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?"
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 excellent science fiction, but it didn’t resonate with me entirely. I don’t often fail to gel with a book, and very rarely do I manage to read the entirety of a book I don’t gel with, but this is Greg Bear and he’s damn good at what he does, so I was able […]Read more "2015 Reading Challeng, Book 28: Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear"
This was originally lots of interconnected shorts and was formed into a collected edition you can pretty much read as a novel, chronicling several abortive attempts to colonise Mars and the stories of settlers etc. It’s a fascinating collection, with a great deal of brilliant analysis into various topics: treatment of indigenous peoples, racism, censorship, mankind’s attitude to […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 20: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury"
Here it is, book two. The book set in the future. I waffled on for an AGE about this, and had to cut a tonne of my wafflings. Mainly stuff about Lowbeer, one of my fave characters, as that all got a bit spoilerific, but ugh I loved her, that ambiguous, wheeler-dealering, complex woman whose […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge: Book Two: The Peripheral by William Gibson"
This is the first of my reading challenge vlogs. Sorry it’s a bit of a patchwork, I had extreme cat interference. Been crazy for cats this months, some kind of January madness has infected them. Either way, the drama llamas are out in force. I keep meaning to film their various battles in slow-mo and […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, book one: Dust by Arthur Slade"
Apparently, we’re supposed to let themes bubble away beneath story and character, carrying through in a strong yet subtle tide that does not interfere with the narrative thrust. I don’t think it’s part of my particular skill set, as my themes always tend to end up fairly high in the mix. In other words, thanks […]Read more "Behind The Lonely Dark: Part 2"