Clarke Award Shortlist 2017 Part 3 : Sufficiently Advanced Mathematics

Occupy Me – Tricia Sullivan Ninefox Gambit – Yoon Ha Lee Sufficiently advanced mathematics being, of course, indistinguishable from magic, and that’s the thread I’m using to link these two books – very different in their settings and trappings but united by a core where reality is subject to manipulation in ways that frankly twist […]

Clarke Award Shortlist 2017 Part 2 : The Evil That Men Do

Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead After Atlas – Emma Newman (1) So what about books that have a rather less optimistic take on the world? As it turns out, the shortlist has those too, and these are definitely the bleakest. I hadn’t come across Whitehead until the shortlist was announced, but a little research shows […]

Clarke Award Shortlist 2017 Part 1 : Faith in the Future

This year I’m breaking the review up into three parts, because the shortlist, in my idiosyncratic perspective, seems to form some loose pairs, so first I give you: A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers Central Station – Lavie Tidhar Because I didn’t get the chance to do a Clarkeslist post last year, for […]

Long-delayed Book recommendation Post Title Here!

The problem with putting off a post recommending good books is that you keep reading more good books and it all gets on top of you. I have, therefore, absolutely let some cracking books slip me mind, but I’m going to do my damndest to recommend some damn things here. First, though, it is that […]

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 […]