Silver Screen 2016 edition

Well crap, I did not get to see many films this year, owing to authorial and familial commitments, and so this is of a necessity a bit of a shotgun review. I did get to see a couple of Marvel films, about which I’ve been positive, and positive I remain. I speak of course of Captain […]

Many Recommendations of the Season

So I am the bear who walks into a bar, which is to say, apologies for the long pause. Mostly I have been finishing off the first draft of the Hyena and the Hawk*, book 3 of Echoes of the Fall (book 2 of which, The Bear and the Serpent, is coming out in February. […]

Random Assortment of Good Stuff

Or TFW you can’t come up with a clever blog title (1). I have not done bloggery as I should, owing to other stuff to have been doing (25% through The Hawk and the (some other animal) as I write) and so a number of separate posts on stuff I’ve stumbled over and liked are going […]

Hold onto your Holdstocks!

I have actually been sitting on a post for a while – basically my usual Clarkes shortlist writeup, except it now feels super weird to post it, even though it amounts to little more than a “these books are awesome do go read.” So… no idea if that will ever get posted. But they are […]

And so this is Christmas, and what have you done…?

About to sign off for the festivities, and I wish everyone a splendid holiday in good company. There are a few things I particularly want to note my thankfulness for. Thank you to pretty much everyone I’m in contact with on social media for not in any way spoiling The Force Awakens. I am similarly not […]

2015: A Year In Books

This is going to be immeasurably easier than last year because of the large number of bookish posts I’ve done over the year. So firstly let’s just get with the Christmas spirit of internet list articles and just rehash those: Here is the shortlist for the Clarke Award in which I show myself absolutely off the […]

Stockies 2015

I have taken my saw and hacked off the end of the previous post, and performed other grievous surgery, because I wanted to talk about the British Fantasy Holdstock Award 2015 in more detail. As noted, I’ve actually read the shortlist this year – mostly by apparently being psychic when picking reading material last/this year. […]

Other People’s Trumpets part (x)

I have, I think, gone on about Children of Time (1) quite long enough. Suffice to say, it has had some lovely reviews, and I truly hope it does well. I release you, oh little spider, out the window of publishing! Time to talk about some stuff I have been reading, that I think is […]

Cook’s Books part 2

Very tempted to call this one “Too Many Cooks” but that would be entirely unjust. This follows my earlier post going over the first half of Hugh Cook’s Chronicles of an Age of Darkness series which, for ease of reference, can be found here. We’ve seen so far a fantasy series with buried Old-tech elements, […]

The best of what’s left of…

Like many author-bloggers, I do a year-end thing about books of 2014(1). I try to stay away from a “best of” list. I’ve posted through the year on books I liked, and what’s best is very subjective based on when you read it and what is juxtaposed with it (2). Hence, I would direct you […]