Category Archives: Fantasy and Science Fiction

March 17

Not So Long Ago, in a Library Catalogue Only a Few Keyboard Types Away……

Other interesting Star Wars items you’ll find in our libraries Elstree 1976 – Basically this is an interview with mostly the extras and actors who had a few lines (although some of them iconic, such as “These are not the droids we’re looking for”), who turned up for a movie they thought might get shown […]

March 14

Astro City : Lovers Quarrel

Astro City, unlike the larger graphic novel franchises, allows its character to age and permanently die. This allows the author, Kurt Busiek, to tell stories that are not possible in Marvel or DC. In Marvel, the characters have started to explicitly notice that it is hard for them to stay dead. Hawkeye, for example, died, […]

February 26

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl : Seriously…you want this comic

There are few teen series I enjoy as avidly as Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and I recommend it to a broad audience, tween and above. Doreen Green has been a Marvel character since 1991, but this series doesn’t assume any prior knowledge of her character history. Doreen’s doesn’t quite know she’s in a comic, like Deadpool […]

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: […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]