Category Archives: Fantasy and Science Fiction

December 08

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster-Bujold

Lois McMaster-Bujold is one of the grandmasters of science fiction. She’s has so many Hugo Awards they made up an extra one to hand her this year (Best Series). She’s been writing the Vorkosigan Saga for roughly forty years, and so it’s with some sadness I read this book, which feels like an ending. That’s […]

December 07

Brave New World

Brave new world: with the essay “Brave new world revisited” By Aldous Huxley; foreword by Christopher Hitchens. Brave New World is a classic dystopian novel published in 1932 by Aldous Huxley, the English author of many other big titles including Chrome Yellow (1921) and Point Counter Point (1928). The themes of the novel are often […]

November 30

John Dies at the End by David Wong

The book is a horror comedy., mixing Lovecraftian themes and black humour. It’s the first novel by Jason Pargin, under the pen name of David Wong. Pargin is a prolific writer for the Cracked website, and there’s crossover in his style of humor. The novel was originally written as episodic blog posts, so structurally it […]

November 24

Riverworld by Philip Jose Farmer

In a single moment, everyone wakes. Everyone. Every human, ever, wakes on the banks of a river millions of miles long. They are naked, hairless and returned to their early twenties. Every infirmity is gone. Each has a cylinder tied to their wrist, which they discover provides three meals a day, and some other little […]

September 13

Beyond the Wall [electronic resource] : Exploring George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons. by James Lowder (editor).

Beyond the Wall [electronic resource] : Exploring George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons. Winter has come. A Game of Thrones – you’ve read the books, you’ve seen the series, and you don’t want the experience to end. Stay in the conversation with […]

June 12

Re-reading Your Favourite Book of Your Childhood

Have you ever watched a movie or seen a replay of an old TV show you loved as a kid, or maybe as an adult a couple of decades ago when it was fresh.  You re-watched it now and thought, well that’s not that great. Well what about books? Since they are finally getting around […]

May 24

Brood of the Witch Queen by Sax Rohmer and the train wreck that is early pulp

Can you enjoy books you know are on the wrong side of history? Recently I enjoyed the first of the Bony mysteries, even though it’s steeped so deep in 1920s Australian racism. I’ve just tried another book I knew was going to have all kinds of problems, and it’s defeated me. I’m listening to it, […]

May 22

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Solid teen scifi from the author of A Monster Calls, and the chief writer of the Doctor Who spinoff series Class.  The basic premise is that, in this world, there are two types of people, the Indie Kids, who are like the protagonists of teen supernatural TV shows, and the rest of us, who just […]

May 01

Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

This action/fantasy book is for younger teen audiences, something which is not entirely clear in the blurb given for it on BorrowBox, where I downloaded the audio. The audio is great: the reader does each character distinctly. The plot is a little flat, but that could be because it is for a young age group, […]

April 07

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

The television series for American Gods is about to be released, so I wanted to finish the sort-of sequel before it was spoiled for me in the stream of internet review of the earlier book. It’s excellent, but I’d note it barely counts as a sequel to American Gods. The main character, initially, is Charlie, […]