In order to try and maintain a 50/50 split of male to female authors this year, I'm going to be periodically making posts like this, where I discuss the next five books from female authors that I want to read. I think that breaking goals down into smaller chunks makes them easier to manage, and… Continue reading TBR BC: The Next 5 Female-Authored Books I’m Reading in 2019 (#1)
Review: record of a spaceborn few – Becky Chambers
The digest: the final Wayfarers book does not disappoint. With the same high-quality worldbuilding and character development as previous novels, fans of the previous books cannot afford to miss out on record of a spaceborn few.
Review: The Bastard from Fairyland (The Knights’ Protocol #1) – Phil Parker
The digest: an entertaining Arthurian-inspired grim fantasy series with realistic, bloody violence, a diverse range of characters, and a wealth of Fae politics thrown in for good measure. It’s splendidly brutal.
Series Review: The Saga of Darren Shan – Darren Shan
The digest: 4/5 if you’re after an easily-digested kids’ fantasy/horror series then look no further
Review: They Mosty Come Out At Night – Benedict Patrick
The digest: In just over 200 pages Patrick creates an immersive yet lightweight narrative with a keen focus on localised worldbuilding. Through folklore and mysticism we learn about a world not too unlike our own in times gone by where tribal gods and their servants are very much a real part of life.
November 2018 reading update
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a reading update but I thought that some of you might be interested in the books.
[Short] Review: The Breaking of the Sky – Ed McDonald
4/5. I am now eager to hunt down a copy of Blackwing (the first entry in this series) and find out exactly what on earth happened at the end of The Breaking of the Sky. I don't feel as if I missed out by not already having that prior knowledge, instead, with the nods to and omissions of certain details acting as perfect points of intrigue and make me want to pick up the series.
Review: Three Crows Magazine Issue 1
Review: Three Crows Magazine Issue 1 4/5| Speculative Fiction| 78 pages Three Crows Magazine (that’s a direct link to their site) is a recently released publication from a team of three editors and a multitude of different authors, focusing on fantasy and science-fiction in particular with interviews and reviews joining the fray. I paid… Continue reading Review: Three Crows Magazine Issue 1
Review: Vicious – V.E. Schwab
The digest: a highly entertaining, action-packed, thrilling superhero (or supervillain) novel with an original take on what can go wrong when people with certain… abilities come to loggerheads. Take a look if you're a fan of traditional superhero stories, you won't regret it. I listened to the audiobook narrated by the superb Noah Michael Levine.
Review: Protecting the Dead – Katherine Gilbert
The digest: a fun and uplifting fantasy/romance novel that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to people looking for a less serious foray into a supernatural setting.