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The language of power

The Steerswoman series ; 4 If you haven’t read the previous books in the series then this is not the place to start. Go back to book one and follow Rowan and Bel on their journey from the start. You’ll love it. I love the way that this is a story all about knowledge and […]

The wonder engine

The Clocktaur War ; book 2 Some books are just great fun. You sit down to see what they’re like and before you know it you’ve read the whole book and are wishing you would’ve slowed down a bit because now it is over. I loved the first book, and this sequel is just as […]

Black Panther

This film is so awesome. I loved it. I mean, I’d heard good things before I went, although I did try to ignore most of it because pre-hype doesn’t work for me. I’d watched the trailer, but not too many times, just to whet my appetite. And I had enjoyed T’Chella’s part in Civil War, […]

Clockwork Boys

The Clocktaur War ; book 1 Any book by Ursula Vernon (aka T. Kingfihser) is one that I want to read, and as I back her on Patreon I have had access to this one for quite a while, I’m not sure why I didn’t get around to this one yet. Probably because I’m very […]

Blade Runner 2049

Sequel to Blade Runner Set thirty years after the first Blade Runner, this film is not set in our future, but in an alternate future. One that is bleak and brutal and offers very little hope. At least that is the situation on earth. All those who could have left earth and gone Off-World, leaving […]

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

First read in December 2004, reread in July 2017. I loved this book when I first read it. And loved the tv adaptation that came out last year1 so when Aarti suggested a reread I thought it was a great idea. One of the main reasons I haven’t reread it before now is that the […]

Keeping the world away

Lost, found, stolen, strayed, sold, fought over… This engrossing, beautifully crafted novel follows the fictional adventures, over a hundred years, of an early 20th-century painting and the women whose lives it touches. … Quintessential Forster, this is a novel about women’s lives, about what it means and what it costs to be both a woman […]

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

Rec’d by Maggie Stiefvater on her tumblr. When I read the first few lines of Stiefvater’s review of The Secret Horses of Briar Hill I knew I had to try it. A book that feels like “it has always existed” with winged horses! How could I resist. And those wonderful illustrations. So I finally got […]

Tony and Susan

Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she’s enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor’s wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband’s first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, […]

A Closed and Common Orbit

Wayfarers ; #2 Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s […]

The Lesser Bohemians

Upon her arrival in London, an 18-year-old Irish girl begins anew as a drama student, with all the hopes of any young actress searching for the fame she’s always dreamed of. She struggles to fit in—she’s young and unexotic, a naive new girl—but soon she forges friendships and finds a place for herself in the […]