Matthew Jobin at the De Grijze Jager Dag

Banner-GJD-2016-facebook_851x315Last week I interviewed Matthew Jobin on the occasion of the release of his second novel The Skeleth. When prepping for the interview I discovered that he’d be appearing at De Grijze Jager Dag in Alphen aan de Rijn on May 15, which is really close by. I initially didn’t plan on going, since the past week was horrendously busy, but when I was contacted by Matthew’s Dutch publisher inviting me to attend, I felt the universe was giving me a message, so we decided to go. And I thought I’d tell all of you about my day!

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My Hugo Nominations 2016

hugo_rocketThis Tuesday MidAmericon II announced the Hugo nominations and, like last year, they’ve been hijacked by the Rabid Puppies. Especially the fan categories and the Best Related Works were a complete shitshow. Like many of those I regularly hang out with online I blew a gasket—so much so that Wiebe threatened to put me in time out or take away the internet if I didn’t stop blowing up. After calming down and thinking about it, I decided that instead of writing another Hugo hot take piece, I’d instead share my own nominations. That way hopefully they’ll get some more love and attention and I don’t give too much more oxygen to the RP/SP crowd.
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Guest Post: Ben Peek on Multiculturalism in Leviathan’s Blood

benpeek-leviathansbloodIn 2014 Ben Peek published his big fat fantasy novel The Godless. I really enjoyed the characters and world the story is set in. But the thing that drew my interest initially, and which made it of interest to a lot of people, was the fact that The Godless was peopled with a super diverse set of characters. The second book in the series, Leviathan’s Blood promised to be as diverse. So when I got to pick a topic for a guest post, I immediately jumped on the chance to have Ben talk about the multiculturalism in his book and how his fictional world mirrors his everyday world. Enjoy and remember to check out Leviathan’s Blood tomorrow when it is published.  Read More …

Why you should read the Earth Girl Series

JanetEdwards-EarthGirlTwo of the books that ended up not getting reviewed last year due to the hiatus were actually books that I’d read as a deal with Wiebe. If he’d finish Stephanie Saulter’s Regeneration series, then I’d finish the Earth Girl series. Not that I didn’t want to read the books, but they kept being pushed aside in favour of review copies and Wiebe wanted me to read them already. And it has to be said, I tore through them in two days. And since Wiebe has raved at me about the books since forever and I was looking for a way to get through my backlog, I decided to turn my review for Earth Star and Earth Flight into a series appreciation post for the entire series co-written with Wiebe.  Read More …

6 Reasons Why You Should Read The Split Worlds Series

split-worlds-buttonI’ve proselytised about my enduring love for Emma Newman’s writing and especially her Split Worlds series all over the internet, but indulge me once more, because I have news and for fans of the Split Worlds it is the best sort of news! The Split Worlds series has been picked up for re-release by Diversion Books and they’ll be publishing the fourth book, A Little Knowledge this August. How awesome is that? I’m so excited and I can’t wait to return to some of my favourite characters and to the wondrous world of The Nether. Also, Diversion Books gave the books some gorgeous new covers.  Read More …

Guest Post: Adrian Tchaikovsky – The Beast Within

adriantchaikovsky-tigerandwolfToday’s guest post is one I’m really excited about sharing with all of you. This Thursday February 11 will see the publication of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s The Tiger and The Wolf, his new epic fantasy standalone. It features shapeshifters, competing tribes and a young heroine torn between them. The hardcover is also extremely pretty in person — never let it be said I can’t be swayed by a lovely cover — and, as I’ve come to expect from Adrian’s books, big enough to thoroughly maim someone if you hit them with it. But please don’t do that, that’s not what books are meant for. Anyway, Adrian was kind enough to send this guest post my way on the shapechangers in this book and the way their natures influenced the shaping of the narrative (pun intended!) Enjoy and do check back for a review in the future as I’ll be starting the book once I’ve finished my current read.   Read More …

Return of the Librarian

InternetSlowdown_DayHello, is this thing on? Remember me? I’m your resident Fantastical Librarian and I’m back or at least I’m on my way back. Last October live sort of exploded and I had to take a bit of a break. I got burned out due to stuff, mostly my wanting to do three full-time jobs at once — being a mum, my actual job as an information specialist, and a book reviewer — and as it turns out, that isn’t a healthy ambition, for me at least. I had to take a breather and since I can’t stop being a mum  and I can’t just not do my job, the blog became the thing that was put on the back burner for a month or two.  Read More …

Posting interrupted

intermission-435441_640The past three months have been a bit lot spotty in the posting department. This has been for various reasons, but mostly it has been because I’m tired. Apparently, working four days a week, having a family to care for and running a blog isn’t as forgiving in the energy department as one would like. In the past six months life has thrown several spanners in the works and after removing most of them and while still working on the last couple, I’ve run out of spoons.  Read More …

In the News: Announcing Eschacon

abclogoThis coming November I’ll be attending my first ever con in the Netherlands! I’ve been to cons in Britain, but never to one in the Netherlands, so I’m really excited about getting to go to one semi-locally. What con will I be attending you ask? Eschacon!

What is Eschacon? It is a con organised by Tiemen Zwaan and his colleagues at the American Book Center in Amsterdam. The programming looks awesome and features some fantastic writers.
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