On fantasy writing, immersive worlds and reading The Belgariad by David Eddings

“But there’s a world beyond what we can see and touch, and that world lives by its own laws. What may be impossible in this very ordinary world is very possible there, and sometimes the boundaries between the two worlds disappear, and then who can say what is possible and impossible?” There should be aContinue reading “On fantasy writing, immersive worlds and reading The Belgariad by David Eddings”

The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

Not so much a review as an organised rant. THE WORLD: Shelved as ‘science fantasy’, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin is the first installment in the series that is built on the premise that humans have so ravaged the world that Father Earth wants revenge. There is only one continent left now called theContinue reading “The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin”

Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

“…where’s the skill in being a hero if you were always destined to do it?” Un Lun Dun. Say it quickly, in one go. UnLunDun. Does it make sense? That’s it. UnLondon. Un-London. Un Lun Dun is a Young Adult Fantasy book by China Mieville, an English writer of weird fantasy. Un Lun Dun isContinue reading “Un Lun Dun by China Mieville”

On ageing in fantasy and reading The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin

(Oh, sweet fantasy, how I have missed you.) “She did feel it. A dark hand had let go its lifelong hold upon her heart. But she did not feel joy, as she had in the mountains. She put her head down in her arms and cried, and her cheeks were salt and wet. She criedContinue reading “On ageing in fantasy and reading The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin”

On Children’s Books, February Reads and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt*

*Not in that order. Tuck Everlasting: I had always thought that a film whose crowning glory is its beautiful narration must have been a really good book. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt has been on my to-read list for a long time, ever since happy afternoons spent watching the feel-good movie. (I will never getContinue reading “On Children’s Books, February Reads and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt*”

Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin

SO I have no intention of ever reading the Game of Thrones books; not out of a sense of I’m-too-good-for-it, but rather, Who-has-the-time? But I was curious about Martin’s style, so I have been meaning to get this book for a while now. Fevre Dream is a vampire story, which is much more up myContinue reading “Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin”

Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

About the series: Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett is the fortieth book in the Discworld series (yes, four-zero-eth) and the third installment in a mini-series that describes a period of industrial revolution on the Discworld.  For those of you who don’t know, Discworld is a long series of books set on a strange planet swimmingContinue reading “Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett”

Why You Must Read the Death miniseries from Discworld by Terry Pratchett

This post is part of the Once Upon a Time Challenge. I reread the books. That counts! What do you do when your favourite author dies? When you’re done crying, if ever, you read. You read their books. The ones you’ve read before and any you may not have. You devour every word, like it’s theirContinue reading “Why You Must Read the Death miniseries from Discworld by Terry Pratchett”

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

People where you live, the little prince said, grow five thousand roses in one garden… Yet they don’t find what they’re looking for… And yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose… It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important. For years IContinue reading “The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry”

Re-reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman

My plan was to finish reading this during the R.I.P. Challenge, but these days I suffer from no time. It took me over a month to read the book, but what a month. “Religions are, by definition, metaphors, after all: God is a dream, a hope, a woman, an ironist, a father, a city, aContinue reading “Re-reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman”