Women & power

Hearing the latest sex abuse scandal or the latest supposedly feminist man revealed as a jerk using his power and position for sexual gain can sometimes make consuming the news feel like a punch to the gut. But, as I tell myself again and again, the fact that these stories are coming out and being […]

Birdsong

The French trilogy ; 2 Set before, during, and after World War 1 Birdsong tells the story of a young Englishman. Staring before the war in France where he starts a passionate affair with a married woman. There is a jump in time and we meet Stephen in the trenches, and that storyline is then […]

Part of the cover image for The Silver tide by Jen Williams. Has two dragons in flight.

The silver tide

The Copper Cat trilogy ; book 3 As this is book three in a trilogy you really should read the books in order. And if you enjoy action and adventurer fantasy quests then you’ll probably enjoy this series. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Personally I think that each book […]

Part of the cover image of The new friend by Jenny Colgan, features two girls one holding a puffin the other a parrot.

The new friend

Polly and the Puffin ; book 3 I haven’t read any of the others in this series, but if they are all like this then they are cute little stories about a girl and her puffin, with lovely illustrations. I’d say they are suitable for either reading aloud to children, or for children who are […]

Gnomon

I loved this book. Loved it. But I am totally aware that this is not a book that everyone will enjoy. It starts out with Inspector Neith investigating a death in custody. Her method of investigation includes reliving the mind of the deceased. And so we are introduced to Diana Hunter, a woman who refused […]

Guards! Guards!

Discworld series #8 / The City Watch series #1 This is the book. The one that really made me love the Discworld ‘verse. In this we first meet Sam Vimes and Ankh-Morpork’s Night Watch, and it really is some of the best of Pratchett’s writing. Blending social commentary with humour and insight. It is wonderful. […]

The Ice

It is the near future and the ice caps are melting. The Arctic sea ice is gone, as are almost all the polar bears. But not the tourists. They come in their droves, the wealthy, looking for that great symbol of the north. What they find is a dead body. Tom Harding’s body. He had […]

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

I started reading this book because my book club chose it. I don’t think that I would have picked it up based on the blurb. And at first I thought that I wouldn’t like it at all. I found Eleanor irritating and annoying, and the way she was written didn’t make me interested in finding […]

The Selkie’s mate

Shadows and Light ; 3 That traditional selkie story, where the fisherman finds a selkie, hides the skin and gains a wife have always been a bit ick. I mean, its a rape story, sanitised to make it somewhat palatable. But there have been retellings, an attempt to get another view point out there, Margo […]

Pyramids

Discworld series ; #7 I think this might be the first Terry Pratchett book I ever read. I certainly recall reading it, but I don’t think I’ve ever reread it, and only remember the vaguest of details. Assassins and pyramids and time, that’s what popped into my brain. Set in Djelibaybi, a Discworld version of […]

The Power

First rec’d by Abigail Nussbaum – Strange Horizons When I first read about The Power I was both intrigued and a little put-off by the premise; women suddenly develop the ability to generate electric bolts and use them as a weapon, similar to how electric eels operate. This obviously has serious repercussions in society as […]

I am Pilgrim

Where to start talking about this book? Well, I didn’t get off to a great start with it, because something about it style of writing just didn’t agree with me. And then in chapter three someone was described as having an “Asian accent”, and that threw me out of the book as I wondered what […]