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Throwback Thursday: Foxglove Summer

Book cover: Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch (blood smearing across a map of the English countryside)Reeling from recent betrayals, Peter Grant finds himself packed off to the Welsh borders to rule out magical interference in a child abduction case and take some time out in the country air to work through his tangled emotions. If only life were that simple.

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Bitesize Books: Acadie

Book cover: Acadie - Dave Hutchsinon (spaceships against green spacescape)The Colony have hidden from Earth for 500 years, screened behind their dewline, protected by their superior technology and their augmented intelligence. But as humanity colonises the stars, they have never stopped hunting their wayward children. Who will inherit the stars?

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Top Ten Tuesday: books that refused to be easy reading

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. This week, we’re considering books that gave us a hard time. It is worth the effort you have to put in sometimes?

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Bitesize Books: Every Heart a Doorway

Book cover: Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire (a door opening in a wood)Children go missing all the time. Sometimes, there is a fuss. Sometimes, they come home. Sometimes, they’ve been much further than you’d think. Welcome to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. Leave your disbelief at the door. Open your heart wide. Bring tissues.

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Redux: August

August proved work could get busier and hours could get longer – especially when you can do a working days across multiple timezones back to back. Not that I’d let a little thing like that get in the way of reading (although by mid-month it was taking chunks out of my energy for reviewing). Definitely looking forward to a holiday!

Reading round-up, Stacking the shelves and goal progress

Top Ten Tuesday: doorstops

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 this week, as I was beguiled by a tag the lovely Avalinah posted a while back. So it’s a Top Ten Tuesday / Big Book Tag cross-over!

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The Expanse Read-along: Abaddon’s Gate – Week 4

While Bull and his new allies go toe to toe with Ashton’s well-armed forces, Anna tries to persuade the fleet to switch off all their power to persuade the station they’re no longer a threat. With Ashford intent on destroying the gate itself – which might cause the station to wipe out the entire solar system – there’s a lot worth fighting for. Or dying for. Will there be a home to try to get back to?

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Throwback Thursday: Broken Homes

Book cover: Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch (bloodstained London streetmap in yellow and red)Peter’s early adventures in architecture finally stand him in good stead as the Isaacs try to figure out the magical ambitions of a long-dead German architect. Meanwhile the Faceless Man is back in town, and he has an alarming (and rather fabulous) new ally…

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An A-Z of bookish delight

I’m taking a break from Top Ten Tuesday – I’ve enjoyed the little hiatus, so I’m going to participate less frequently to try and stay fresh. However, I do like a good meme and happily The Illustrated Page tagged me in the A-Z Book tag – so here we go! An alphabet of SFF favourites:

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New Pompeii: what did the Romans ever do to us?

Book cover: New Pompeii - Daniel Godfrey (a city slipping through an hourglass into a volcano)Nick Houghton is running out of time. His father’s disgrace and a straitened economy look set to ruin his academic career. When a shadowy corporation make him an offer too good to refuse, he doesn’t. What classicist could say no to the chance to go to Pompeii?

Yes of course the misquote is on purpose

The Expanse Read-along: Abaddon’s Gate – Week 3

Everybody wants to get their hands on Jim Holden – but Mars got to him first. As Baca tries to persuade the survivors to join him aboard the Behemoth, the Martians refuse to hand over their prisoner – and Captain Ashford becomes increasingly volatile. Meanwhile, Anna shows Melba just what a priest can do when she puts her mind to it…

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Throwback Thursday: Traitor’s Blade

Book cover: Traitors Blade - Sebastien de Castell (a swordsman in a swooshy blood-red cloak)The Greatcoats once enforced the King’s Law. Now they are outcast wanderers, despised by the commoners they no longer defend and feared by the Dukes whose will they used to thwart. But the First Magister has not abandoned his dead King’s dream. If he can find the King’s best-kept secret, the Greatcoats may yet defeat the Dukes’ dream of absolute rule.

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