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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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Recap: August 2015

Well, it’s that time again… My activity here in August seems to have gotten cranked up a notch, and judging by what’s coming over the next few months it may well keep on cranking! Let’s take a look at what August brought…

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Read Along: Kushiel’s Chosen, Week 5

Kushiel's Chosen Week 5 of this read along is here, we are coming up on the book’s finale, and this week’s chapters have given us quite a bit to chew on! Let’s rejoin our heroine, shall we?

This week we’re focusing on chapters 50 to 61, Susan at Dab of Darkness is our host, and as usual, please beware of spoilers ahead!

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Review: Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu

Twelve Kings

Series: The Song of the Shattered Sands #1
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Publication date: September 3rd 2015
This edition: ARC, received from publisher
Where to buy: Waterstones | Amazon UK

Synopsis:

Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings—cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens, and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.

Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power…if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.

(Source: Goodreads)

I read a lot, and I read a lot of different books. I appreciate variety in narrative style as well as plot or subgenre, but one thing that will always make a book memorable to me, as much as any ending, is a really strong beginning. Bradley Beaulieu’s Twelve Kings opens with a scene strong enough to take me by the throat and keep hold of me for the rest of the book – and given that we’re talking about 700-plus pages, that is a damned impressive grip.

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Read Along: Kushiel’s Chosen, Week 4

Kushiel's Chosen Week 4 is upon us! This week I am your host as we cover chapters 37 to 49, in which EVERYTHING GOES HORRIBLY AWRY.

Spoiler alert.

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Read Along: Kushiel’s Chosen, Week 3

Kushiel's Chosen

Week 3 of the Kushiel’s Chosen Read Along sees a change of scenery, some fresh angst and everyone having Plans!

We’re covering chapters 27 to 36 this week, and Allie at Tethyan Books is our host. Mind the spoilers!

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Read Along: Full Fathom Five, Week 4

Banner by Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings

Banner by Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings

The final week of our Full Fathom Five Read Along is here! All is revealed, and once again Max Gladstone has impressed the hell out of me with this book. This final post covers chapter 50 to the end, and I am your host for this week. You can find a roundup of post links in the topic folder for this book over at the SF/F Read Alongs Goodreads page, and as always, beware of spoilers below!

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Guest Post: ‘Two Voices’ by Rhonda Parrish

Today I’ve got a new guest on the blog! I am shining the spotlight on Rhonda Parrish’s latest anthology, Corvidae, and the woman herself is here to share a taste of her favourite feathery myths in fiction.

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Read Along: Kushiel’s Chosen, Week 2

Kushiel's ChosenIt’s the second week of the Kushiel’s Chosen Read Along, and the plot continues to thicken! I HAVE SO MANY THOUGHTS.

This week we’re covering chapters 15 to 26, and our host (in a bit of a last-minute change to the schedule) is Susan at Dab of Darkness. Spoilers abound!

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Spotlight – Asphodel: A Mythic Space Opera

If you’re into comic books, space opera or both, chances are you might have heard of this one. Heck, compared to many I only dabble in those things and even I’ve come across it. According to the latest press release, Asphodel is “a new creator-owned, independent science fiction comic, written by Alex Kane and handpainted by Gale Galligan”. Oooh.

As the Kickstarter for this new Shiny Thing enters its final days, I find my interest increasing, so here’s a quick look at the details…

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