The Broken God continues to build on the excellence of the other books in The Black Iron Legacy series and - unsurprisingly - leaves me desperate to see what Hanrahan will do with the overarching narrative. It’s flipping fantastic.
Book Chat: July 2020 Wrap Up
Taking a look at what Goodreads says that I finished in July, I was actually quite productive (reading-wise, at least!). Let's have a look at what I read and what my thoughts are. I'm always trying out new formats, so this will be a quite short post with the books listed in order of completion… Continue reading Book Chat: July 2020 Wrap Up
BC: October 2019 TBR
Here's a rather optimistic (if loosely-planned) TBR for OCtober 2019. Please point me toward your own TBRs for this month - I've been slacking a bit on the blogging
Review: Space Opera (Space Opera #1) – Catherynne M. Valente
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
Review: All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) – Martha Wells
The digest: a solid space opera novella, well-deserving of its hype and awards. If you're looking to get into science fiction then this is an excellent introduction with a fun story and interesting characters.
Review: Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince – V.E. Schwab and Andrea Olimpieri
112 pages | Titan Comics | Fantasy, Graphic Novel This is an honest review. It's also a negative review. The digest: My most disappointing read of 2019 (so far). This graphic novel had every chance of being one of my favourites, but shoddy writing and a woefully underexplored story make it entirely forgettable. … Continue reading Review: Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince – V.E. Schwab and Andrea Olimpieri
Review: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – Patricia A. McKillip
208 pages | Gollancz | Fantasy, SFF
The digest: a true modern classic. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld should be every fantasy fan's next novel. It's emotive, enthralling, and massively enjoyable. This book is what I would call 'pure' fantasy - it tells a story quite unlike anything else I have read and reminds me of how I used to romanticise the genre - but this time I think the hype is justified. In the same breath, it is both innovative and familiar and I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this novel.
Review: Radioactive Evolution – Richard Hummel
The digest: a great introduction to the litRPG genre. Give this one a look if you're a fan of RPG, dragons, and defined methods of characters growing stronger. Radioactive Evolution is a solid, entertaining read suitable for most fantasy fans.
Review: Tiger – Polly Clark
The digest: Tiger is a compelling study of what people and animals will do in order to survive. It's poetic in its language and clear in its storytelling. If you are after a novel which forces you to confront your own limits and ideologies, look no further.
Review: To Be Taught, If Fortunate – Becky Chambers
The digest: Chambers has once again knocked it out of the park. To Be Taught, If Fortunate is a highly political exploration of the human condition, following a four-person crew on their mission to visit distant planets around the turn of the 22nd Century. In just over 130 pages the author forces us to address our own views on grief, sexuality, justice, and the pursuit of knowledge. The writing is of Chambers' usual excellent quality, and her story is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. Highly recommended!