Those who also follow me on Twitter might have caught me vague-tweeting about squee-worthy news I couldn’t share last week. Well now I can and I’m super excited! Because the American Book Center in Amsterdam – the best bookstore in the Netherlands – is having an event with none other than the fantastic Lauren Beukes. Continue reading
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It is no secret I love Stephanie Saulter’s ®evolution series. Gemsigns was my favourite 2013 debut and its sequel Binary will be sure to feature on my top reads for this year, because it was amazing. I’m highly anticipating the final book in the series, Regeneration, which is due out in August this year. In the meantime, the US is finally getting the chance to read the second book from May 5th, when Binary will be published in the States. Today I’m part of the cover reveal for that edition. So without further ado, here it is: Continue reading
Congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the rest.
Winners I’ll be contacting you via email with details on how to claim your prize!
Well, the Saturday before Easter came and went and as is traditional it brought the announcement of this year’s Hugo Short List. And to say I was disappointed is to put it mildly. Of all of my nominees only six made it on to the ballot: Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and Beneath Ceaseless Skies in the Semiprozine category, Galactic Suburbia and Tea and Jeopardy in the Fancast category, and Wes Chu for the Campbell Award. While I’m stoked for these six that they’re there, because I think they’re very deserving, I’m still sad that nothing I nominated in the fiction categories made it and that no one I nominated for Fan Writer made it either. Continue reading
In the past couple of years Kickstarter and its various competitors have turned into a great way to get interesting anthologies to market. There are lots of great projects out there and increasingly I’ll receive emails asking me to broadcast new campaigns to my readers here on the blog and elsewhere. I usually let those go, because it feels odd to promote projects I won’t personally be backing. But last week I backed the Defying Doomsday project, because it looked very interesting, it’s got a story by the awesome Corinne Duyvis, and the representation of disabled or chronically ill characters is dear to my heart. This meant that when I received an email about the project from its creators, I was stoked to share it here on the blog. What exactly is the Defying Doomsday project? Have a quote: Continue reading
This is not a drill. This is not an April Fool’s joke, this is a full-out cover reveal for Bryony Pearce’s new novel Phoenix Rising. Having loved Bryony’s last book, The Weight of Souls, I was really looking forward to seeing what she wrote next so I was rather excited to receive an advanced review copy for the book along with my official #BansheeCrew tag bracelet. What is this #BansheeCrew thing about you ask? Have a blurb and see what you think.
I made it! It’s the last day of March and I’ve not collapsed, dropped a cake or lost my voice when I had to be teaching. *breathes sigh of relief* March was a good month. We had a lovely time with Cat and Emma’s birthdays. The girls were spoiled rotten by everyone and Emma had lots of fun at her party, small though it was. Continue reading
Last Tuesday the nomination window for the Hugo Awards closed. I kind of freaked out the week before, because I thought nominations would be open until the end of the month. But after a moment of PANIC, I got my act together and got my nominations figured out. Last year I posted my nomination ballot as well, not just to share what I nominated but also so I could do a comparison once the nominations were announced to see whether any of my nominations made it through. I also tried to predict what I thought would win, though I forgot to come back and do a post on what I got right. But those were fun posts, so I thought I’d do them again this year. There are several categories where I haven’t nominated anyone or anything, because I either hadn’t read or seen anything in said category or because I just don’t know enough about it to judge. So without further ado here are my nominations for 2015. Continue reading
So I usually don’t post much about the press releases for events I get in my inbox, unless it is for an event here in the Netherlands, which so far has happened I think three times, all at The American Book Centre, but sometimes something hits my inbox and it makes me so sad that we still haven’t invented that teleporter yet. Exhibit A is the press release I received about London Book and Screen Week, which runs from 13-19 April and coincides with the London Book Fair. There are some awesome events on and several interesting workshops and exhibitions and I wish I could go. Continue reading
So February went by in a haze of coughing and lurgy and it is now finally March, which means it’s only three more weeks until we officially hit spring. Hurray! I’m so over winter. In other cheery news, we’ve booked the hotel and plane tickets, so no going back on it now: We’re going to Nine Worlds in August!! *muppet flail* So excited! Continue reading