Outside the gates

I’ve loved every Molly Gloss book I’ve read since I first encountered her work in The hearts of horses back in 2014. She just has this wonderful way of writing a story. She gets to the heart of her books in a wonderfully descriptive way. Her style of storytelling is perfect for me as a […]

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 […]

The Phoenix on the Sword

Conan short stories ; 1 All I know about Conan comes from the Arnie film, so it was surprise to read this and come across Conan already a king. But this is the first Conan story, in publication order, his history was later filled in by Howard in other stories and tales. Although I am […]

a figure in a spacesuit tumbles through the docking bay of a space station with a spacecraft behind

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 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 […]

Circe

I have only read parts of The Odyssey; while I know the general story and many of the episodes I would not say that I know the full story. But I did know the name Circe, although I think I had her story confused with Calyspo’s. Not that I knew either all that well. But […]

Rogue protocol

The Murderbot Diaries ; book 3 This is another book that I’ve had on preorder ever since I knew it was coming out. I loved the first two Murderbot books, The Cloud Roads was pretty damn entertaining too. So I’d count myself as a fan of Martha Wells. Rogue Protocol picks up after the events […]

Record of a spaceborn few

Wayfarers ; book 3 I really loved the other book by Chambers that I’ve read. They were just wonderful. So of course I had this on pre-order and started reading it as soon as I could. It tells the story of the descendents of those who left Earth on the Fleet. The people who were […]

An oil strike is visible in the distance, the soil is red and barren.

Killers of the Flower Moon

If you want to read a book that’ll really show how horrific people can be to one another then this is it. It tells the story of the murders of Mollie Burkhart’s family. They were all members of the Osage tribe; in the 1920s they were among the richest people in the world. And yet […]

A red sand desert, featureless, Mars. In the distance a white slender tower

The Martian obelisk

Humanity is dying out. Climate change. Terrorism. Disease. People have accepted that these is no future, just a slow decline and then they’ll be no more. The colonies on Mars have resulted in death, there will be no new missions to Mars. Humanity is resigned to extinction. Susannah doesn’t have any more hope than anyone […]

Sun, Moon, Dust

First published by Uncanny A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy in May 2017. Okay, this is wonderful. There is something about Ursula Vernon’s writing that just works so well with my brain. I love her no nonsense characters, and her gentle subverting of tropes. Well, not always gentle, there can be trampling underfoot of […]