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 […]

All systems red

The Murderbot diaries : 1 – Read an extract. Way back in January Kameron Hurley posted about a list of books that she had preordered, and this one sounded just awesome. I mean, the series is called The Murderbot Diaries. That was pretty much enough for me to pre-order it, especially as it is a […]

River of Teeth

River of Teeth book 1 In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true. Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a […]

Passing Strange

San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World’s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer “authentic” experiences, straight from the pages […]

Six Wakes

I first heard about Six Wakes on Kameron Hurley’s blog. And then on John Scalzi’s Big Idea, and I thought it sounded intriguing. So I went ahead and ordered it. And then I read about it on The Book Smugglers, and I thought, right I’d better read this one. And then it arrived in the […]

Ninefox Gambit

Machineries of Empire ; book 1 …the battle of wits between a disgraced captain and her undead advisor, a brilliant tactician and mass murderer who might be out to kill her next. (as described by the author on Terrible Minds) I tend not to read/listen to reviews before I read a book. I skim the […]

The red : first light

Book 1 in The Red trilogy ; part of my 2016 Sci-Fi experience (review site here) Lieutenant James Shelley never wanted to be a soldier. But life happened, and he made some choices, and then had one forced upon him. Military service or jail. He chose the military life. And now he is out in […]

We are all completely beside ourselves

Rosemary Cooke is at college in California. She has no real friends to speak of. Her house mate Ted, maybe, but she isn’t sure. Then she encounters Harlow, a drama student who excels at drama. As in, over the top drama of day to day living. When they first meet both end up getting arrested. […]

on a red station drifitng

On a red station, drifting

Ever since she arrived on Prosper Station Quyen has been welcomed by the Honoured Ancestress, the artificial intelligence that runs the station. Now that her husband has been called away to war Quyen is in charge, being guided by the Honoured Ancestress and taking care of the family. It is the same war that has […]

2011 Nebula Nominees You Can Read For Free | The Mary Sue

From The Mary Sue here are the 2011 Nebula Nominees that you can read for free: Novellas “Kiss Me Twice” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s Science Fiction, June 2011) “Silently and Very Fast” by Catherynne M. Valente (WFSA Press; Clarkesworld Magazine, October 2011) “The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Science Fiction, […]

Little, Big

ISBN: 0413513505 See also: Spike Magazine This book, one of the classics of fantasy literature, did absolutely nothing for me. Okay, that is a slight exageration, because there were some touches that appealed to me. The whole fairy tale atmosphere. The house of different fronts. The randomness of so much of it. And even the […]