Tag Archive: Ian McDonald

Mar 05

Week 9: Clever Cliches, Awkward Sex Scenes and an Enjoyable Pot Boiler

Books Read Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald Currently Reading The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (1) This has been a week of podcasts with one recorded and published on the weekend (Coode Street Roundtable episode 2) and an episode of Shooting The Poo recorded Thursday night.  On Saturday Kirstyn and I will be …

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Feb 26

Week 8: What Are Award Shortlists For? No… really… please tell me… I want to know…

Books Read Afrosf: Science Fiction by African Writers edited by Ivor W. Hartmann The Sea is Our: Tales from Steampunk Southeast Asia edited by Jamyee Goh and Joyce Chng Currently Reading Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald (1) What are award shortlists for? Obviously their main purpose is to SELL A SHITLOAD MORE BOOKS FOR HUNGRY …

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Feb 08

BSFA Shortlist – Best Novel

The British Science Fiction Association shortlist was announced on the weekend.  As with last year I’ll be reading the five books nominated in the Best Novel category: Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett (Corvus) The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz) Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald (Gollancz) Glorious …

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Oct 14

Book Review: Empress of the Sun by Ian McDonald

I’ve always been a fan of Ian McDonald’s adult novels. While they overflow with ideas and insights there quite dense in regard to plotting and theme (in a good way). They’re books that need to be unpacked and discussed and cogitated over. Empress of the Sun (book three in the Everness series) couldn’t be different. That’s …

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May 05

The Locus Award Nominees Have Been Announced

I’ve been hanging out for the announcement of the Locus Award nominees.  This Award has always been an excellent snapshot of the state of (mostly) American SF&F and because my tastes have clearly drifted away from core genre, I’m curious to see how I react to the 20 novels listed below (or at least the …

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Jan 16

Book Review: Reach For Infinity edited by Jonathan Strahan

What’s It About It’s the third anthology in Jonathan’s Strahan’s Infinity series.  This one collects 14 short stories from writers like Ellen Klages, Adam Roberts and Karen Lord.  It focuses on humanity taking the next big step forward – whether that be colonising Mars, coming to terms with Artificial Intelligence or the challenges of travelling in …

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