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Announcing Sci-Fi Month 2015!

*Heraldic trumpet sound effect*

So! Apparently I can finally squee publicly about this now – SCI-FI MONTH IS COMING BACK! Not only that, but yours truly will be hosting this awesome event alongside its creator, Rinn, at Rinn Reads!

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Read Along: Last First Snow, Week 4

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We have come to the end of this book, and thus to the end of this Read Along! And what an ending it was. This was easily my favourite book in the Craft Sequence so far!

This week we’re discussing chapters 54 to the end, and our host is Allie at Tethyan Books. There will of course be spoilers aplenty below the cut, so you have been warned. Now, let’s discuss!

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Guest Post: Lesley Conner, author of The Weight of Chains

Today I have a shiny new guest on the blog! Lesley Conner is here to share some of her thoughts about making the transition from editor to published writer. Her debut novel, The Weight of Chains, is available now and will be reviewed here later this month. So! With that ado … done, it’s over to Lesley…

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Recap: September 2015

Cannot believe it’s that time again. My favourite half of the year has properly begun, but good grief it’s going fast! OK. Before we reach lightspeed on what’s left of this year, let’s look at what September got done…

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Read Along: Last First Snow, Week 3

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Welcome to Week 3 of this Read Along, where EVERYTHING’S GOING TO HELL. Including my understanding of technical things. And we get a bit of a surprise along the way…

This week we’re covering chapters 38 to 53, and as with last week Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings is our host. Questions, answers and some pretty hefty spoilers are below the cut!

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Read Along: Last First Snow, Week 2

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Welcome back to the Last First Snow Read Along! So, this post is late, for which I apologise. Health has not been my friend this week. But, I soldier on – and this week’s chapters have been positively dripping with drama. Dripping, I tell you!

This week we’re covering chapters 17 to 37, with Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings playing host and asking the questions. So while I’m here, let’s discuss – but, as always, do mind the spoilers!

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Upcoming Read Along: Kushiel’s Avatar


I bought all three books in this trilogy by Jacqueline Carey before I’d even finished the first, and the first book in another of her Kushiel’s Legacy series (Kushiel’s Scion) is sitting on the shelf alongside them as we speak. That alone says plenty about how much I’ve been enjoying them. Whether or not we see Read Alongs for further books is still undecided, but for now, we have arrived at the third and last book in this particular trilogy, and I plan to make the absolute most of it.

Before I get to the schedule for the Kushiel’s Avatar Read Along, if you haven’t followed along before you can catch up on my posts for the previous two books on the SF/F Read Alongs page, and if you’d like to join us for this one you can keep track of goings-on over on Goodreads. You can also contact Lynn (see the links below) if you’d like to be included in weekly emails during the Read Along.

(The synopsis for Kushiel’s Avatar follows below the cut, so if you aren’t up to speed with the story so far, beware potential spoilers!)

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Read Along: Last First Snow, Week 1

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Banner by Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings

Hello and welcome to Week 1 of the latest Read Along for the Craft Sequence novels! Last First Snow is the fourth such novel, so if you missed any of my posts on the previous ones you can find links to them here.

I am your host this week as we tackle chapters 1-16, and I think I can already safely say that this will be quite an interesting adventure! So with that, and your obligatory spoiler warning, let’s discuss…

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Read Along: Kushiel’s Chosen, Week 7 (The End)

Kushiel's ChosenWell, here we are. The final chapters have been read, the book is done, and I am finding it difficult already not to leap straight into the next one!

This week our host (with some excellent questions!) is Emily at Emma Wolf, and we’re covering chapter 73 through to the end. If you’ve missed any of my previous posts for this Read Along, you can find all the links here. And if you’d like to keep up to date on any future Read Alongs, feel free to join the Goodreads group here.

As always, before we begin, beware the spoilers!

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Review: Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho

Sorceror to the Crown

Series: Sorcerer Royal #1
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: September 10th 2015
This edition: ARC (received from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review)



In Regency London, Zacharias Wythe is England’s first African Sorcerer Royal. He leads the eminent Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, but a faction schemes against him. Meanwhile, the Society’s failing its vital duty – to keep magic levels stable within His Majesty’s lands. The Fairy Court is blocking supply, straining England’s dangerously declining magical stores. Then the government demands to use the remnants in its French war!

Ambitious orphan Prunella Gentleman is desperate to escape the school where she’s drudged all her life, and a visit by the beleaguered Sorcerer Royal seems the perfect opportunity. For Prunella has stumbled upon English magic’s greatest discovery in centuries – and she intends to use it. At his wits’ end, the last thing Zacharias needs is a female magical prodigy! But together, they might change the very nature of sorcery.

So here’s the thing. The year may not be over yet, but the number of books I’ve already read in 2015 that I know, beyond a doubt, will be on my Best Of list come December is rising at a marvellous rate. One of those Undoubtedlys is this stunning debut novel right here.

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Upcoming Read Along: Last First Snow by Max Gladstone

So I’m running a little bit late with this announcement as this Read Along will begin on September 14th, but there’s still time to join!

Yes, the SF/F Read Alongs gang is returning to the world of Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence to dive into Last First Snow, the fourth and latest novel in this excellent fantasy series. Take a look at what’s in store…

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