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 …

Guest Post: Brian Staveley – Hitler’s Sister

brianstaveley-thelastmortalbondBrian Staveley burst onto the SFF scene with his debut novel The Emperor’s Blades in 2014 and I loved it. But I was even more impressed with the sequel The Providence of Fire. As such, it is no surprise that I’m really looking forward to seeing how the story ends in The Last Mortal Bond. What fascinated me most about the series is the intricacy of the sibling bonds in The Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne. The dynamics between Kaden, Adare, and Valyn are fascinating; there is so much love, anger, jealousy, and loyalty that complicates their relationships. I asked Brian about why the sibling bond can make for such a great narrative driver. You can find his answer below.  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 …

Review Amnesty: Big Fat Fantasy Edition

reviewamnestyAfter the hiatus I took last year, I have a huge backlog of books I’ve read and need to review and now I’m trying to get the blog back up and running they are staring me in the face and taunting me, all nineteen of them. Some of them I read over six months ago and it is hard to write a review for them in the usual way, so I’ve decided to declare a review amnesty. There are two books I’m planning to co-review with Wiebe, since they are two of his favourite books, two novellas that I can quickly reread and review, but the other fifteen will be split up into three posts and I’m going to just quickly run down each of them and give my thoughts. And then I’ll be able to move on and *bursts into song* Let It Go…So here is the first of the three posts, the one I dubbed the Big Fat Fantasy edition.  Read More …

Author Query Redux – Genevieve Cogman

genevievecogman-themaskedcityEarlier this year I interviewed Genevieve Cogman after the publication of her debut The Invisible Library which is still one of my favourite books of the past year. The second book in her series called The Masked City will be out on December 3rd. I asked Genevieve some questions to see how she had fared since the publication of The Invisible Library and what we could expect from The Masked City. Her answers only made me more excited to read the book and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Hope you enjoy the interview and that you’re looking forward to The Masked City as much as I am!  Read More …

Anticipated Reads (Summer-Autumn) 2015

2015In the past week and a half I’ve brought you my Anticipated Books for Summer/Autumn 2015 and today I bring you the fifteen books I anticipate reading the most in the coming six months. As usual it’s a list of fifteen, as there are just too many good books to choose from and I always have a hard time getting the list down to the more usual ten books. Also as per usual, I’ve excluded many books I’m really looking forward to reading right out of the gate, for example all the new instalments in series I’ve been reading. If I loved the previous book in the series, it’s a good bet I’ll want to read the next one. Some examples of these are Claire McGowan’s The Silent Dead, Edward Cox’s second book The Cathedral of Known Things, Stephanie Saulter’s Regeneration, Rebecca Levene’s The Hunter’s Kind, and the final book in Snorri Kristjansson’s Valhalla series Path of Gods.

So below in alphabetical order by author is my list, with a little explanation of why I really can’t wait to read these books. Do you agree or would you have chosen differently from the lists I posted recently?  Read More …

Anticipated Books (Summer-Autumn) 2015: Science Fiction & Horror

2015Welcome to the third post in my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2015. Today I bring you both my science fiction and my horror picks. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!  Read More …

Anticipated Books (Summer-Autumn) 2015: Fantasy October-December

2015Day two of my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2015. As usual I had so many fantasy books catch my fancy I had to split them into two posts. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!  Read More …

Anticipated Books (Summer-Autumn) 2015: Fantasy July-September

2015Welcome to the first post in my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2015. As usual I had so many fantasy books catch my fancy I had to split them into two posts. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!  Read More …

Guest Post: Adrian Tchaikovsky on 10 Things To Definitely Take With You When Starting An Extrasolar Colony

adriantchaikovsky-childrenoftimeEarlier this year Adrian Tchaikovsky visited the blog for an interview in honour of the publication of his first non-Shadows of the Apt book, Guns of the Dawn. It’s a book I’m really looking forward to reading, as I’ve heard loads of good things about it. And while I have the book on my shelf, I haven’t managed to get to it, because a) I suck at planning my reading and b) it’s a brick. But I’ve promised myself that I can read it next month and that’s not even fast enough to keep up with Adrian’s writing, because his next book Children of Time is out this Thursday. His first SF story is all about the fight for a new home for humanity and in preparation for the journey, Adrian’s here to provide a packing list to join this new extrasolar colony.  Read More …