blurb on the back of this book tell me. The mythical winged stallion Pegasus crash lands on a rooftop in modern day New York, fleeing a battle which has destroyed much of Olympus. Emily, a teenager living on the top floor of that building hide him, bringing him food […]
Stephen has returned home to take up from his stepfather as pastor. He has also returned in time to sit at his dying mother’s bed side. He knows she is dying and is writing her eulogy, but at the same time remembering his past, as well as the stories and legends that grew up surrounding his grandfather Jeannot.
Zentner’s debut novel is a slow, atmospheric retelling of those childhood memories interspresed with Stephen’s musings on his current situation and relationships with his family members.
The plot of Living with the dead revolves around the character of Robyn; recently widowed she has moved to LA and taken a job in PR with Portia Kane, a Paris Hilton-type celebrity. Or wannabe celebrity. But when Portia is murdered Robyn finds herself the main suspect and in her confusion makes a break for it. She is helped out by her best friend, Hope Adams, and her boyfriend, Karl Marstsen.