I thought I’d better make one of these posts explaining where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing in Chester at FantasyCon this weekend, just in case anyone has any interest. I’m on three panels with absolutely lovely folk, all of which I’m very much looking forward to, and I have a reading with some […]
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Where do I begin? Perhaps with a blog post I wrote a few years ago, about how a book I loved went out on sub and got many nibbles but no offers and how it broke my heart a little bit? Yeah, we’ll start there. Reader, Coil was that book. Is the message here ‘never […]
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Let us begin by getting my squees about my book cover out of the way. It is BEAUTIFUL and I love it! Here’s a linky to the reveal post on the Barnes and Noble SFF blog and a sneaky excerpt introducing Shock and Mim. There’s a pre-order button on there, so if you’d like it […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld plus a wee linky to my beautiful book cover!"
This week, the last week of my Shirley Jackson marathon, we’re going to be looking at The Bird’s Nest. This is my all time favourite Jackson book, it’s the scariest, both in terms of psychology and bone chilling horror. Let me explain, as there are those who heartily disagree with that statement. Elizabeth is having […]
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This was a book that hooked me on the blurb but then almost lost me in the initial reveal. Rosemary is in college, she never talks about her family so no one knows how dysfunctional her parents are, or that her brother has been missing for years, or that when she was little, she lost […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 36: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler"
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 […]
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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"
This is a book of short stories by Murakami and possesses all of his usual magic in the every day and some of the usual supernatural touches he handles so very well. There were some stories I didn’t gel with but I still enjoyed the writing of course. Most of these stories were excellent and […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 30: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami"
If you’ve seen the trailer for the upcoming film, you’ll know the subject here is a sensitive one. A woman snatched off the streets and held prisoner for nefarious reasons, who ends up giving birth to a boy called Jack and raising him in a tiny room. We join them as Jack reaches his fifth […]
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