The Thing About Ghost Stories

Available online – Uncanny Magazine Issue 25 Why do we tell ghost stories, or read or listen to them? Maybe you believe in ghosts, maybe you don’t, maybe you want to. Maybe you just want a good scare, or to feel that you aren’t alone in experiencing whatever it is that has just creeped you […]

Swordheart

I loved this book. I pretty much read it in one sitting, with occasional breaks for a cup of tea and taking the dogs outside. It is wonderful. It is a fantasy/romance/horror/humour story with swordfights and magic and its just so well written you want to keep right on reading even when you know you […]

Beast

If you are anything like me, you hear a film called Beast and think of Beauty and the Beast. And then you see the main character in a yellow dress, with a one syllable name that ends in an ll sound, and there are scenes of stepping through hedges, almost from one world to another […]

The broken kingdoms

The Inheritance trilogy ; 2 I pretty much devoured this book. I just couldn’t stop reading once I started; it was awesome. It starts ten years after the events of The hundred thousand kingdoms and deals with some of the fall out from the events in book one. However, if you wanted you could read […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Anatomy of a scanal

Told from a variety of point of views, and interspersed with flashbacks this book starts off with an affair that turns into an alleged rape. Sophie is married to James, the man accused in this case. Kate is the prosecuting barrister. One believes him guilty and will do everything to secure a conviction. The other […]

Hereditary

The best way to see this film is to know nothing in advance. So if you haven’t seen it stop reading now. Although, in fairness I think that that is good advice for any film, the less you know before seeing it the better. You can always rewatch at a later stage if you think […]

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 […]

Under the pendulum sun

I added this book to my unwieldy Mount TBR because of Smart Bitches description of it as a stunningly different fantasy that mixes Crimson Peak with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. And then I saw that wonderful cover and had to read it. It’s just wonderful. Unfortunately I just never really clicked with this novel. […]

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Jurassic World: Fallen kingdom

Remember how awesome Jurassic Park was? Remember the reality of the dinosaurs, of the wonder that the audience shared with the characters? Remember the horror and panic as things went wrong? Well, Fallen kingdom has none of that. Honestly, I don’t know how film makers have managed to make dinosaurs so pedestrian and boring. The […]