Winners Julie Czerneda This Gulf of Time and Stars giveaway

julieczerneda-thisgulfoftimeandstarsJust a quick post to announce the winners of last week’s giveaway for Julie Czerneda’s This Gulf of Time and Stars.

Hardcover: Ginette Cyr
Audible: Jo Stinson

Congratulations Ginette and Jo! And thank you to all the other people that entered. Better luck next time!


Author Query – Nicola Cornick

nicolacornick-houseofshadowsNicola Cornick is an author that was new to me, but the description for her new timeslip novel House of Shadows sounded fantastic, so I decided I needed to know more about her and she was gracious enough to answer my questions. Hopefully you’ll be as intrigued by the book and Nicola’s interview as I am!


Let’s start with the basics. Who is Nicola Cornick?

I’m a writer and a historian, working on a voluntary basis for the National Trust at Ashdown House, taking visitors around on guided tours and researching the house and its history. I’m a total history geek. In my spare time I train guide dog puppies and go travelling.  Read More …


Author Query – Julie Czerneda & Giveaway

julieczerneda-thisgulfoftimeandstarsToday I get to bring you a great interview with Julie Czerneda. I haven’t (yet) read anything by Julie, but she’s a name I’ve seen around bookshops and blogs for years and I plan on one day rectifying my unfamiliarity with her work. Julie has been writing in the world of The Clan Chronicles for almost twenty years and This Gulf of Time and Stars is the start of the trilogy that will wrap up the stories that started with A Thousand Words for Stranger. To celebrate the launch of her latest book, Julie is doing a blog tour and I was honoured to host her on A Fantastical Librarian for an Author Query. Also, check the end of this post to be in with a chance of winning either a hardcover or audiobook version of This Gulf of Time and Stars, courtesy of the publisher and Audible.  Read More …


Guest Post: T. Frohock – A Primer for The Spanish Civil War

tfrohock-withoutlightorguideI’m currently in the midst of reading T. Frohock’s latest novella Without Guide or Light. It is the second book in the Los Nefilim series and I’m really loving the setting and characters. The first book In Midnight’s Silence was wonderful and halfway through Without Guide or Light is even better, so you should absolutely pick it up. But after reading the first book I found myself googling and searching Wikipedia for some of the history underpinning the setting, as I wasn’t as familiar with the Spanish Civil War. Since I figured I wouldn’t be the only one, I asked T whether she could write me a sort of cheat sheet. She did me one better and sent me the following text. A great companion piece to this post can be found on Bibliosanctum where T provides the origins for Los Nefilim.
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Author Query – Emma Newman

emmanewman-planetfallYesterday I posted my review for Planetfall, Emma Newman’s latest novel that is out today from Roc Books. I loved it, it is one of my favourite books of the year, perhaps even my favourite full stop. I was really excited to get to interview Emma and I hope you’ll enjoy this interview as much as I did. If nothing else, I hope it makes you want to pick up Planetfall and read it, because you absolutely should!


Let’s start with the basics. Who is Emma Newman? 

She – I – she URGH> I can’t talk about myself in the third person! I’m an author, audio book narrator and podcaster. I am a keen roleplayer and dressmaker too.  Read More …


Emma Newman – Planetfall

emmanewman-planetfallRenata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, and untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.

More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.

Ren continues, for the good of her fellow colonists, to perpetuate the lie that forms the foundation of the colony, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first Planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.

The truth Ren has concealed since Planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…

My love for Emma Newman’s Split Worlds series is no secret and the short stories outside of that world, particularly her Sherlock Holmes inspired story A Woman’s Place, for which Newman recently won a British Fantasy Award, have also delighted me. But all of them have been fantasy. So when I learned Newman’s next book was to be an SF novel, I was intrigued. How would Newman’s writing translate from fantasy to science fiction? In a word: brilliantly! Planetfall being an Emma Newman book I’d been expecting to love it, but the novel blew me away on a number of levels.  Read More …


Author Query – Lou Morgan

redeyeIn the run up to Halloween, Stripes Publishing is celebrating the conclusion of their first year of the Red Eye series with a blog tour. I’ve read and enjoyed all of the Red Eye books this year and I was really stoked to get the chance to interview the wonderful Lou Morgan. I adored Lou’s first series Blood and Feathers from Solaris and her Red Eye title Sleepless was my favourite of the run. And in addition to being a fabulous writer, she’s also just a really good egg, so it is always great to have her visit A Fantastical Librarian. If you haven’t checked out Sleepless or the other Red Eye titles I highly recommend you do so. In the meantime, enjoy this interview!  Read More …


Author Query – Rajan Khanna

rajankhanna-risingtideLast year I read and really enjoyed Rajan Khanna’s debut novel Falling Sky. A post-apocalyptic adventure with some amazing characters, which is coincidentally also one of the very, very few novels featuring zombie-like monsters that I can actually read without getting nightmares. Having very much enjoyed the book and having gotten attached to his protagonists Ben and Miranda, I’m really looking forward to getting back to their story and to see what happens next. But what with my current reviewing break, that might be a bit. But I still wanted to feature Rajan and his second book Rising Tide. So today I present an Author Query with Rajan. If you haven’t yet checked out his writing, whether in in short or long form, be sure to do so, because he’s a wonderful writer.  Read More …


Author Query – Kameron Hurley

kameronhurley-empireascendantKameron Hurley is one of the hardest working women in SFF. Currently under contract for four books – one with a looming deadline – she also on the last leg of her epic promotional tour for the second book in her even more epic Worldbreaker series. I loved The Mirror Empire and its successor was one of my most anticipated reads for 2015. I haven’t yet reviewed Empire Ascendant, but I have read it and I can tell you this: Hurley is hell on her characters, but in the best possible way. If you haven’t yet gotten your copy of Empire Ascendant, make it your next buy, because it is wonderful. Meanwhile, before you run off to your book retailer of choice, check out Kameron’s wonderful answers to my questions in a very special Author Query.  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 …