And the ocean was our sky

This is a beautiful book. Even if you have no interest in reading it I would recommend you pick it up and just flick through the art. Cai does a wonderful job of depicting the world of the whales. Really really beautiful. The book itself is a retelling of Moby Dick, only from the perspective […]

So lucky

Handheld Modern ; 2 I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read by Griffith, and she has written in a wide variety of genres, science, historical, and mystery, and that’s just the books I’ve read by her. So I would highly recommend you read anything by her. Her writes sucks you into the world she creates and […]

The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories

Doesn’t Christmas feel a long time ago, but that isn’t true, it was less than a month ago. In the leadup I started reading this collection of Victorian Christmas ghost stories, and only finished them this week. Hence the slightly unseasonable title. There are thirteen stories in this collection, all first published in magazines and […]

Tin Man

My book club chose this for the January meeting, and although I hadn’t even started it when the book club met at the beginning of the month I thought I’d give it a try anyway. I do remember seeing very positive mentions of it online last year but never felt the inclination to read it. […]

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 […]

Eggshells

I first noticed Eggshells when it arrived at work, with those hints about changelings and fairy tale echoes. But I didn’t pick it up at the time. It was only more recently when the author was named as winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2018 that I decided I’d give it a go. […]

Us against you

originally published as Vi mot er; translated by Neil Smith Beartown ; book 2 It has been a while since I read this. I think I finished it at the start of the month, but I am only finding the time to blog about it now. I’ve been falling behind lately. Monthly updates are way […]

In the Vanishers’ palace

How do people survive after colonisation and enslavement? What happens to a society that has been stamped out when those invaders leave, and all that remains is damage and pain? It’s a fascinating question, and I would gladly read more about the post-Vanishers world that de Boddard has created for this novella, because although that […]

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Exit strategy

Murderbot diaries ; 4 I love these books. They just feel so warm and comforting, like a hug, despite the fact that the narrator describes themselves as a murderbot and there are many threats and violent incidents. There’s just something about them that makes them feel cosy. And I really really do NOT mean that […]

The scandal

also published as Beartown I was going to say that I recently read Backman’s breakout novel A man called Over, but then I checked the blog and discovered that it was back in 2015! well I suppose that’s very recent if you are talking about the age of the world. Ove was a book club […]

The Kingdom of Gods

The Inheritance trilogy ; book 3 Oh my god, you totally need to read this series. It is so awesome and just plain great. Go read it. Am I overselling it with that? No, no I am not. It is wonderful. Read it. It is the third book in a trilogy, so really I should […]