Category Archives: Books

Book Review – Ancestral Night

I do enjoy a good Elizabeth Bear novel. Also I can’t remember ever reading a bad Elizabeth Bear novel, so I tend to pick them up when they come out these days. Ancestral Night is no exception. It is a … Continue reading

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Maria Dahvana Headley in the Salon

Continuing my efforts to catch up on audio recordings, I have posted my interview with Maria Dahvana Headley, which I recorded when Maria was in Oxford talking about The Mere Wife to experts on Anglo Saxon literature. We did talk … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Raven Tower

Well, this is a new departure for Ann Leckie: a fantasy novel. The good news, folks, is that it is a stand-alone fantasy novel. It is not book one in an interminable epic saga. But will it please fantasy fans? … Continue reading

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Joanne Harris at FantasyCon

This is another interview I did at FantasyCon last year and subsequently used on Ujima. It is with Joanne Harris who, as she explains, is very much a fantasy writer no matter what bookshops might think. Joanne and I talked … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Ruin of Kings

For World Book Day I have something a bit special for you. I read a lot of fantasy debuts (Crawford award, remember?), but I have rarely seen one as sophisticated and assured as this one. It is, in many ways, … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Haunting of Tram Car 015

I do love the thing that Tor.com is doing with novellas. I adored The Black God’s Drums. P Djèlí Clark and his editor, Diana M Pho, will be on my Hugo ballot as a result. But that’s last year. This … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: Embers of War & Fleet of Knives

Bonus time: two for the price of one. As I was reviewing Gareth L Powell’s Fleet of Knives I figured I should go back and do Embers of War as well. It’s not like you can read book 2 of … Continue reading

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The HFRN 2019 Conference

As Twitter followers will be aware, I spent a couple of days in Manchester last week attending the Historical Fiction Research Network Annual Conference. This is a brief report of what went down. First of all, what is HFRN? Well, … Continue reading

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Book Review – The City in the Middle of the Night

I’m having a sick day today, having acquired a slight cold. All I had out in the world today were a couple of meetings, both of which can do without me, and both of whose attendees will doubtless be grateful … Continue reading

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Book Review – Black Leopard, Red Wolf

It seems like a long time since I did one of these things. I got out of the habit while I was on the Tiptree jury because I wasn’t allowed to review any submissions. Hopefully I can get back into … Continue reading

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New Book – Contains Romance

The above book is due out tomorrow, though you can pre-order it now from you know who. I’m writing about it now because tomorrow I’m traveling to Belfast via Dublin to give a talk at Queens University. The book is … Continue reading

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New Book – Lyda Gets an Omnibus

Now that I have the Wizard’s Tower bookstore open again I have been able to do something I have wanted to do for a couple of years: offer omnibus editions of some of the books we publish. The Tales of … Continue reading

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New Book – Contains Me

This is going to be a very busy week for book announcements. We’ll have something coming from Wizard’s Tower tomorrow, and an anthology I have a story in is being published on Thursday. Before that, however, there is this book. … Continue reading

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Article on Vector Blog

It being that time of year, I was asked to write a review of 2018 thing for Vector, the British Science Fiction Association’s journal. Being me, I chose to have a feminist focus for it. There are lots of books … Continue reading

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This Week on Ujima – It’s All Books

It is ridiculously hard to get people into the studio in the first week of January, because most of them won’t even look at their email until that Monday. So I was happy to have a bunch of interviews pre-recorded … Continue reading

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Marlon James to give Tolkien Lecture

One of the most eagerly awaited fantasy novels of the year is Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Written by Booker Prize winner, Jamaican Marlon James, it comes with an effusive blurb from Neil Gaiman. Gary Wolfe waxes lyrical about it in … Continue reading

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Up on the Aqueduct

More of the “that time of year” thing. This time it is the review of the year posts on the Aqueduct Press blog. The lovely folks at Aqueduct keep asking me to write these things, so I keep doing them. … Continue reading

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Happy Solstice – Time to Get Green!

Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! Here in the Northern Hemisphere the days will be getting longer and it is time to welcome the green back into our lives. Down south it is summer, and hopefully not too parched, Australia. What better … Continue reading

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Wizard’s Tower in Bath Tomorrow

If you happen to live in or near Bath, you may be interested in Small Publishers’ Gathering which is taking place in the city tomorrow. Wizard’s Tower will be one of the publishers attending, as will our good friends Tangent … Continue reading

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The Mere Wife on Tour

You only get to be on the Tiptree Jury for one year, which given the amount of work is just as well. However, one book I would have looked forward to reading this year would have been Maria Dahvana Headley’s … Continue reading

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