#musicmonday – The Night Eternal by At The Gates

Hi all, and welcome to another Music Monday, an idea that originated at The Tattooed Book Geek – ‘just a nobody with a blog’ (wordpress.com). Let’s start with a little story time. Seven years ago, I was sorta breaking into music journalism. I was writing for a sadly defunct website named Thrash Hits and eying up […]

Friday Five: Moment of Adrenaline Edition

1. In a refreshing change, SFF twitter’s big thing has been laughing at the announcement that a guy who spends a bunch of time wearing black latex not being into sexy stuff, rather than drama. The jokes have been fantastic. Let’s raise a glass to that. To celebrate, here’s my favourite meme. 2. Blog of […]

Paladin’s Grace by T Kingfisher

Expectations are funny things when you come down to it. This is the first T Kingfisher book I’d read, the result of a hard sell from Fabienne over at Libri Draconis. Kingfisher had been kind of on my list somewhere but not high up. I had a rough idea of what to expect from friends. […]

Brightly Burning by Mercedes Lackey

(Some Spoilers) Simplicity, they say, is the ultimate sophistication. If so, this is book is very sophisticated. Burning Brightly is a deep cut from the lengthy bibliography that is Lackey’s Valdemar series, a standalone with characters that have little link to any of the many trilogies that make up the whole. It is, as the […]

Inside Sample Mountain – Built From Blind Faith Edition

Hello hello lovely people. It’s been a while since I stopped to look at all the kindle samples I’ve taken in the belief that maybe I’d read them one day. Well, that day has come a little close as I’ve been looking at the samples again. Here’s some first impressions from the samples I’ve been […]

The Why of Worldbuilding

Once upon a time, a fellow of my acquaintance challenged someone to be a full Marie Brennan fanatic and get everything, including all four Worldbuilding books (but not Cold-Forged Flame, the best thing she’s written). This got my attention right away. Did I love worldbuilding? Yes. Did I know Marie Brennan is an academically trained […]

In Power We Entrust The Love Adocated by Dead Can Dance

Hi all, and welcome to another Music Monday, an idea that originated at The Tattooed Book Geek – ‘just a nobody with a blog’ (wordpress.com). It’s time to goth it up again with some early Dead Can Dance, in the form of In Power We Entrusted The Love Advocated from The Garden of the Arcane Delights. […]

Heroes Shed No Tears by Gu Long

I mostly know Wuxia like I know a sport I’ve watched for a week. A few articles and a few books have given me a fair understanding of the general thing; a belief that I understand the core precepts quite well, and a knowledge that I undoubtedly have several blind spots remaining to say the […]

Friday Five: Bedraggled Cat Edition

Evening all. Or probably morning when you read this, as I’m writing late and most of my audience is UK/Europe based. Or whatever time of day it is. Apparently my third highest source of hits is Thailand? I’m not sure I even know anyone there (sentences that will no doubt prove embarrassing swiftly). Feel free […]