Category Archives: Books and Reading

Beauty is the Beast

  I was reshelving some books the other day, and there was Rosmund Hodge’s debut YA fantasy, Cruel Beauty. I’d read it when it first came out, remembered enjoying it, and sat down to reread it. There seem to have … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday – 9-10-2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading, and is cross-posted at planetpooks. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday – Sept 3, 2014

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The first book is very, very heavily into cricket neep, which I find hard to follow since I’ve never been educated in the game. That doesn’t matter, because the rest of this alien world is as rigidly courteous as a Regency romance in some ways, and as lawless as a cowboy book in thers. The language, mores, practices, and passions are all strange and compelling. One of these days, someone who knows cricket will sit with me through a game and my education will be complete. Continue reading


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Good Bad Books

Worldcon is now over, and if you were stuck home like me, your internet reading every day was full of posts about panels and discussions and finally the awards, which latter sparked some discussion, including the inevitable backlash of derision … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday – Aug 27, 2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. My reading of late has been sporadic, fitted around beta reading and proofing. • What are you currently reading? After Elizabeth, by Leanda de Lisle. Basic, eminently readable history about James I of … Continue reading


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Truth in Fiction: Interesting Victorian Women

I am bound to come out like a murderess or an idiot in my photograph — hard featured, forbidding, and coarse. . . . Mr. Falk had given me a low chair, and I told him my legs were so … Continue reading


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Worldcon Report 8: A First Edition

by Brenda W. Clough  I have no paper editions of my work in the UK, and so it is not surprising that I am pretty obscure in this country. However, a close canvassing of the huckster room reveals one dealer … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday – Aug 13, 2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.   To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?   … Continue reading


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Consideration of Works Past: The Door into Summer/Double Star

(Pictures from here and here.) My two favorite Heinlein novels have always been The Door into Summer (1957) and Double Star (1956). The reasons for this have changed over the ears. TDIS was not one of his most popular novels– one critic suggested that this was a novel where … Continue reading


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“Light and Shadow” — a new short story by Linda Nagata

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Linda Nagata’s newest short story “Light and Shadow” is in the just-released anthology War Stories, edited by Jaym Gates and Andrew Liptak, and published by Apex Publications. War Stories is an anthology of military science fiction that also includes stories … Continue reading


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