The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

I have never cheered as hard whilst reading a book as I did when Elma York is sitting in the capsule and is launched into space, on her way to the Moon. Cheered and cried to be honest with you. Elma's journey is heartbreaking, frustrating, disappointing, hilarious, filled with heart, and joyful. How can it … Continue reading The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Explosion Brighter Than The Moon

Our sun is boring. That might seem like a harsh assessment of the object that literally keeps all life on Earth living, but it's true. In the context of the Universe, our star is a bland, boring main-sequence that will burn steadily for a long long time. Which is great! For us, as it means … Continue reading The Explosion Brighter Than The Moon

Suspension pt. 2 (fiction)

Suspension pt. 1 Gozi chatted as we walked, and I was barely able to slip a word in edgewise. Not that I had much to say, nerves chewed into my stomach like rats into cheese and I felt as though I was constantly on the edge of throwing up. And it’s only now I’m realising … Continue reading Suspension pt. 2 (fiction)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Before I picked this book up I wasn't sure what it was going to be like. I had no idea, in fact, what to expect. And after finishing it, I'm not sure I know anymore than I did at the start. It's fantasy, yes. Fairytale? Also yes. Young adult? I would say so. Adult fantasy? … Continue reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Looking Up

Recently I picked up the hobby of astrophotography. It’s exactly what it sounds like, pointing cameras and telescopes at the sky and taking photos of whatever object is interesting you in the moment. It’s a rewarding hobby, if also a little bit frustrating. For as long as people have been staring up through telescopes, there’s … Continue reading Looking Up

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

Clear your schedule before you pick up this book When you start The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter, you won't be able to stop. Like most fantasy novels, it starts with a prologue and, despite what your personal feelings may be on that topic, this one works. It drops you into a world that … Continue reading The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

Suspension pt1 (fiction)

I have a question to ask. What would you do with three hours, knowing that at the end of it, you’re going to die? See, I’ve spent the last thirty minutes trying to think of something worthwhile to do before I realised I was wasting time. And I have precious little to waste. Three hours. … Continue reading Suspension pt1 (fiction)

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Do you enjoy reading books with a likeable, sarcastic cast? How about ones with politics spanning multiple worlds and huge empires that seem on the brink of crumbling? Then do I have the book for you. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi is, like most Scalzi novels, fun. It’s a cast of adventurers in space … Continue reading The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Ripples in Space

I posted a few days ago about pulsars, and used the clunky analogy of an object on a trampoline to describe how matter sits in the fabric of space-time. Essentially, the mass of the object will bend space-time and cause it to curve towards the object. The higher the density, the more massive the object, … Continue reading Ripples in Space

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

When you first pick up Gardens of the Moon you a liable to feel overwhelmed after the first few pages. You're thrown into the ocean that is the Malazan world, headfirst with no instructions on how to swim or even float. You flail and grasp at anything familiar that comes your way; anything that might … Continue reading Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson