Category Archives: Books

River Kingdom Cover Reveal

As announced last month, Wizard’s Tower will shortly be launching a brand new book by Juliet E. McKenna. This fabulous cover is by Ben Baldwin. I’ll be announcing details of how to pre-order the book soon. In the meantime, here’s … Continue reading

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Foz Meadows in The Salon

Last week I did an interview with Foz Meadows about her recently published novel, An Accident of Stars. As might be expected when you get two ranty feminists with a strong interest in gender together, we had a lot to … Continue reading

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Bristol Festival of Literature News

The website for this year’s Bristol Festival of Literature has started to roll out publicity. You can see the whole thing here, but I wanted to highlight a few things that may be of particular interest to you folks. On … Continue reading

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Coming in Translation from Aqueduct

Today I got email from Aqueduct Press talking about their forthcoming releases. Among them was Monteverde: Memoirs of an Interstellar Linguist, a short science fiction novel by Spanish writer, Lola Robles. It has been translated by my friend Lawrence Schimel, … Continue reading

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Freedom Youth in the News

The Bristol Cable has just run a nice little article about Free to be Me, the history of Freedom Youth that was launched at Bristol Pride this year. The article also includes a few quotes from some busybody called Cheryl … Continue reading

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Mike Carey at Waterstones

As promised, I have uploaded the other Mike Carey interview to Salon Futura. This is the one that we did at Waterstones in the evening. It is almost an hour long, so we have a lot more time to talk … Continue reading

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Finns for Hugos

Yeah, I am lamentably late publishing anything for Women in Translation Month. It is, after all, the last day of August. But I didn’t want to talk about these two books until the current year’s Hugo excitement was over, because … Continue reading

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Mike Carey in the Salon – Part I

Today on Salon Futura I posted the audio from my interview with Mike Carey on Ujima Women’s Outlook back in May. We were mainly discussing his latest novel, Fellside, but conversation also strayed onto The Girl with All the Gifts … Continue reading

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Paul Cornell in The Salon

Here’s another Ujima interview that I am posting because the Listen Again link has expired. In keeping with our theme of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who, here is Paul Cornell. Obviously the main topic of conversation was Paul’s Shadow Police … Continue reading

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Cavan Scott in The Salon

I have been working on processing some of the interview material that I did for Ujima and has now vanished from the Listen Again service. This week will be mainly about Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who, with a bit of … Continue reading

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Book Review – Full Fathom Five

Here’s another book with a trans character in it. This one was very different. As I note in the review, blink and you will miss the fact that the character is trans. On the one hand, that’s not good because … Continue reading

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New Juliet E. McKenna Book Forthcoming

Now there’s a nice thing to be able to announce. In October Wizard’s Tower will be publishing Shadow Histories of the River Kingdom, a new collection by Juliet E. McKenna. This volume brings together stories previously available in a range … Continue reading

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Book Review – Too Like the Lightning

I am continuing to work my way through books that do interesting things with gender. The latest victim subject is Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer. This is a book that attracted a lot of critical attention when it … Continue reading

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This Week on Ujima – Pete Sutton, Hate Crime & Teenagers

Yesterday’s Women’s Outlook show was supposed to kick off with Sarah Hilary talking about her fabulous new crime novel, Tastes Like Fear. However, Sarah is not well, and Pete Sutton gamely stepped in at the last minute to talk about … Continue reading

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Book Review – Lizard Radio

Here is the last of the book reviews I promised you of books with trans characters in them. This one is a Tiptree winner, and oddly enough the one that I was least impressed with. This review is fairly spoilery. … Continue reading

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Book Review – Every Heart A Doorway

Continuing my reviews of books featuring trans characters, today I am taking on what appears, at least in my little corner of the world, to be one of the most talked about books of the year. If you see someone … Continue reading

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Book Review – Masks And Shadows

As promised, I have posted another review of a book containing a trans character. This one is very different from The Fifth Season. Masks and Shadows is set in our world, in the 18th Century, and therefore has to navigate … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Fifth Season

I have been reading books, honest. Quite a few of them, in fact. There are lots of books featuring trans characters being published right now and I need to keep up. Finding time to write reviews is another issue, but … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – Cat Valente, Rape Prevention, Hate Crime & Brexit

Sorry about the weird company, Cat. That’s the way it goes with radio some days. Today’s show began with an interview I did with Cat Valente at Finncon. As usual with such things, I was only able to broadcast about … Continue reading

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Well That Went Well

The nice LGBT police people seemed to enjoy my talk. It was great to catch up with Surat Shaan Knan and see the new pop-up version of the Twilight People exhibition. There were at least two trans people (serving police … Continue reading

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