A quiet place

Imagine a world where you couldn’t make a sound. No talking, no laughing. Not even walking with shoes on. A world where the response to noise is death. No imagine being a parent and trying to raise three children in that world. Sounds almost impossible. All the actors are just great in this, Blunt in […]

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Wild : a journey from lost to found

Sometimes the blurb of a book can be a tad off putting. I remember when I first became aware of Wild : a journey from lost to found a few years ago. It became very popular at the library and we had a fair few requests for it. But the description did absolutely nothing for […]

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The Tea Master and the Detective

A book in the The Universe of Xuya I do love the idea of ships as people. I really enjoyed Anne McCaffrey’s The Ship Who series way back in the way off times when I read it. It’s just a fascinating idea, a space ship with all the computing power of an AI, but still […]

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The lost steersman

The Steerswoman series ; book 3 Last year I read and really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but for some reason it has taken me almost a year to get around to book 3. This series all follows the same story, so you’ll need to read them in order. I really enjoyed […]

The cat who walked a thousand miles

Read it online at Tor.

reread in April, 2018 and loved it just as much.

A long time ago in Japan, when cats were new there, an earthquake shook Small Cat’s home, and her city caught fire. In escaping the fire she ran too far from her home and her fudoki. “The fudoki was the collection of stories about all the cats who had lived in a place. It described what made it a home, and what made the cats a family.” In fleeing the fire the Small Cat gets lost in the city but decides to follow the story of her aunts, The Cat Who Came From the North. And so she heads North. But she goes too far and soon is so far from home that she thinks she will never find her way to her fudoki again.

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The wild places

In this book Robert Macfarlane sets out to find the wild places of Britain and Ireland, if there are any left. He believes that somewhere on these islands there must be places far from the reach of humanity where the wilderness still exists, and he sets out to discover them, to create a word map […]

from The Wild Places

So few wild creatures, relatively, remain in Britain and Ireland: so few, relatively, in the world. Pursuing our project of civilisation, we have pushed thousands of species towards the brink of disappearance, and many thousands more over that edge. The loss, after it is theirs, is ours. Wild animals, like wild places, are invaluable to […]

March 2018 roundup

In March I read 8 books, 2 by men (yearly total 7) and 6 by women (yearly total 16). 1 was a non-fiction title, 1 was a children’s picture book. And I’m finding it every difficult to pick just one to recommend. Mayhem by Sigrid Rausing was a fascinating look at the impact of drug […]

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This history of bees

translated by Diane Oatley Bees are pretty cool insects. They are also pretty damn important. Insects in general are essential to the world we know, so maybe think twice before spraying those insecticides and getting rid of all the dandelions in your lawn. We need insects1 so we should be paying more attention to their […]