Storm of Swords

I’d put off reading Storm of Swords. It’s a big book and I’m a slow reader. I’d also not enjoyed Clash of Kings. The circumstances regarding Renly annoyed me greatly, as if the tone of the worldbuilding suddenly shifted. It felt a forced book, one where the writer’s machinations were too clearly on show. However, [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:54+00:00 June 15th, 2012|Reading|0 Comments

Epic Fail!

Not sure if something is wrong with me or if I’m coming down with something but I’m falling out of love with Epic Fantasy. For years, I would say my subgenre of choice was the Epic. I love the whole ‘bigness’ of it all – vast casts, vast worldbuilding and story with such massive consequence. [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:57+00:00 April 13th, 2012|Genre, Reading, Writing|0 Comments

The Bookcase Dilemma

So where I’m moving too I can probably only fit in one bookcase. That means that a lot of my books need to go into storage. I’ve semi been planning for this eventuality and have been an ebook convert for years (an ebook library doesn’t take up any space!) But this gives me a major [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:59+00:00 March 30th, 2012|Reading, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Empire State Launch

My lifestyle can hardly be consider glamorous. I’m either sat at my desk on the computer or grubbing around in the undergrowth for Tupperware but last night I got to travel into London to attend the book Launch of a friend: Empire State by Adam Christopher. It may not have been superstar-glamorous but it was [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:05+00:00 January 6th, 2012|Publishing, Reading|2 Comments

Chicken Soup & Book Launches

Urgh! Not feeling too bright today which is rare for me seeing as I suffer from an over-active immune system and as a result rarely get ill. I was going to write a long ranty post about books and promotion and awards and nepotism but I guess that'll have to wait. Besides, I'm heading into [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:05+00:00 January 5th, 2012|Reading|0 Comments

Review – Sea of Ghosts

Sea of Ghosts was very much a book of two halves for me. It’s an ambitious book that tries to do something a little different and when it works, it’s brilliant. When it doesn’t… well, we’ll come onto that. I have a real love of fantasy that abandons or subverts the medieval world trope we’ve [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:11+00:00 June 22nd, 2011|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments

My Problem With YA

Before I get compared to Martin Amis, let me say that I honestly think that YA is where the real innovation is going on in genre. It might not always be extending the boundaries but it's pulling new readers in, and more importantly hooking them. To understand my issue with it though, you have to [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:13+00:00 February 26th, 2011|Reading|1 Comment

Conversations With a First Time Ebook Pirate

First off, if you've come here expecting a ranty moan about ebook pricing, this probably isn't the blog post for you. If on the other hand, you're interested to hear what I learned from speaking to a work colleague who has started pirating books at 64, read on. Let's kick it off by saying that [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:13+00:00 February 16th, 2011|Genre, Reading|0 Comments

Review – Rivers of London

I read Rivers of London at a bad time. I’d just read Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson and absolutely loved the book, feeling it a pinnacle of post-Tolkien fantasy. I raved about that book. So of course anything I read after that was going to feel like a come-down no matter how much [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:13+00:00 February 13th, 2011|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments

Review – Gardens of the Moon

I fear this review is going to be a little worthless. You see, as a writer or critic we have some experience of the tools of writing: the character arcs, the themes, the worldbuilding, and so on. We’re able to unstitch novels and look at these component parts, judging each on its own merit. Hence [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:14+00:00 February 10th, 2011|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments