Tachyon Publications, 2016 eBook The latest novel by World Fantasy Award–winning author Lavie Tidhar, Central Station is a chunk of a literary speculative novel set in a future Tel Aviv, in the titanic shadow of the eponymous Central Station, the earth-side terminus of the route to the rest of the solar system. Switching between multiple perspective characters, it flashes back to […]
RADIANCE, CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE Corsair, 2016 eBook Catherynne M. Valente turns her signature sumptuosity of prose up to full beam in her new novel, Radiance, released in the UK on 3rd March.
Look! It’s already halfway through March. But even despite the bonus day, February turned out distinctly lighter in short fiction than January. I’m not going to beat myself up about it though – I spent the month packing my life into a dozen boxes, then moving to a flat with (still!) no internet access. Because […]
Since the decanonisation of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, we know next to nothing about how the Empire – and subsequently the First Order – creates its soldiers. So with the release of Episode VII and our introduction to (darling, lovely, adorable) Finn, the question is begged: why does the First Order prefer stormtroopers to clones? […]
‘Tis the season for best-of lists! Because I, too, am human and have opinions about things, this is mine. Follow the jump for my favourite media of 2015.
A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC, VE SCHWAB Titan Books, 2015 Paperback, 400pp A Darker Shade of Magic is a book of four Londons. In VE Schwab’s fantastic multiverse, four worlds with divergent histories and cartographies lie alongside one another like the leaves of a book, with London a fixed point in all of them. The story follows […]
THE MAGICIANS, LEV GROSSMAN Arrow Books, 2009 Paperback, 488pp Quentin Coldwater, Grossman’s young Brooklynite protagonist, is at the beginning of The Magicians a classically unlikeable teen. He is sulky, self-centred, and almost sociopathic. This vein of unpleasantness in Quentin’s character runs through the novel, reminding the reader that, while this book is a wainscot fantasy […]
The Strain was always meant to be a television show. Although the story was originally published as a trilogy of novels, co-written by creator Guillermo del Toro with Chuck Hogan, del Toro had initially envisaged The Strain as a multi-season TV series. The pilot, commissioned by FX after Hogan and del Toro’s completion of the final novel, is co-written and directed by del Toro himself, also executive producer. Airing Wednesday September 17th on Watch, the pilot introduces a thirteen episode season which has already aired up to episode ten in the US – so it’s one to avoid Googling if spoilers are an issue.
It’s been a hell of a summer. Since I’ve been hella busy recently, here’s a collection of the best links to fascinating and enlightening outside content that I’ve been reading over the past few months. What is the best way to see the Perseid meteor shower? – The Guardian. While the spectacle of the meteor […]
Welcome to the second instalment of This Week In Words, in which I corrall a week’s worth of links to interesting, moving or notable articles or features – now with BONUS STUFF (that I forgot to link to last week)! Jo Walton wins Hugo award for reverse Harry Potter tale – The Guardian. David Barnett […]