Urgency in Motion: Entrails (Edinburgh Fringe 2016), a review.

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

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Press, poverty and the radical politics of pornography: The Printer’s Coffin, a Review

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

Hic svnt dracones: Temeraire and League of Dragons, a Review.

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.

[warning: here there be spoilers] Continue reading

When detail helps, and when it hinders: Worldbuilding as a Tool, Not a Goal.

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

Snowfields and empty seas: The North Water, a Review

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