Category Archives: Fantasy and Science Fiction

red rising February 24

Red Rising

Red Rising  by Pierce Brown. Post by Jenni. So much wisdom in a racing YA novel full of adventure and excitement! The thing that impresses me most about this apparently debut novel is the attention to characterisation, plot, moral universe and writing. I love that Pierce refuses to have Captain America as the leader we follow: […]

enders game February 22

Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Post by Jenni. It seems to me that Ender’s Game is about the fragility of Childhood. Ender is an extraordinarily gifted child who must be challenged to the verge of destruction of his identity – his ego is manipulated and tortured during the trials, by isolating him from his […]

3 February 19

Nimona : A slow-burn web comic with excellent planning

Nimona’s about a shapeshifting girl who becomes the sidekick to a villain. It is told in brief strips, originally posted periodically on the internet, but slightly reworked for this collection. It builds slowly, and requires a bit of patience to get through the set-up. Allow me to give an example. Early in the comic Nimona, […]

2 February 12

In praise of Lumberjanes

Lumberjanes is set in a girl scout camp. The young, female characters face a series of supernatural threats. The only adults to aid them are an overwhelmed group leader and an often-absent camp owner who reminds me of a female Teddy Roosevelt.  Although suitable for children, it’s also a light read for adults. The thing I […]

redshirts3 February 03

Redshirts by John Scalzi: book club discussion questions

A reminder that all of our book club discussion questions contain spoilers. Synopsis An ensign on a starship notices that whenever the crew goes on away missions, at least one person dies. Can he avoid death long enough to work out what is going on, and find a way to save himself? Discussion questions Do […]

chook January 09

What the Dickens? It’s 2016?

Confound and dagnabbit! What happened to last year? For that matter, what happened to last week? I’m not even reporting on the new year in a timely fashion. I’ve just been tidying up the old blog dashboard and I found some drafts for reading journal posts from last August, It’s nice to know that I […]

giver December 20

The Giver.

The Giver by Lois Lowry. Post by Kyla. I read this a few weeks before reading Divergent by Veronica Roth and was struck by the parallels. It’s only when delving deeper did I learn that the award winning The Giver, written in 1993 and following the journey of young Jonas, set the tone for many […]

reluctantly charmed December 19

Reluctantly Charmed

Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill. Post by Kyla. When Kate McDaid has her birthday she finds she’s the beneficiary of a will that is over 100 years old.  To claim the inheritance she needs to follow a series of instructions which she hopes will go unnoticed by others. Quite the opposite occurs and Kate’s increasingly […]

ink & bone December 18

Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone: Volume One of the Great Library by Rachel Caine. Post by Kyla. As a librarian wandering the shelves in my local book store, it wasn’t remotely surprising that Ink and Bone: Volume One of the Great Library caught my attention. When I saw that the back cover included the magic phrases, to […]

welcome-to-night-vale-mini November 11

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Craynor

The first novel from the authors of the world’s most popular podcast is solid work, but they have made stylistic choices which will alienate some readers and enchant others. The plot matters, but, at the same time, it does not matter much. The main characters of the novel are two women, each distorted by their citizenship […]