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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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"
A tale of philosophy, quantum physics, human connections, history, family, the destructive power of nature and our ability to influence one another. The story of Nao, told through the diary she writes and sends floating off out to sea, and Ruth, who finds the diary washed up on the shore of Vancouver island where she […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 24: A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki"
A little something different today, a compare and contrast of the film adaption of the book and the book itself. I know these are normally fairly redundant but in this case I felt there was a precedent, in that the choices made for the film are entirely bewildering given the richness and multilayered complexity of […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge: Book/film compare and contrast: Under The Skin"
Rather excited this week as my book deal was FINALLY announced on Publisher’s Marketplace. WOOT!! It’s a two book deal with Titan Books. The first book, ESCAPOLOGY, will be out in Autumn 2016 and VIROLOGY, the second, will be out in 2017! I’ll be popping up a blog about the whole thing next Monday or […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 21: Uprooted by Naomi Novik"
So I picked this book up as my Book With A Number In The Title because I was intrigued. Everyone’s been raving about it. It’s a paranormal thriller I suppose, though for me the payoff was a little underwhelming. Not that I was expecting massive creepy stuffs, just a little more meat to the ending […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 18: The Three by Sarah Lotz"
It’s my four year anniversary on WordPress today! Weird. And quite cool. Wanted to say WELCOME to all my new followers and I hope you’re enjoying the content here. Please feel free to comment, as I do enjoy reading and answering comments! Now on to the business at hand. A Monster Calls was written by […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 17: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (based on an original idea by Siobhan Dowd)"
I bought this book on my kindle as I’ve heard many many good things about both the author and the book. It’s a near future tale of kids held in isolation on an island because they possess a defective gene that will eventually cause a condition that will kill them. The arrival of a new […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 16: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough"
Now, I know Bukowski is dead, so I have no idea why a great deal of this vlog speaks of him in the present tense. I did have a bit in there about not speaking ill of the dead, but I’m not really speaking ill just pointing out the obvious really, so I chopped it […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 12: You Get So Alone… by Charles Bukowski"