Category Archives: Books

Cover Girl

So yeah, that’s the cover of the new issue of Locus. As you can see, it has my name on it. Obviously there are a lot of other names too. That’s because it is the Recommended Reading List issue, and … Continue reading

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The Cis Gaze at Work

Today The Guardian has an article titled, “Top 10 books about gender identity”. It is written by a cis person, for cis people. Here’s why. Let’s start with that photo, which gets bathrooms wrong in just about every way possible. … Continue reading

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Juliet Is Busy

As I mentioned over the weekend, Western Shore, the latest Juliet McKenna novel from Wizard’s Tower, is now available in the usual shops. Meanwhile Juliet, bless her, has been very busy. First up on her own website she has posted … Continue reading

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Western Shore in Store

The latest release from Wizard’s Tower is now available in the usual ebook stores. You can find the purchase links here.

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Best Trans Fiction of 2015

The lovely people at Lethe Press are already well known for producing the Wilde Stories and Heiresses of Russ series of anthologies which collect, respectively, the best gay and the best lesbian speculative short fiction of the year. Now at … Continue reading

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Coming Soon – Western Shore

Barring unforeseen disasters, the latest Juliet E. McKenna novel should be in ebook stores later this week. Western Shore continues the saga of the Aldabreshin Compass. More fabulous Ben Baldwin artwork. Next up, Eastern Tide. I’m looking forward to being … Continue reading

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October Fringe – Joanne Hall & Jonathan L Howard

Here’s a nicely horrifying way to start the new year: the Halloween special edition of BristolCon Fringe. It features some deeply creepy readings and a great deal of swearing (we love that explicit tag on iTunes). First up is Jo … Continue reading

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New Year Things

I don’t see any point in making resolutions that I’m not going to keep, so for now I’m just going to try to say “no” a bit more often, especially when it involves people asking me to do work for … Continue reading

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A Little Gay YA(-ish) Fantasy

Accepted wisdom in the blogosphere these days seems to be that diversity simply didn’t exist in SF&F prior to 2014 (or prior to the advent of YA, depending on which theory you subscribe to). Before that all of SF&F was … Continue reading

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Get Your African Monsters Here

The good folks at Fox Spirit are doing an excellent series of books looking at monster legends around the world. Significantly they are asking writers from other countries to write about their own monsters. The first volume, European Monsters, has … Continue reading

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David Rain (Tom Arden) – R.I.P.

I’ve just had the sad news that David Rain died this morning after a long battle with cancer. Most of you won’t know David by that name, but as Tom Arden he produced a fabulous fantasy series — The Orokon … Continue reading

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Me On The Aqueduct

It is that time of year again, so I have written my post for the traditional end of year review series on the Aqueduct Press website. If you want to know what I have been enjoying reading, watching and listening … Continue reading

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Book Review – Radiance

Every time I write a review of one of Cat Valente’s books I end up feeling horribly inadequate. I’m sure that there are subtleties of the plot that I haven’t grasped. I’m sure that I have failed to convey the … Continue reading

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The VanderMeer Winter Mix Tape StoryBundle

The fabulous Ann & Jeff VanderMeer have a thing going over at StoryBundle. It is a collection of works that they have been involved in, and which will make up one of those bundle things that people seem so obsessed … Continue reading

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Airship Pirates

Piracy is a fact of life in the ebook business. I get regular reports from Juliet on the game of Whack-a-Mole required to keep on top of the problem with regard to her novels. However, not everything gets pirated. The … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima: Lovecraft, Planetfall, AIDS and Cinders

Today’s show on Ujima began with me interviewing local writer, Jonathan L Howard, about his new book, Carter & Lovecraft (which I reviewed here). We talked a fair amount about Lovecraft the man, about the World Fantasy Awards and the … Continue reading

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The Storm Has Arrived

And not just the weather outside either. No, I’m talking about the latest release from Wizard’s Tower: Northern Storm, book 2 in the Aldabreshin Compass series by Juliet E McKenna. The book is available in most of the usual stores … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Northern Storm

Every so often I remember that I run a publishing company as well as being a trans activist, a diversity trainer, an historian, and someone with a day job she needs to get done to pay the rent. Last night … Continue reading

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Looking for Lesbians

Yesterday’s Annual General Meeting of OutStories Bristol went very well. Thanks to the fabulous Bea Hitchman we had a good crowd of interested outsiders to make us quorate; and thanks to expert training from Kevin I was able to speed … Continue reading

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Negotiating with the Dead

Today I’ll be in Bristol for the Annual General Meeting of OutStories Bristol, the LGBT History group of which I am co-chair. Our guest speaker for the event is Bea Hitchman, author of the fabulous Petite Mort. In the talk … Continue reading

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