Category Archives: Books

Lilith’s Brooding Sociology Treatise

Spoiler Check: Contains spoilers for Dawn, Book #1 of the Xenogenesis trilogy by Octavia Butler. Another lemming. Barely half an hour into a ten hour audiobook, I lemmed* (in other words abandoned) Adulthood Rites, the second book in Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis … Continue reading

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The Unglamorous Glams

Spoiler Check: This post is about The Glamour by Christopher Priest and is packed to the gills with spoilers   There is something hideously unsettling about Christopher Priest’s works. He has a way of getting in under the reader’s defences and wreaking havoc. … Continue reading

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Not so dark yet

Spoiler Check: I am up to Chapter 3 “Summoned to oppose” of Part Two of The Last Dark by Stephen R Donaldson  There is no point pretending otherwise. I embarked on The Last Dark, the final instalment of the seemingly … Continue reading

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When is Sci-fi not Sci-fi? When it’s Inversions

Spoiler Check: I have completed Inversions by Iain M Banks  Inversions by the late Iain M Banks is regarded as a novel in his science fiction Culture series. But would anyone reading it as a stand-alone book recognise it as science … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Covenant

 It is fun to listen to Veronica Belmont mangle names of  authors on the Sword & Laser podcast, even if she only does that for effect. Most S & L episodes include Veronica and her co-host Tom Merritt reading out, … Continue reading

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The Great North Road away from Hamilton

 If ever again I get tempted to try another Peter F Hamilton novel, I need someone wise and avuncular to gently talk me out of it. It’s no good getting angry. I just have to remember that no matter how … Continue reading

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Dissecting Easter Eggs

 Over Easter, Audible UK ran a “find the Easter Egg” game on their website as a way to get their customers to give some new books a try. It wasn’t a very complicated game. All Audible did was to pepper … Continue reading

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