Category Archives: Books

New In Stores – The Assassin’s Edge

The latest release from Wizard’s Tower, The Assassin’s Edge by Juliet E. McKenna, is now available in the major online stores. Links here. I’d like to say it is in our store too, but of course the VAT nonsense has … Continue reading

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Launching The Ship

Yesterday I made my way into Bristol to help out at an event organized by the Bristol Festival of Literature. It was the launch, at Foyles, of The Ship, a debut novel by Antonia Honeywell. Given that the book is … Continue reading

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New Airship Review

No Valentine’s cards managed to follow me to Manchester, but thanks to Jonathan Howard on Twitter I have found this review of Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion. I believe that this is the first time anyone has said anything nice … Continue reading

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Book Review – Karen Memory

I’m in Manchester, doing LGBT History, but I have nothing much to do tonight so I have settled into my hotel room and got a book review online. It is for Karen Memory, the new novel by Elizabeth Bear. Mostly … Continue reading

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Workshop on Reading Translated Fiction

A few weeks ago I wrote about a project at Bristol University that is studying reader opinions of translated fiction, and how such fiction, in particular from smaller European countries, can better be promoted. Last night I headed into Bath … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Galaxy Game

I have a new book review online. This one is of Karen Lord’s The Galaxy Game. It is a lovely book, but very subtle so I am sure that I have missed things about it. My apologies about that in … Continue reading

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New Surrealist Anthology

I have email advertising the opening of submissions for, A Galaxy of Starfish, an anthology of modern surrealism. This is a new venture by Andrew Hook whom some of you may remember as running Elastic Press back in the Emerald … Continue reading

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Mythago Wood at Mr. B’s

This evening was the first meeting of the year of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club run by Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. The book for this month was Mythago Wood, which has always been a favorite of … Continue reading

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Apex World SF #4

I have received a press release about the 4th volume of the Apex Book of World SF. This one will be edited by Mahvesh Murad who is from from Karachi in Pakistan. Lavie Tidhar is staying on as series editor. … Continue reading

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Buy A Castle In Spain

Well, not precisely. Castles in Spain is the name of a new anthology, currently being crowdfunded, that will feature English language translations (and the original Spanish*) of some of the very best of Spanish science fiction, fantasy and horror. It … Continue reading

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It’s Destroyin’ Time

Here I am channeling my internal Ben Grimm. Or possibly my internal Drax. Whatever, it is time to destroy science fiction again. This time we are doing it with glitter. Yes, as you may have noticed from Twitter, the Queers … Continue reading

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Launching the Monkey

This evening I was in Bristol for the launch of the third and final volume of Gareth L. Powell’s Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy, Macaque Attack. As promised in his bet with Twitter, Gareth turned up dressed as his hero. Here is … Continue reading

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Philip K. Dick Award Nominees

The nominees for this year’s Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. They are as follows: Elysium, Jennifer Marie Brissett (Aqueduct Press) The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, Rod Duncan (Angry Robot) The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, Meg Elison (Sybaritic Press) Memory … Continue reading

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Book Review: Roz’s Kaveney’s Resurrections

With apologies for the delay, I have finally got my review of the new Roz Kaveney novel online. Resurrections is the third in the Rhapsody of Blood series, which manages to be a whole lot of fun and very erudite … Continue reading

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Looking Forward to 2015

Lots of people are posting lists of books they are looking forward to in 2015. I thought I’d have a go too. Here are some planned new releases that I want to read. The Galaxy Game, Karen Lord (Jo Fletcher) … Continue reading

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Book Review – Straight

OK, so I spent part of Christmas reading a book about sex. It was interesting. Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality, by Hanne Blank, does exactly what it says on the cover. It looks at the history of the … Continue reading

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Year in Review on the Aqueduct

It being that time of year, my traditional Year in Review post is up at the Aqueduct Press blog. You can read it here. Hopefully it will make up a little for how little I have managed to review this … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman at the Merril

I have been lucky enough to be in Toronto when they had an author event on at the Merril Collection. This was Jill Lepore on tour with her new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Naturally I went along. … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, In Toronto

I am here. I won’t be online much, partly because I am busy, and partly because the roaming charges are horrendous. I have put my phone in airplane mode so that the apps on it can’t rack up massive bills … Continue reading

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Le Guin Loves Finland

Today’s tweet stream wasn’t all rage-inducing. There were some very nice things too. Top of the list was this blog post by Ursula K. Le Guin in which she praises her Finnish publisher for getting the appearance of characters right … Continue reading

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