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September Redux: are we nearly there yet?

I always suspected September would be a month too far in the tightrope of work vs well-being, and that pretty much panned out as expected. Exhaustion and headaches made for a short temper, a terrible attention span and less blogging than I would have liked, but thankfully didn’t completely curtail my reading. And I now get some time off, HOORAY!

Reading round-up, Stacking the shelves and goal progress

The Poppy War: deconstructing expectations

Book cover: The Poppy War - R F Kuang (gloriously beautiful black and white illustration of an archer)Supernatural heroes won the Second Poppy War. Now war orphan Rin is determined to escape a future of marriage and drug running for her foster parents. She will fight herself to win a place at the Empire’s prestigious military academy – and fight everyone else to keep it. Can she learn enough to keep her country safe from the resurgent Mugen Federation?

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Tremontaine: Building Bridges

While Esha, Diane and Kaab make the case for change and new ways of thinking, they face opposition from the Hill right down to Riverside from those with a vested interest in keeping things the way they are. The stakes may vary, but the game is getting very, very personal…

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Top Ten Tuesday: why I haven’t read these yet?

Top Ten Tuesday is was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week, we’re considering those books that we haven’t read yet, even though they were written by authors we adore. Really, why haven’t we read them yet?

Too many books, not enough time

Shelter: ushering in the Aftermath

Book cover: Shelter - Dave Hutchinson (a man walks towards a cottage against a lurid red-yellow sky)When the Sisters hit the Earth, they ended modern civilisation in minutes. Tidal waves wiped out coastal cities. The Long Autumn culled millions as oceans rose, crops failed and medicines ran out. 100 years later, opposing forces are trying to assert control over Britain’s scattered survivors. Welcome to the Aftermath.

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Throwback Thursday: The Goblin Emperor

Book cover: The Goblin Emperor - Katherine AddisonYoung, sheltered and abused, Maia is the Emperor’s least-loved son, the only offspring of a poorly-judged political match. When a terrible accident kills his father and brothers, Maia is recalled from exile and proclaimed Emperor – upsetting every apple cart in the empire. Can he hold on to the throne?

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Tremontaine: What Goes Up…

It’s all celebrations and disasters this week. Diane and Kaab are tempted to question just how secure they are in their recent successes. Rafe is left questioning how well he knows a dear friend – and Tess must confront the murky underside of progress…

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Top Ten Tuesday: autumn reads

Top Ten Tuesday is was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week, it’s time to take a look at our autumn TBR!

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Announcing SciFiMonth 2018: the universe is what we make of it

Summer is drawing to a close, and the nights are getting longer. It’s time to look up at the stars and wonder what’s out there. That’s right, friends – SciFiMonth is on its way! Lisa and I will be your intergalactic hosts once again this year as we read, blog and dream about all things science fictional. Will you join us?

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Ghost Wall: thin skins and thinner boundaries

Book cover: Ghost Wall - Sarah Moss (close-up of interwoven branches)Just how far will a group of experimental archaeologists go to re-enact Iron Age life and rituals? Time for a rare break from my usual genre diet to enjoy Sarah Moss’s brilliant new short novel, Ghost WallContinue reading “Ghost Wall: thin skins and thinner boundaries”

Tremontaine: Potential

Welcome back to a City in the grip of progress. Driven by the vision of the Duchess Tremontaine. Enriched by the commercial success of the Kinwiinik led by Ixkaab Balam. Enlightened by the intellectual patronage of Far-Reza. Made – day by day, page by page – more equal by the open door policy of Rafe Fenton’s City Academy. Rain-soaked and miserable after a wet season. What new challenges lie ahead in this final season of my beloved serial?

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Tremontaine Season Three: round-up

With the Final Season just around the corner, I have finally managed to finish Season Three. It’s taken me an awfully long time to get back to Tremontaine, but Season Three more than stands up to a reread: if anything, it’s better second time around. Time for a look at the final four episodes before all our hearts are (probably) ripped to pieces this autumn…

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