352 pages | Corsair | Read by Heath Miller for HighBridge Company| Science Fiction, Space Opera, Humour, SFF I read this as part of 2019's Space Opera September Readathon (TBR here). The digest: Space Opera is a rather perplexing novel which sometimes reads more like an encyclopaedia than a fiction story. This is sometimes good, sometimes bad, but overall… Continue reading Review: Space Opera (Space Opera #1) – Catherynne M. Valente
BC: August 2019 TBR
After a long period of slow reading, in August I'm planning on cracking on with eight books. Check them out!
Review: The Wolf in the Whale – Jordanna Max Brodsky
The digest: A thought-provoking myth-retelling which I encourage you all to pick up. If you like how meticulous Gaiman's research and writing is, then you will be right at home here!
Review: Straight Outta Fangton – C.T. Phipps
The digest: A highly entertaining paranormal urban fantasy showing the less glamorous side of vampiric life. This is not a serious tome focusing solely on vampirism and all it entails - though you will find gruesome and gritty elements here in heaps. It's a pop-culture referencing, smoothly written, funny, easily digestible, and highly recommended break away from both the overly-serious Dracula tales and the flowery Twilight books.
Review: A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin
The digest: I'm so glad to have finally entered into the world of Earthsea. Le Guin's story is fast-paced and splendidly-written, with clear overarching messages and nods towards philosophy throughout. I highly recommend you pick it up if you haven't already.
Review: Vengeful – V.E. Schwab
The digest: For me, Vengeful is an average novel which continually misses the bar set by Vicious. It isn't an awful book, but I wish there hadn't been so much hype around it.
BC: February 2019 TBR
I'll keep this short and sweet 🙂
Review: Aru Shah and the End of Time – Roshani Chokshi
The digest: if you liked the Percy Jackson series then you will most likely enjoy Aru Shah and the End of Time - a retelling of Hindu mythology where 21st Century kids are reincarnated heroes destined to save the world once again.
Review: The Gospel of Loki – Joanne M. Harris
The digest: As beautiful as the cover art is, I’m afraid to say that this book is average at best. I can’t recommend it to anyone even vaguely already familiar with Norse mythology, and there are better starting points for those with no pre-existing knowledge.
Review: This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab
The digest: This Savage Song, unfortunately, is nowhere near as entertaining or high quality as Schwab's other books. It is let down by its generic plot, poor pacing, and cringey dialogue.