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 […]

Euphoria

On the verge of suicide anthropologist Andrew Bankson bumps into Nell and Fen. They too are anthropologists, and are just about to head back to Australia, Fen’s homeland, after an expedition. Nell and Fen are a husband and wife team, although Nell is the more famous of the two. Before they met she published a […]

An earthly crown

I hate writing recaps of follow up books in a series. I never know what to give away about the previous book so I’ll just copy and paste the blurb from the author’s website : In An Earthly Crown, the nomadic tribes of the jaran are uniting the settled cities of their homeland one by […]

Jaran

Novels of the Jaran, book 1 The Chapalii empire rules over all the known galaxy. Earth and all her allies have been subsumed, not conquered, into it. But no humans have any real understanding of exactly how Chapalii culture or society works. After Earth’s one rebellion they rewarded the leader, Charles Soerenson, with a dukedom, […]

Liesmith

The Wyrd : book 1 Read an excerpt Sigmund Sussman works in I.T support, answering questions usually with the advice to “switch if off and then switch it back on again”. He lives at home with his Dad, his mother died when was young, and they work for the same company. Sigmund is a geek, […]

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The Scorpio Races

First read in August 2012, reread Oct 2014 as part of this year’s RIP reading1 . Near the village of Thisby on the island of Skarmouth lives Puck Connolly her two brothers. Her parents were killed a few years back, they went out on the boat fishing and the capaill uisce got them. And what, […]

Ascension

A Tangled Axon novel : #1 Part of my Diverse Universe reading. Alanna Quick is a sky-surgeon and she loves her job. Repairing spaceships, getting to know their beating hearts, is what makes her come alive. The only problem is that there is less and less work for her. The new technology of Transliminial Solutions […]

Triptych

When the aliens came it was nothing like the way science fiction and popular culture had predicted it. There was no invasion, instead they were refugees. Their own planet had collapsed, killing the majority, only a few escaped. Earth took them in and began to integrate them into human culture. Of course there were plenty […]

Wild Orchids

Lillie Sterling and her husband John are travelling to Java. A second honeymoon says Lillie, while for John it is all about the business. Even aboard ship he is constantly interrupted by urgent telegraphs and paperwork. He seems to take very little interest in his wife. Then Lillie encounters a man whipping his servant in […]

The treachery of beautiful things

Seven years ago Jenny and her brother were walking home one evening when the trees moved, and took her brother. Ever since she has had to deal with that fact, a fact that no one really believes. But now, she has decided, it is time for closure. To let the past be the past, to […]

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre’s parents die when she is an infant, and she is taken in by her uncle. Her uncle also dies, after obtaining a promise from his wife that she will care for Jane. So Mrs Reed is forced into looking after this unwanted child. And she punishes her for it. She never shows love […]