Rosemary and Rue

An October Daye novel #1 Reread in May 2014, also for this year’s Once Upon a Time Challenge. And it was just as enjoyable the second time round. Toby has a wonderful voice and character. Read for the Once Upon a Time VI challenge In 1995 October Daye made a mistake. Trailing a “bad guy” […]

The Book Thief

At the end of the nineteen thirties in Germany a little girl travelled with her mother and brother on the train. The children were being sent to live with foster parents. Their mother could no longer take care of them. But en route the little boy dies. This is the first death in a book […]

Address Unknown

Reread for my book club. And on second read it is just as powerful, if not more so than on first reading. Original review from 2010 below ISBN: 978028563293 ; DDC: 813.54 Read for the 1930’s Mini-Challenge Author’s wiki page Address Unknown is a very slight book. It is told in letters between Max Eisenstein […]

Seraphina

Seraphina has lived her life hiding the truth about who she is; a half-dragon. Her mother died in childbirth, and until that moment her father never knew that the woman he loved was a dragon in human form. Interbreeding is reviled, the products of such a relationship are despised abominations, sins made flesh. And so […]

The Island of Doctor Moreau

Read/Download for free from The University of Adelaide Read for Coursera Sci-Fi course & for RIP VII After his death the nephew of a Mr. Edward Prendick found a strange account among his papers. It was known that Prendick had been cast adrift after the ship he was on sank. The tale he told his […]

The death of grass

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge It is the 1950s, and a devastating virus is sweeping Asia. It attacks grass, and grass feeds the world. Wheat is grass. And cows, sheep, etc all live on grass. At first people in Britain watch in horror as it strikes at the wheat supplies in […]

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Zoo City

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. Zinzi December finds lost things. That’s her shavi, the gift she received, along with her Sloth, for her crime. No one really knows where the animals come from, or what the Undertow is, but everyone knows that is what is […]

The Stainless Steel Rat omnibus

  1. The stainless steel rat
  2. The stainless steel rat’s revenge
  3. The stainless steel rat saves the world

Read for The Sci Fi Experience 2011

When I spotted this in Chapters bookshop I knew I had to buy it, if only because it is the inspiration for Carl’s blog. Plus, you know, it is one of those sci-fi adventures that you really should have at least flicked through at some stage.

Slippery Jim is our narrator, and our hero, of sorts. He is also the Stainless Steel Rat, or at least that is how he describes himself. Slipping through the technological world and committing many daring acts of thievery and innumerable cons. Safe and secure in the knowledges that his wits, charm and logic will get him out of danger. Until, that is, he is caught. The Special Corps, so special that no one is really sure they exist until, of course, they catch you, succeed in arresting him. But instead of throwing him in jail, or punishing him they offer him a job. Come and work for them. So he does, after all, he was never a bad man, just one who wanted his bit of freedom.

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A vindication of the rights of woman

In the present state of society, it appears necessary to go back to first principles in search of the most simple truths, and to dispute with some prevailing prejudice every inch of ground.

eBook number 3420 ; Read for A Year of Feminist Classics ; Quotes.

This is one of the earliest books of feminist writing out there. In it Wollstonecraft argues in favour of the rights of women, in favour of educating women, in favour of treating men and women equally. But because it was written so long ago, 1792, a lot of what she has to say sounds very out-dated and obvious to modern readers. Or at least I hope it does. As such it was a good choice to start of the Year of Feminist Classics, as it does a great job at setting the scene. And of showing how far we have come. Although it could be argued that we have a lot further to go.

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I kill giants

9781607061724 ; Illus. by JM Ken Niimura
Read for the Graphic Novels challenge

Barbara Thorson doesn’t need career day. She already has a career, that of giant-killer. She tells her teacher and class this fact, for some reason they don’t believe her. She’s regarded as a freak. And is friendless as school, until a new girl shows up while Barbara is out setting giant traps. They slowly become friends, but things don’t really improve for Barbara. Her father is absent. Her sister out at work all day, and then stressed, and a bad cook. And her mother…

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River secrets

Book 3 of The Books of Bayern Read as part of the Once Upon a time IV challenge Official author site At the end of Enna Burning was had come to an end, but, as in reality, that doesn’t mean it is the end of all hostility between nations. River Secrets begins with an attempt […]