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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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 […]
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Soooo, this is the book I tweeted about being absolutely amazing. It follows Mark Watney – astronaut, botanist and mechanical engineer – as he’s accidentally left for dead on Mars and has to try and find a way to survive on his own for long enough to meet up with the next batch of astronauts. Easy right? After all it’s […]
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I told you this would take a while, but my original reasoning was flawed. I suspected choosing would be difficult, and it wasn’t, the real difficulty was getting around to doing this post. Seriously the past few weeks have shot by and it gets to Wednesday and I realise I haven’t written this post, so […]
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So, to book 6! Herein are my thoughts on the magnificent Ancillary Justice. After this there’s a bit of a scifi drought in the challenge, which to be fair was kinda the point, but I’ve wanted to read AJ forever, so in it went, I have zero regrets! Enjoy my ramblings, usual buying linkies below. Next week […]
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I’m two books ahead of this, so I’m feeling pretty smug right now. Of course, these vlogs are getting less and less views, so I’m pretty sure no one else is as delighted as I am of this swathe of reading. Anyhow, my aim is to get these vlogs shorter, punchier and more fun, especially as the […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 5: Ack Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell"
Now I’m probably being a touch controversial here, as I have problems with this one, the same problems I’ve had with every book I’ve read by Lauren Beukes. Something always feels like it’s missing. A piece out of place. I am always left dissatisfied. This does not mean to say I dislike her writing. I love […]
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This week’s Reading Challenge vlog is the ‘Book That Made You Cry’. It’s not for any reason you might imagine, considering this book is FUN, and crazy, and action packed as all get out. Hope you enjoy the vlog. I’m trying to keep them fun, give a little overview of plot and generally tell you what […]
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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"
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 […]
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