a desert scene, mountains and dust. A lone figure, tiny against the scenery in the bottom corner.

Carnival nine

Published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies ; Issue #225, May 11, 2017 This is a wonderful story. I actually don’t want to say anything at all about it, because I think not knowing any details is best. So that’s all I’m going to say. Just read it, you won’t be disappointed.

The high mountains of Portugal

This book. I just. Okay, to start with I wasn’t sure I was even going to finish it. Tomás and his fridged wife and his walking backwards. And his troubles with the car. But midway through his story it seemed to click with me and I really started to enjoy it. In a way I […]

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

First read in December 2004, reread in July 2017. I loved this book when I first read it. And loved the tv adaptation that came out last year1 so when Aarti suggested a reread I thought it was a great idea. One of the main reasons I haven’t reread it before now is that the […]

Ha’penny

Small Change : book 2 In 1949, eight years after the “Peace with Honor” was negotiated between Great Britain and Nazi Germany by the Farthing Set, England has completed its slide into fascist dicatorship. Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb. The brilliant but politically compromised Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard is assigned the […]

Hild

Book 1 of The Light of the World trilogy. The world is always changing, but Britain in the seventh century was a time of huge upheaval in society. Christianity is beginning to make inroads. Kings are beginning to consolidate territories. War is everywhere, and might makes right. In such a world how is a widow […]

Nimona

Lord Blackheart is, as you might suspect from the name, an evil villain. The biggest name in supervillainy! and one day a young girl appears outside his lair, she’s intent on being his sidekick. Nothing he can say or do can dissuade her from joining him. Although following his orders might be a little beyond […]

The Children of Green Knowe

Green Knowe series #1 Usually Toseland spends the holidays in boarding school, his father and stepmother are in Burma, but on this occasion he is off to spend Christmas with his great-grandmother. He has never met her before, and understandably, is a little nervous about heading off all by himself. He is seven years old […]

Seeking Whom He May Devour

Reread in April 2015 and it was just as good as I remembered. Original review from 22nd April 2006. ISBN: 0098461560 Trans from the French: David Bellos Yes again a cover influenced purchase, so I am glad to report that a good cover can lead to a good read too. I really enjoyed this book. […]

The voice that thunders

Earlier this year I read The Owl Service by Alan Garner, and I had many many thoughts about it, and I enjoyed it a huge amount even if I wasn’t sure if I got everything that was going on. I will reread it at some point. But then I was ordering books at work and […]

Jackalope Wives

I’m terrible at reading magazines I have discovered. I have a subscription to Apex and I don’t think I’ve read more than one or two stories over the past year. But when Ursula Vernon has a story, well, I gotta read that. And you can too, because it is available free to read online. Jackalope […]

The Ransom of Dond

Illustrated by Pam Smy Darra lives on the island of Inniscaul is a small island off the coast of Eriu, or Ireland. And it is her fate to be sacrificed to Dond, for she is the thirteenth child born to her mother. Long ago Dond cursed the island with fear of death and a desire […]