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In the tech capital of the world. Lots of people reading, but I’m yet to see a Kindle. HOORAY for books!

Bite-sized books: Broken Banners

Book Cover: Broken BannersElinor and Con are about to be reminded that corruption is a way of life in the Marches. Already in disgrace, Elinor will have to choose between risking the lives of her engineers or leaving another Reaper’s squad in the hands of a murderous upstart. When honour is for sale, how can she determine what is right?

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Comparative lit: Star Wars as Irish epic

Eogan Aenfer. Or Jeanne Rynhart's Cuchulainn.In a galaxy far, far away, a young director created an epic that dominated the imaginations of generations. But what if Star Wars were based on earlier literary traditions? This week, I’m taking a look at the Tattoine Cycle: A New Hope re-imagined as an Irish epic.

As ever, the real question: will Han shoot first?

Riverside Read-along: Swordspoint #1

swordspointEllen Kushner’s Swordspoint gets regular mention as one of the classic modern fantasies that I should have read by now. But why oh why did nobody ever say ‘it’s fantasy Dangerous Liaisons with gay fencing’?

Seriously, if that doesn’t do it for you…

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Top Ten Tuesday: relationships not love affairs

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we all get to talk about a bookish topic and have fun making lists. I know, I know, it’s not Tuesday. It’s almost Top Ten Thursday (oops). But it’s not Valentine’s Day yet, so it’s not too late for this week’s theme!

More couples, less romance

Graft – Matt Hill

Book cover: Graft - Matt HillManchester, 2025. Real food is scarce. Public services are run by crime syndicates. Drones guard the motorways. And someone is trafficking people across dimensions, stealing their memories, their voices, their names in the pursuit of profit. As dystopian near-futures go, Graft cuts close to the bone in every sense.

Sit back and prepare to be disturbed (minor spoilers)

Comparative lit: Star Wars as Norse saga

Obivan. Oh, okay. Statue of Leif Eriksson, ReykjavikIn a galaxy far, far away, a young director created an epic that dominated the imaginations of generations. But what if Star Wars were based on earlier literary traditions? This week, I’m taking a look at the Tattúínárdøla saga: all six Lucas films as Old Norse saga.

Blood, runes and honour

Top Ten Tuesday: looking forward, looking back

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we all get to talk about a bookish topic and have fun making lists. This week, it’s Historic and/or Futuristic Settings. And I’m indecisive, so I’m going with half and half.

Now I wouldn’t necessarily want to LIVE then, but…

Is it (nearly) February already?

January has felt very episodic as I started the year travelling around Iceland (I’ll write about it at some point, but instagram has day by day scenery porn picspam), had to take unexpected trips north and work has been fragmentary. Sadly, this hasn’t resulted in READING ALL THE BOOKS, because exploring Iceland was distracting and Lagoon took longer than expected (a sure sign I’m not enjoying something).

Reading round-up, Stacking the shelves and goal progress

The Masked City: regarding fae, dragons, librarians and glee

Book cover: The Masked CityIrene is a Librarian with a capital L – a secret agent who recovers books of note for the Library, hopping from one alternate reality to another. Irene settled down in a Victorian steampunk alternate when her apprentice is kidnapped by local Fae. But Kai is actually a dragon prince. If Irene can’t get him back, this will be the opening move in a multiverse-wide war between order and chaos.

Unexpected flailing enthusiasm

I’m looking forward to joining a read-along of Joyce Chng’s The Tale of Yin duology (Of Oysters, Pearls and Magic and The Path of Kindness) starting later this month. If you fancy a set of linked short stories exploring women, magic, privilege, and compassion in a fantasy setting, you might like to join us.

Lagoon

lagoonWhen an alien spacecraft lands in the lagoon off Lagos, the world changes. As the panic-stricken city tears itself apart, three people are chosen to make first contact. They will have to confront their deepest secrets, if they – and the rest of Lagos – are to survive.

I joined Claire and Nikki of Bitches with Books for this month’s Bitches Book Club read.

Warning: spoilers and too many parentheses

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