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The Expanse Read-along: Nemesis Games – Week 3

Just when you think the stakes can’t get any higher, Marco spells out his vision for the solar system and every member of the Rocinante finds themselves fighting for their survival – body and soul.

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The Hanging Tree: dancing the Tyburn jig

Book cover: The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch (pinky-purple cast to a map of London, Mayfair dripping blood)Peter Grant is back in London – and Lady Tyburn wants to call in a long-owed favour. But when it becomes clear that the case involves an untimely death, ancient magical artefacts being sold on eBay and the Faceless Man himself, Peter knows this it can’t be swept under the carpet – even for an influential Mayfair goddess…

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Tremontaine: Ambition

It’s autumn at last, which means it’s time to return to the intoxicating world of Riverside and the City. Grab your chocolate, grab your loved one – with three women of immense character preparing to grasp power for themselves at last, can they all realise their ambitions? Or will they thwart one another’s dreams? That’s right folks, it’s Tremontaine time!

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The Expanse Read-along: Nemesis Games – Week 2

The crew of the Rocinante are scattered across the solar system. While Naomi and Amos try to dig their way out of their pasts, Alex and Jim are drawn into dangerous mysteries that threaten whole worlds. Because whoever is stealing ships has started killing to cover their tracks – and they’re only just getting started…

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Within the Sanctuary of Wings

Book cover: Within the Sanctuary of Wings - Marie Brennan - dragons!Isabella, Lady Trent, is now a famous scientist and a happily-married woman – if still unwelcome in the ranks of the Collegium. But there’s nothing so dangerous as boredom, so when a Yelangese rebel puts temptation in her way, Isabella, Suhail and Tom set off on their biggest adventure yet…

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The Expanse Read-along: Nemesis Games – Week 1

Humanity is streaming from the solar system to the stars, and not everyone is as happy about it as you might expect. The Rocinante – fresh home from Ilus / New Terra – needs 6 months of repairs. The enforced pause grants her crew some rare breathing space, but time to reflect is also time for the past to creep up on you – and only Jim Holden, the most public man in the galaxy, has no skeletons rattling his closet doors…

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Redux: September sucked, frankly

September has been a mess in meatspace, featuring all the work, a plonker rear-ending our recently-acquired car and a death in the immediate family. I won’t lie, it’s been hard and I’m feeling pretty battered. We managed to get away on holiday to Scotland, which was lovely, but as I worked at least briefly most days anyway, it wasn’t very restful. Hold the sympathy. Just send chocolate.

Reading round-up, Stacking the shelves and goal progress

The Expanse Read-along: Cibola Burn – Week 4

As Cibola goes full Burn, the gloves come off, with Murtry determined to claim the planet for RCE through weight of numbers – of corpses. While Havelock has finally learnt to question dubious orders, there are sadly plenty others who are happy to pick up arms against civilians in distress. And if Holden and Miller can’t switch off the planet’s defences, nobody is likely to survive until a rescue ship arrives…

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The Expanse Read-along: Cibola Burn – Week 3

Just when it seemed things couldn’t get much worse, we get an apocalyptic explosion, blinding rain and poorly-trained gung ho idiots getting their hands on live ammo. What more can possibly go wrong? …I sort of wish I hadn’t asked. I suspect the answer is EVERYTHING.

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Top Ten Tuesday: weighty tomes I’m yet to read

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we have fun making bookish lists. I’m going off-topic again this week, as I want to revisit the Big Book Tag and look at the doorstops on my TBR.

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The Expanse Read-along: Cibola Burn – Week 2

On Ilus / New Terra, the human colonists are locked into a vicious cycle of violence and revenge. With no back-up, there’s little Jim Holden can do to calm things down – and every sign that both sides are more interested in first strikes than striking deals. Worse, as the scientists discover more about the planet, it’s looking less and less like a safe place to be…

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Top Ten Tuesday: my autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we talk about a bookish topic and have fun making lists. The temperature’s dropping along with the leaves – must be time for our autumn TBRs!

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