The Selkie’s mate

Shadows and Light ; 3 That traditional selkie story, where the fisherman finds a selkie, hides the skin and gains a wife have always been a bit ick. I mean, its a rape story, sanitised to make it somewhat palatable. But there have been retellings, an attempt to get another view point out there, Margo […]

Triangle

One of the great things about working in a library is that you come across books that you usually would have no reason to really look at. Like children’s books, especially picture books. I don’t think I’ve ever gone browsing the pictures books section of any shop, but I always love looking at them when […]

Spoonbenders

The Amazing Telemachus Family were about to reach dizzying heights of fame and fortune in the 1970s, when a live television magic display went all wrong and they were revealed as nothing but tricksters. Now, two decades on the family are still dealing with the fall-out from what happened then. Only they weren’t tricksters, they […]

War for the Oaks

Emma Bull is an author I have been meaning to read for a long time. She was one of the first to start the whole sub-genre of urban fantasy. And although urban fantasy can contain rubbish so can any other genre, it also contains gems. War for the Oaks was not one the books that […]

Pyramids

Discworld series ; #7 I think this might be the first Terry Pratchett book I ever read. I certainly recall reading it, but I don’t think I’ve ever reread it, and only remember the vaguest of details. Assassins and pyramids and time, that’s what popped into my brain. Set in Djelibaybi, a Discworld version of […]

The Power

First rec’d by Abigail Nussbaum – Strange Horizons When I first read about The Power I was both intrigued and a little put-off by the premise; women suddenly develop the ability to generate electric bolts and use them as a weapon, similar to how electric eels operate. This obviously has serious repercussions in society as […]

The Pearl Thief

Back in 2012 I read and loved Code Name Verity, so when I saw that this was a prequel to that story I had to read it. But if you have never Verity you can still read this. It works perfectly well as a stand alone novel, a tale of mysterious disappearances, possible thefts and […]

H is for hawk

I added this book to my TBR pile way back when it won the Costa Book of the Year award. That was in January 2015, so it has taken me more than two years to get to it. But get to it I did. And it is simply wonderful. Such a great book, I cannot […]

The Last family in England

Also published as The Labrador Pact. I really had no idea what to expect from this book, it was simply sitting with the returns at the library and looked vaguely interesting. Plus I follow Haig on twitter despite having read only one of his books, The Radleys.1 So I picked this up. It is such […]

The serpent and the goddess

Using Ireland as a case study, this book provides an account of the decline of matriarchal power in Western civilizations and analyzes its implications for today’s women and today’s Catholic Church. From the age of Eve to the age of Brigit to the age of Mary, the author traces the rise of patriarchial consciousness. Mary […]

Ammonite

Change or die. These are the only options available on the planet Jeep. Centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Now, generations after the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, a company arrives to exploit Jeep–and its forces find themselves […]

The diaries of Nella Last : writing in war & peace

This collection brings together into a single volume the best of Nella Last’s prolific outpourings, including a great deal of new, unpublished material from the war years. Capturing the everyday trials and horrors of wartime Britain and the nation’s transition into peacetime and beyond, Nella’s touching and often humorous narrative provides an invaluable historical portrait […]