I didn’t write one of these when everyone else did as, well, I’m a neophyte and rather imagined it wouldn’t be necessary to shout out either the fact that I’m actually at the con, or that I have a panel. But hey, I’M ACTUALLY AT THIS CON, and I’m both super excited and pants-wettingly terrified […]Read more "Fantasycon 2015 – Where on earth will I be?"
Well… this one is about memory, the day to day of living with the memory problems that come along with mental illness and with complex PTSD’s shrinking of the hippocampus and amygdala (I only assume this is behind some of my difficulties – I do not know for sure). It got a bit real if […]Read more "MHM Recovery 12"
So this week’s book is magical realism for the modern age, and it’s delightful. Meche returns to Mexico City in 2009 after the death of her father, to attend his funeral and to sort his personal effects. She’s not seen him or spoken to him in twenty years, and hasn’t been back to Mexico City […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 35: Signal To Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia"
Following on (of course) from The Fractal Prince, we find Jean le Flambeur and Mieli off in separate directions and a whole load of trouble brewing. Jean feels he owes it to Mieli to find her and rescue her, and in his machinations manages (big surprise) to make even more trouble and mess everything up. […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 34: The Causal Angel by Hannu Rajaniemi"
Today I’m tackling the issue of self harm. I went through a period of self harming that had something to do with being given the wrong medication, something to do with a feeling I needed to externalize my illness to see it legitamized and a long-standing Mexican stand-off with the idea of self harming in […]Read more "MHM Recovery – 11 – Self Harm"
The Fractal Prince is the second book in Rajaniemi’s brilliant post-humanist trilogy, following on from the Quantum Thief. In TQT our protagonist Jean Le Flambeur is trapped in a Dilemma prison after attempting to break into the mind of the Maelstrom. He’s rescued by Mieli (an Oortian – by adoption) in her spidership Perhonen (who […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 33: The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi"
I was intrigued by the hoo-haa aorund this book, the suggestion that it might be somewhat extreme, also by a few reviews on amazon that suggested the things suffered by the character Jude were excessive and therefore unrealistic. That latter is patently nonsense, but I wanted to form my own opinion and to see if […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 32: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara"