Tag Archive: James Bradley

Aug 07

The Silent Invasion by James Bradley

James Bradley is a mate so it’s certainly possible that my thoughts about The Silent Invasion are biased. Except I know that’s not the case. I didn’t love the book because James wrote it, I loved the book because it’s an intense, exciting and politically aware young adult novel about the possible end of the …

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Dec 06

Hystopia by David Means

“Hystopia” is the name Eugene Allen gives to his war novel, an attempt to work through the trauma he experienced during the Vietnam War. But before we even begin “Hystopia”, the reader is provided with a lengthy note from an editor that puts Allen’s book into historical context. In fact the editor, in the opening …

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Dec 05

I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas

I am Providence is a terrific novel.  It’s a murder mystery set at a Lovecraft convention.  This might sound cringeworthy at first, the sort of book open to all sorts of shitty stereotypes, but works beautifully because the novel has been written by someone who (a) has experienced the muck and guts of the fannish trenches and …

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Apr 01

Week 13: Hugo Votes, Malignant Woods and Dudebros Attitudes

Books Read Uprooted by Naomi Novik Currently Reading Just Finished The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (1) Because the deadline for Hugo nominations will have come and gone by the time this post goes live, I thought I’d share my five nominees for best novel: The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts Clade by James Bradley …

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Jan 01

My Top 14 Books for 2015

This year I read 104 novel, 4 of which I didn’t finish.  My two favourite novels of the year – that is two books you should read immediately if you haven’t already, were: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (the book that won this year’s Man Booker Prize); and Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson …

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May 15

Book Review: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

What’s It About Newly appointed Captain Breq – you may know her from the multi-award winning novel Ancillary Justice­ ­­– has been given a warship, the Mercy of Kalr, and ordered by Anaander Mianaai, Lord of the Radch – or at least the part of her personality that opposes expansion – to go forth and …

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May 04

Book Review: The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson

What’s It About I only read a third of the novel, but apparently it’s set twenty years after the 7-novels that form The Saga of the Seven Suns.  So it’s both a Book One and a Book Eight. Representative Paragraph Because I don’t want to be criticised for cherry-picking the worst example of Anderson’s leaden prose, here’s a …

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Aug 18

Book Review: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

Here’s an edited version of the Goodreads’ description (which might also be the actual blurb… I don’t know I read the ebook). Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of …

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