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Top Ten Tuesday: authors I discovered in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. We usually talk about a bookish topic, in which we all talk about a bookish topic and have fun making lists. This week, we’re looking at authors we read for the first time this year.

Hooray – it’s the first of the end of year round-ups! 

A Closed and Common Orbit: across the uncanny valley

It’s time to dive back into deep space with the read-along for A Closed and Common Orbit, the much-anticipated sequel to last year’s break-out debut The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. This week we’re hosted by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow – we’ll be reading through December so if you’re interested in participating, hop on over to the SF/F Read-Along group to join the discussion.

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Tremontaine: The Duchess Gambit

Trick question: the correct answer is almost certainly to ask what Diane would do. But neither Kaab nor Rafe are thinking clearly this week.

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Europe in Winter: redrawing the map

Book cover: Europe in Winter - Dave Hutchinson (3 faces reflected in an icy surface)The fractures are becoming kaleidoscopic in the third instalment of the Fractured Europe sequence. University intelligence man Rupert is now settled in Europe and working as an agent for Rudi; former chef Rudi is trying to work out who is behind a string of terrorist attacks; and who knows what the Community – or the Coureurs – are really up to…

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November Redux: SciFi Month round-up

It’s been another glorious SciFi Month – always a great way to brighten up November as the nights draw in and the clocks go back. Cold weather and wet days make good reading days, and with the state of the world knocking my concentration and peace of mind for six, it’s been wonderful to contrast it with some great stories, some geeky discussions and our very first guest post from Lesley Conner and the Apex slush team!


The Book Was Better (or was it?)

I learnt young to mistrust the excitement of hearing that a beloved book is being turned into a movie (thanks for nothing, Disney). It’s a sentiment shared by many bookworms after the latest Hollywood attempt to boil a favourite down to 90 minutes of entertainment: the book was better. But is this always true? For SciFi Month, I revisited Jurassic Park to see how it held up.

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Top Ten Tuesday: SF so good you want to give it away

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we all talk about a bookish topic and have fun making lists. This week, we’re recommending gifts – and as it’s SciFi Month, you can guess what my theme will be…

It’s a present, precious, and we wantsss it

Tremontaine: Blood and Silk

It’s another episode by Mary-Ann Mohanraj, which means MORE ESHA! See me do the happy sword dance. This week the themes of friendship and family are front and centre as Diane receives an unexpected visitor, and Kaab takes Tess to meet the Balam.

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Tremontaine: Alive, and Home Here

Last week was a tour de force from Alaya Dawn Johnson, giving us a searching look into the conflicted hearts of our protagonists. Kaab is caught between her love and her family; Rafe is torn between his vow and his urges; and Diane is ever so curious to get to the bottom of what lies between Vincent and the Ambassdor from Chartil (aren’t we all!)…

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Redux: Now we are one

Today is x+1’s first blogiversary – and I’m delighted to say there’s still always room for one more. And then some. I’ve been casually writing reviews for years, but it’s been an interesting journey learning to do so more consistently and regularly. Thank you for joining me on my odyssey through fantasy, scifi and speculative fiction. I hope you’ve been enjoying it as much as I have – and I hope you’ll stick around for more book-related shenanigans in the future.

To celebrate, I’m giving away a copy of Yoon Ha Lee’s stunning debut, Ninefox Gambit. And I’m delighted to say the winner is Avada Kedavra!

Polar City Blues: re-visiting an old favourite

Book cover: Polar City Blues - Katharine Kerr (a space port in shades of misty blue)When a Confederation diplomat shows up dead in Polar City, police chief Al Bates must race against the clock to solve the crime if he is to avoid 3 governments landing troops to ‘keep the peace’. Only Bobbie Lacey, ex-spacer, comp jockey and trader in information has access to all the sources to start putting the pieces together. But will a ghetto girl work with the cops?

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Confessions of a bad SF fan

Confession time: every time I see a list of ‘must-read scifi novels’ or ‘scifi to read before you die’, my heart sinks. Just for a moment. I guess I’m just a bad SF fan – the classics that typically dominate these lists very rarely float my boat. But is that my failing or theirs?

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