Velvet : Before the living end

Back in November LadyBusiness celebrated Superwomen & Comics Week, and as part of that they had a “links of steel” post in which several comics were recommended. I caved and bought a few. The first of these that I’ve read, so far, is Velvet, volume 1, because of the Wired review The hook being : […]

Wolf at the door

The Jan Xu Adventures : book 1 Jan Xu’s sister is coming home. It should be a reason to celebrate. They were very close when they were younger, but then Marianne left, headed to London to study law and Jan has seen her in years. Marianne didn’t even come home when Jan got married, or […]

Wool by Hugh Howey

Wool

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. For generations people have lived in the silo, the only look at the outside they get is on the screens. But the cameras are outsides, and over time they get dirty, the screens are obscured and blurry. But to go […]

Son of heaven

9781848875258
#1 in the Chung Kuoseries

A thin layer of mist wreathed the meadows all the way to reeds that traced the meandering path of the river.

It is the year 2064, twenty years or so since The Collapse, which saw society almost wiped out. People are living subsistence lives. In England Jake has learned to get by without technology, and his son, Peter, never knew of such things as the internet or even radio. But during the collapse those who survived learned quickly not to trust strangers. And now there are reports or refugees and bandits on the move. No one knows why, but prices are on the rise, as are tensions.

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The Reader [based on the book by]

based on book, Der Vorleser.
In Germany, 1958, Michael Berg is feeling unwell. He wanders through the streets for a while before almost collapsing in the entrance to an apartment block. He vomits. A passing woman helps him out. She cleans up after him and helps get him home. It turns out that he has scarlet fever and remains bed-ridden for a number of months. Once he feels better he returns to thank the woman, and ends up having an affair with her.

The film is told in flashbacks. And in 1966 we meet up with Michael Berg again. He is attending law school and as part of his course he attends the trial of a group of Nazi guards who are accused of letting 300 women die in a fire. One of those on trial is Hanna Schmitz, the woman he had the affair with.

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The Gunslinger

ISBN: 0340829753
Book 1 of The Dark Tower series.
Read for the RIP III Challenge

Image of The GunslingerThis is the first book in King’s seven book series, The Dark Tower, which I’ve been meaning to get started on for a good while now. It is labelled as a fantasy series, but with King you always[1] get some form of horror. And for that reason I decided to add this to my RIP challenge reading list.[2] The Gunslinger introduces the reader to Roland of Gilead, the gunslinger of the title, and the world in which he lives. It echoes many things of our world, maybe at some point in the future, after the world has “moved on”

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Linknotes:

  1. of course by always I mean usually. There are exceptions.
  2. I had listed two Meyer books, but after reading them I figured that they really really dont fit in with the whole horror genre. At some point I’ll get around to reviewing them

Memory and Dream

Image of Memory and DreamsISBN: 0330339591
Once Upon a Time Challenge
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Katherine Mulley had been dead for five years and two months, the morning Isabelle received the letter from her.

I’ve read a few of De Lint’s books in recent years (and how old does typing that make me feel) but I think this may be my favourite so far. It tells the story of Isabelle Copley, an artist who has, in many ways, retreated from the world to live in isolation on an island, and the beings her paintings breathe life into. The story takes place over twenty years, and a lot is told through flashbacks, as well as the odd journal entry. The majority of the story we see through Isabelle’s eyes (though not in first person), but there are few others who have bits and pieces to tell us as well. The use of flashbacks and these different narrators means that the reader is never sure what happened in the past. Important events seem so different depending on the character, but it never gets so frustrating that I wanted the author to have used a different story-telling device.

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Moonlight 1.01

Look, this is a new series with a vampire detective, so I hereby promise that there will be many and varied references to how much I miss Angel[1] but it does have Jason Dohring, so I’m keeping an open mind. As always with my telly recaps, beware of spoilers, cause they won’t be hidden.

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Linknotes:

  1. cause I really really do. Angel rawks! and repeats on SciFiUk just arent the same