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 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

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

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

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

2112 by Rush

We are the PriestsOf the Temples of SyrinxAll the gifts of lifeAre held within our walls The above four lines are part of the second section of Rush's epic 2112 - a 20 minute long song that tells the story of one persons discovery of music. That is, music not controlled by the Priests of … Continue reading 2112 by Rush

To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Firstly, before properly reviewing this book, I want to acknowledge the beautiful title. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. If I hadn't already known Paolini's work that title alone would have been enough to get me to pick up this book. To pick it up with two hands, because damn, this book is a … Continue reading To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Before reading the rest of this review, I want you to do something for me. Think of the last dream you had. It doesn't have to a weird one, it could be anything. I want you to think of that dream and then consider the ephemeral nature of it, how the details shift and morph … Continue reading Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry

Have you ever wished to meet your favourite characters in person? Imagine closing your eyes and having Achilles pop up in front of you in the flesh (okay, admittedly this would be a bad one as he would probably kill you out a of a sense of misplaced and impotent rage). Maybe Fitz from the … Continue reading The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry

The Wayfarers Series by Becky Chambers

Another book review! Rather, a series review. The Wayfarers Series by Becky Chambers consists of four books each related to the other through their character's links to the eponymous Wayfarer, the ship at the center of the first novel, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. When you pick up The Long Way to … Continue reading The Wayfarers Series by Becky Chambers