City of Stairs – Paperback Release

City of StairsToday’s post is a little bit of excited flailing for one of last year’s biggest book hits, as it marks the upcoming UK release of Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Stairs in paperback!

Why am I so excited for this? Well, for one thing this book was one of my absolute favourite reads of 2014.

For another, this paperback edition will, according to those in the know at Jo Fletcher Books, also contain a preview of City of Blades – the much-anticipated sequel!

Now, I’m not normally the type to read previews or excerpts; I usually prefer to have the whole thing in my hands before I lay eyes on the tasty wordy goodness. However, I am occasionally willing to make an exception, and this will totally be one of them. MUST READ.

City of Stairs is out in paperback from Jo Fletcher Books on April 2nd 2015.


Readalong: Three Parts Dead – Final Week!

Three Parts Dead

Well, here we are at the end of this book, and the end of the readalong! I’ve taken over the hosting duties this week, covering Chapters 15 through to the Epilogue, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what my fellow readers thought of the final chapters! For now, though, let’s get to my own musings – and, as always, please beware of spoilers if you haven’t read this far!

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Readalong: Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (Part Two)

Three Parts Dead

Welcome to week 2 of our readalong! Things are getting ever more interesting in this section of the story, which covers Chapters 8 to 14. Some questions are answered (sort of) but there are plenty more popping up, and if I was fascinated before I suspect I’m well and truly hooked now!

So. Join me as I air my thoughts in answer to questions from this week’s host, Susan at Dab of Darkness – but as per usual, beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the book (or read this far)…

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Review: Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell

Knight's Shadow

Series: Greatcoats #2
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Publication date: March 5th 2015
This edition: Hardcover
Formats: Hardcover, ebook
Cover artist: Unknown

Notes: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

As this is the second book in the Greatcoats series, the following review may contain some general spoilers.

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Thank you, Sir Terry.

I don’t remember now exactly how old I was when I first picked up a Discworld book. My age was the impressionable kind, that I do remember. And I remember that the book was Mort. My book collection was growing, but it hadn’t yet gone out of control like it pretty much has now. I wanted something different, and I found this already somewhat dog-eared paperback (sure sign of a good book, right there) among my brother’s books. I’d never heard of the series before, but that cover, in all of its curious, almost cartoonish glory, tempted me to give it a try.

I went through the rest of the series in head-spinningly short order after that, and each and every reread is as entertaining to me as the first time round. I still haven’t found a series that is so widely loved, and so easy to start a conversation over (“Who’s your favourite…?” “Which one should I start with?”) as the Discworld books. To think that this entire, wonderful fantasy world and all of its stories came from one mind is astounding to me.

Now that mind isn’t with us anymore. It grieves me to think of it, but at the end of the day the mark he made on my life is something I’ll never lose. I think the same goes for us all.

Thank you, Sir Terry.

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To make a donation in Sir Terry Pratchett’s honour to the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), visit the JustGiving page here.


Readalong: Three Parts Dead (Part One)

And so it begins…

Three Parts Dead

Welcome folks, to Week One of this group readalong for Max Gladstone’s Three Parts Dead! As I write this I have finished reading this week’s assigned chapters mere hours ago, so my thoughts are (very) fresh and I must also say, I am excited to continue on!

If you missed it, the schedule for the readalong is here, and you’re still welcome to take part if you like. I should also make note for new readers that there will be spoilers aplenty below the cut, so if you haven’t read the book you might want to be up to speed first.

For now, though, let’s get to the Q&A for this week, which covers the Prologue through to Chapter Eight with questions posed by Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog

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