Well hello there, September, you lovely thing. I’m ready for you. Bring me turning leaves and my favourite weather and cinnamon-flavoured things.
While I wait for those, here’s what August brought with it.
SF/F Read Alongs
Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse #3)
In The Labyrinth of Drakes (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #4)
Broken Homes (Rivers of London #4)
Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab – 4/5
Hate To Want You by Alisha Rai – 4/5
Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman – 5/5
Enthusiasm for this short but sweet novella(?) has been all over my Twitter timeline for a while, and I decided to give it a try before all that enthusiasm provoked my contrariness. I am SO SO GLAD I DID. It’s warm, it’s funny, it’s just sweetly innocent enough to melt my heart. It’s your favourite indulgent pastry and a cup of tea on a day that’s crying out for them. That is how I feel about this story.
What Else Is There?
Podcasts. I have been up to my eardrums in delicious fiction podcast goodness for a while now. Let me tell you about it!
Forbidden love, a crashed UFO, an alien body, and an impossible heist—the adventure is just beginning.
Steal the Stars is the story of Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, two government employees guarding the biggest secret in the world: a crashed UFO. Despite being forbidden to fraternize, Dak and Matt fall in love and decide to escape to a better life on the wings of an incredibly dangerous plan: they’re going to steal the alien body they’ve been guarding and sell the secret of its existence.
This SF audio drama is the debut offering from Tor Labs, and as such things go it is an excellent start to their proceedings! The story is enticing, the humour is sharp, and the character performances really hit the mark in selling the whole thing. I can’t get enough of it.
“Make your statement, face your fear.”
The Magnus Archives is a weekly horror fiction anthology podcast examining what lurks in the archives of The Magnus Institute, an organisation dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird. Join the new Head Archivist, Jonathan Sims, as he attempts to bring a seemingly neglected collection of supernatural statements up to date, converting them to audio and supplementing them with follow-up work from his small but dedicated team.
Individually, they are unsettling. Together they begin to form a picture that is truly horrifying because as he looks into the depths of the archives, something starts to look back…
… I have had to stop listening to this podcast in the wee dark hours, and also using my headphones turned out to be ill-advised thanks to the excellent job that’s done of making the sound effects add to the creepy atmosphere.
The jury’s still out on whether or not binge-listening is entirely advisable, particularly if you are easily unsettled/horrified (yes, I’m putting my hand up to this, and yes, I have binged my way through it) – but if you enjoy being spooked while also having a bigger-picture puzzle to put together, this is worth a listen. I can’t help myself any more. I’m here every week, trying to work out what in all the hells might be going on in the Institute…
Yeah, baby. It’s back.
Rinn and myself are bringing you another month of anything-SF-goes fun and games! Sign-ups are open, I am building my reading/watching list, we are working out plans for social media activities, and if past years are anything to go by, it’s going to be AWESOME. Let’s do this.