For some years now, I’ve been reading through the works of Stephen King in chronological order. I’d avoided picking this one up for a while, having watched the movie a zillion times, but while the storyline held no surprises for me, what did surprise me was just how insanely good it was regardless, with King’s words rapidly catching hold of me and not letting go until I’d stayed up way past bedtime, breathlessly turning pages and gulping back tears. In case you’re one of the very unlikely people to have never heard about The Green Mile, it centres around the […]
I really loved Andy Weir’s The Martian – it was fast paced, it was funny, the science was compelling, and the diary format really worked in terms of telling the story and highlighting Mark’s isolation. I was very excited to receive this book from my Secret Book Santa; Artemis should have been a sure fire hit for me. But it wasn’t, this time. This is a caper story, in essence, set on a city called Artemis that is located on the moon. The city is run by a Kenyan organization, it has its own currency, and has a multicultural population. […]
Once upon a time, witches used to guide the dead to the afterlife. These days, in the world of Witchmark, only Storm Singers matter: witches are either guaranteed to go mad and require confinement in asylums or, if highborn enough, to be enslaved to the Storm Singers, who will use them as magical batteries, and breeders of the next generation of magical batteries. And what happens to the dead? Most folk assume they find their own way, I would guess.
Jacqueline Carey is an author that delights in taking the known and giving it a twist to make something new. She burst on to the fantasy scene with the epic Kushiel’s Dart series where she took the trope of a damsel in distress and turned it on it’s head. Touched by Kushiel, the god of justice and punishment, to experience pleasure in pain Phedre uses her skills as a courtesan and spy to save her realm. Her next work The Sundering duology asked the question what makes one side “good” and the other “evil” by telling an epic fantasy from the “evil” point of […]
When I was a kid, I was fascinated with ancient mythology. My favorite myths were those from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt, but I tried to read everything I could get my grubby little hands on. I thought that myths provide a deeper understanding of a particular culture, specifically their understanding of self, their environment, and their place in the universe. For example, isn’t it interesting that the “great flood” is a recurrent theme in myths cross-culturally? And what about the common theme of resurrection, wherein a male figure undergoes a great sacrifice, is dead for a specific number of […]
This book is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series. I read Margaret Atwood’s book in the series, Hag-Seed, a year or so ago but wasn’t crazy about her play within a play retelling of the Tempest. I’m reading Edward St. Aubyn’s contribution to the series now, Dunbar, and not quite sure yet how I feel about his version of Lear. This re-imagined Othello set on the playground of my youth, however, is fantastic. I was immediately drawn to the echoes of that time: monkey bars, playing jacks, jump rope rhymes and the luxury of an unstructured recess. Admittedly, since this was in my wheelhouse, my emotional […]
If you have previously enjoyed books written by John Scalzi, I am certain you will quite like The Collapsing Empire. It is Scalzi writing at his best. The members of the World Science Fiction Society agree with me and it is nominated for Best Novel (Scalzi has previously won for Red Shirts). If you have never read anything by him, here are the reasons I look forward to his books. Scalzi has a great sense of humor and this shines in his writing. I tend to laugh out loud when reading his books, more so than any other author. His settings […]
This one hit my radar when it was put up for vote in my book club. It didn’t make the cut, but when I saw it at the library I snagged it and I’m glad that I did. This is one of the Reese Witherspoon books and the third that I have unwittingly read this year. I knew that she was behind bringing some women centered books to screen, but honestly had no idea that she had a book club going. I am surprised that we have similar tastes. A young Londoner, Nikki, is reluctantly posting a notice for her […]