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: Fallen Empire – Keith McArdle
The digest: a heavily simplified fantasy novel with interesting ideas that just about misses the mark. If you don't mind extraordinarily fast character progression and a simplified plot, then you might enjoy this one.
Review: The Temptation of King Midas (Alcyon #2) – Richard Marazano and Christophe Ferreira (Illustrator)
The digest: building on everything that made the first volume so enjoyable, I cannot recommend this comic book highly enough to anyone with an interest in Greek myths and retellings. If you have read my review for Alcyon #1, you already know pretty much everything I'm going to say here.
TBR BC: The Next 5 Female-Authored Books I’m Reading in 2019 (#1)
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: Lumberjanes Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy
The digest: A remarkably fun and light-hearted graphic novel with a strong presence of speculative fiction elements. If you are after an easily-digested, fast-paced middle-grade series, Lumberjanes might be just what you are after.
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.
My Favourite Five Books of 2018
Here it is, folks. My Favourite Five Books of 2018
Review: City of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab
The digest: a fun little children’s story which would appeal to readers looking for a break from more serious narratives without losing all sense of mystery and danger. Not great but not awful.
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