This is slightly outside the norm for this blog but I wanted to give a shout out to-and write a brief review of-a show I saw at the Edinburgh Fringe festival yesterday that I’m getting the feeling has been a bit underappreciated. Continue reading
I picked up The Strangler Vine, the first novel in M.J. Carter’s Blake and Avery series, for the same reason I usually pick up a book: the cover. The American hardback edition of Strangler Vine has an exceptionally beautiful cover, but the book, and its continuation in The Printer’s Coffin*, have a lot more to offer than just good looks… Continue reading
History is written by the winners, and while Napoléon himself was not, eventually, victorious, Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series is a triumph of historical fantasy. I’ve written in a previous post about how much I enjoy the worldbuilding in Temeraire, and that will comprise a part of this review, however there is plenty more to love about the series as well.
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As NaNoWriMo looms, and I increasingly suppress the urge to sit down and write the thousands of words that have been floating around my head (is November really still three months away?!), I’ve more and more found myself thinking about worldbuilding, what role it should and shouldn’t play in a story, and how best to integrate it fully with the plot of a project, no matter what length. Continue reading
*This is something I’ve dealt with a lot, and has recently become relevant again. I’ve been getting better at it, but accepting criticism and changing my own work according to that criticism is still a pretty difficult process. Continue reading
As you can probably guess by my URL, I’m interested in bees. I’ve got bee underwear, bee socks, a bee bowtie, and this year I’ve had my first firsthand experience with beekeeping. So I knew pretty much from the moment I saw this book on the shelf that I would read it at some point. Continue reading
So I’ve just finished reading A Little Life, and BOY was that a time. So here’s a short stream-of-consciousness review, while the book is still fairly fresh in my mind. (Also I’m excited to be reviewing something new, for once!)
[spoilers ahead] Continue reading
I’d picked up The North Water because I’m interested in the theme of disgraced protagonists who suffer because of their pasts, and because the snowscape/midnight sun aesthetic appeals to me. Apart from that I had very few expectations for The North Water, and so was pleasantly surprised by it as a whole.
[this is a relatively new book so I’ll warn that there are some spoilers further down the page] Continue reading
Post number two is about writing. Again, this is my personal, fallible opinion as a reader and an editor of short fiction. Continue reading
I’m starting off my book blogging career with a review of Wolf Hall: another in a series of giant tomes of books that I’ve really enjoyed. This is a book that’s always been on the shelf in our house, a tiny, constant fixture in my life: Continue reading