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Bite-size Books: The Citadel of Weeping Pearls

Book cover: The Citadel of Weeping Pearls - Aliette de Bodard (an Asian woman in flowing red dress sits on a dragon throne against a backdrop of stars and towers. Seriously gorgeous, this one)The Empress ordered her fleets to destroy the Citadel of Weeping Pearls and its ruler – her daughter – for fear of the weapons their unusual science was creating. But the Citadel disappeared. 30 years later, with war looming against an enemy who can turn their mindships against them, can the Bright Princess be found – and persuaded to come home?

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Throwback Thursday: Nemesis Games

Unexpected saviours of Ilus, the crew of the Roci scatter for a well-earned break. But old feuds die hard. As humanity streams through the Gates to colonise new worlds, the Solar System is ripped apart by unexpected violence on an unimaginable scale. Can Alex, Amos, Jim and Naomi survive alone?

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Subjective Chaos: announcing our 2018 finalists

We’re entering the final phase of the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards. After the initial phase of nomination and debate, we ended up with 5 categories and 33 nominees. Now we’re down to the wire after six months of reading, discussing and voting: it’s finalist time. So who has made our final cut?

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The Court of Broken Knives: poetic grimdark

Book cover: The Court of Broken Knives - Anna Smith Spark (a sword and a figure silhouetted as if in firelight)Sorlost is the heart of the richest empire in the world: ancient, proud, unconquered. But its self-regard is stronger than its armies. As nobles conspire for power and mercenaries flock to their call, who will prove ruthless enough to seize – and hold – power?

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Top Ten Reasons To Join The Hexarchate

Yoon Ha Lee’s Machineries of Empire is hands-down my favourite space opera of recent years. The third book, Revenant Gun, was published this week, bringing the series to a close (or does it? There’s a promise of short stories to come, at least) and I’m delighted to be part of the supporting blog tour. To celebrate, I’m giving you my top ten reasons to join the Hexarchate…

Spoiler-free for plot and character details

Throwback Thursday: Cibola Burn

Book cover: Cibola Burn - James S A Corey (green hued exploding space ships)The Gates are open and humanity is headed for the stars. When Belter refugees colonise Ilus first, they’re not prepared to make way for the official corporate mission that follows – the Rocinante is sent to keep the peace – with Miller determined to come along for the ride.

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Wyrd and Wonder: in case you missed it

We started our quest with two dozen companions out to see how much fantasy we could celebrate in a month. I missed quite a lot of the latter half of Wyrd and Wonder – work exploded into overdrive and then my remote holiday turned out to have even less internet access than expected. However, there’s no stopping a fantasy party on a quest – so I’ve had an awful lot of fun catching up to compile this final retrospective! Continue reading “Wyrd and Wonder: in case you missed it”

Wyrd and Wonder: in case you missed it

We’re halfway through our month of Wyrd and Wonder (SNIFF) – I’ve been a little distracted by work (grr), but am loving my daily dose of all things fantastic! It can be tricky to keep up though, so here’s your weekly catch up of what we’ve seen this second week…

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Wyrd and Wonder: in case you missed it

Wyrd and Wonder is off to a flying start – I’m delighted and overwhelmed by all the passion for fantasy being shared! It can be tricky to keep up, so here’s the first in a weekly series of catch up posts to highlight at least some of the blog posts, bookstagrams and chat so far…

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Revenant Gun: the final battle for the Hexarchate’s soul

Book cover: Revenant Gun - Yoon Ha Lee (space ship flying away from explosion and asteroids)The Hexarchate is no more. Only two Hexarchs survive: slippery Shuos Mikodez, backing Cheris’s nascent democracy; and immortal Nirai Kujen, determined to resurrect the high calendar to maintain his grip on life. And even Protector-General Kel Inesser and her fleet don’t back him. Kujen isn’t worried: he has another incarnation of Shuos Jedao at his command…

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Throwback Thursday: Abaddon’s Gate

Book cover: Abaddon's Gate - James S A Corey (view up the side of a spacecraft above a planet lost in yellow haze)In the outer reaches, the protomolecule has built a gate to… somewhere else. It’s the last place a haunted Jim Holden wants to go, but a determined young woman with a vendetta against him holds all the cards. Leaving human space may be the only way the Rocinante can escape her well-laid plans…

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Subjective Chaos: halfway there (in theory, anyway)

Time for another peek at the progress of the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards panel! Is it April already? Cue not so much chaos as panic (at least for this reader), as that means we’re halfway through the process – at least in terms of time, if not in progress… So how are we getting on?

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