Mini Reviews: 24 Hours in Ancient China by Yijie Zhuang, How To Behave Badly in Renaissance Britain by Ruth Goodman, Perdurabo by Richard Kacynzski, 24 Hours in Ancient Egypt by Donald P. Ryan

24 Hours in Ancient China by Yijie Zhuang: Hugely well-written and informative, this book tries to take you deep inside the heads and mindsets of twenty-four commoners in Ancient China as they go about their daily business. Recreation of ancient mindsets is always a risky business but it is carried off convincingly if nothing else, […]

Mini-Reviews: Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather, Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente, The Labyrinth’s Archivist by Day Al-Mohamed

Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather – This novella is a treat. The prose sits in my sweet spot – elegant, clear as a summer sky, subtly poetic, mindful of its characters’ thoughts. The characterisation is very smart and well done for the length. The underlying idea of an organic spaceship is executed […]

Inside Sample Mountain: Novella Tranche Three

A Ruin of Shadows by LD Lewis – I instantly liked the tone of this one. Yeah, there’s some things people might see as flawed – maybe me too. It’s a very exposition heavy opening and there’s not anything particularly fresh about the concept. But the writing style just appeals to me. Take this excerpt: […]

Inside Sample Mountain: Novella Tranche Two

Before I get into this tranche, there’s something I want to touch on. That is novella pricing. In a way, I’d have preferred not to know prices before I did this, but it’s very hard to grab samples without seeing the price. As such, I know most of these novellas cost about £2, and some […]

Inside Sample Mountain: Novella Tranche One

The following is a set of mini-reviews of the kindle samples of novellas, as recommended to me in the manner described in this post. Obviously there’s a limit to how much you can find out about a book, but hopefully it offers a little information and maybe whets some appetites. Sunset Mantle by Alter S […]

Inside Sample Mountain – Late November Edition

Hello, and welcome to another edition of me trying to decide which of my kindle samples will be kept in mind for going forwards. This post was written quite a long time ago but left unpolished and unpublished; I’ve gone back over the samples a bit to refresh my memory but it’s an interesting test […]

Review Round Up: Rainy Day Edition

As the end of the year approaches, I am trying to do a spot of housecleaning. That involves submitting reviews for things I said I’d review but for whatever reason, never did. Everything here is DNF, and hopefully this will both explain why I did so and maybe give others incentive to try. The Irin […]