We are defined by the places we hold in the web of others’ lives. This is probably the best short story collection I've read. Emotive and beautifully written, Ken Liu delivers a wonderful selection of speculative short stories that both wow and move you. Often, short stories collections can all blur into one, with maybe … Continue reading REVIEW: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Li
At first I honestly thought this book was going to be a bust. I struggled through the first chapters filled with jargon and ideas I couldn't quite wrap my head around. I was so close to putting it down. But then the story properly began, and China Mieville unwrapped this amazing story of language, cooperation, … Continue reading REVIEW: Embassytown, by China Miéville
I know it's been forever since I've last posted, almost a year and a half. A lot of my life has changed since I set up this blog up. I completed my undergraduate degree in English, and am now at Edinburgh University studying for a MSc in Book History and Culture. Due to the commitments … Continue reading The Long Hiatus: I’m back!
Everything about this book is what I honestly love about science fiction. Full of fascinating characters, complex species, intergalactic laws and society, this book was a wonderful read and it's definitely one of my favourites of this year. All you can do Rosemary - all any of us can do - is work to be … Continue reading REVIEW: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The world outside the observatory was silent, but the universe wasn't. I was so eager to get this book, and I did a little dance when I got the acceptance email from NetGalley and Orion Publishing, so thank you so much! As always, Orion has pulled out another wonderful dystopian novel that really pulls at … Continue reading REVIEW: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
This book is so subtle and beautiful that it just flows, each person's story intertwined into a narrative that spans the 20 years of an apocalyptic world. Survival is insufficient. And that's really what makes this book. It's realistic. It's a dystopian world, but one that is fundamentally understandable, without the drama and the extremes … Continue reading REVIEW: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
We were neither what we had been nor what we would become once we reached our destination. To put a bit of context to this, I have just finished up a module called 'The Weird Tale', that looks at horror and science fiction short stories that are primarily concerned with the 'weird': something outside the … Continue reading REVIEW: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Thank you so much to NetGalley, 47North and Chuck Grossart to letting me review this before being published! It's actually rather rare that I sit and finish a book in one sitting. I usually take my time, unless I really can't help it. The Phoenix Descent was definitely one of those books that I couldn't … Continue reading REVIEW: The Phoenix Descent by Chuck Grossart